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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers, local leaders and non-governmental organizations. Through training and grant competitions, it supports efforts aimed at improving the quality of English language teaching to children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”
    3 Rzemieślnicza St., 13-100 Nidzica
    tel. (48 89) 625-36-51, tel./fax (48 89) 625-36-62
    e-mail: j.kowalczyk@nida.pl

    englishteaching.org.pl

     

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    PAFF Directors visits the Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA
    PAFF Directors visits the Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA
    Ceremonial initiation of the first American Garden in Poland, “English Teaching” demo lesson ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    This is a system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of regular grant competitions as well as training and regional forums enabling the exchange of experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to education and training of children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Civis Polonus Foundation
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

    rownacszanse.pl

     

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    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
    It’s already for the third time that the “Equal Opportunities” program initiated probably as ...
    LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education using the best foreign models and domestic experiences. Its objective is to improve teaching and assessment methods and comprehensive school development based on cooperation of teaching staff members. Schools develop new solutions and share their best practices. The program includes post-graduate studies for school principals as well as interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools in rural ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation
    10 Noakowskiego St. Ap. 1, 00-666 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 875 85 40, fax (48 22) 875 85 40 int. 102
    e-mail: ceo@ceo.org.pl

    The School with Class Foundation ("School with Class")
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    sus.ceo.org.pl

     

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    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    In the beginning of July, while students and teachers were enjoying their summer holidays, ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw (UW), is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession. This one-year postgraduate, full-time study is addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Columbia University Teachers College in New York. The PAFF and UW School of Education also conducts training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for in-service ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Foundation for Quality Education
    ul. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 55 43 790, (22) 55 43 789
    e-mail: kontakt@szkolaedukacji.pl

    szkolaedukacji.pl

     

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    PAFF Directors met at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    PAFF Directors met at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    Prof. Anna Fornalczyk and Rector Krzysztof Pawłowski have visited the PAFF and UW School of ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities as well as activating the volunteers’ social involvement. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: +48 507 703 240

    www.projektor.org.pl

     

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    Summer workshops with “PROJECTOR” and IT for SHE Kids
    Summer workshops with “PROJECTOR” and IT for SHE Kids
    Are you active in local NGO, Farmer’s Wives Club, culture institution, community center or ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms is addressed to secondary school graduates from rural areas and small towns. The program enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. It opens the recipients a door to further assistance within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
    tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
    e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.pl

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

    The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 825 70 22
    e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org

    www.dobrasiec.org

     

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    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    High school-leavers coming from small towns or villages and low-income families may apply for ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to unleash the social energy of senior citizens. It is carried out at two levels: the “Seniors in Action” grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with ideas and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration, as well as support for the Third Age Universities by providing them with training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities that promotes TAU students’ volunteering.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Association of the Creative Initiatives "ę"
    55 Mokotowska St., 00-542 Warszawa
    tel. (4822) 396-55-16
    e-mail: listy@seniorzywakcji.pl

    seniorzywakcji.pl

     

    News
     
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    The 10th round of the „Seniors in Action” competition is pending. The competition, with its ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801-646-719, a database of organizations and institutions, as well as the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and the Kursodrom.pl). It also supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively obtain ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    "MIS@NGO”: The Klon/Jawor Association
    5 Szpitalna St. Ap. 5, 00-031 Warsaw
    Info-line (48) 801-646-719, fax (48 22) 828-91-29
    e-mail: klon@klon.org.pl
    Non-governmental Organization's Portal: www.ngo.pl
    www.eu.ngo.pl

    "FIMANGO": The Civil Society Development Foundation
    6 Kłopotowskiego St., Apt. 59/60, 03-717 Warsaw
    tel.(48 22) 616-33-16, fax (48 22) 616-32-46,
    e-mail: fimango@frso.pl

    “NGO Training”: The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
    ul. Królowej Marysieńki 48
    02-954 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 550 28 10
    e-mail: faoo@faoo.pl
    www.kursodrom.pl

     

    News
     
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
    ACT LOCALLY
     
    Grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to many different initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns, serving their developmental aspirations. The activities involve cooperation of various partners and all respond to the specific needs of their local communities. As a result, they contribute to the building of social capital and the overall improvement of the quality of life. ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland
    6 Marszałkowska St. Ap. 6, 00-590 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 622-01-22, fax (48 22) 622-02-11
    e-mail: arfp@filantropia.org.pl

    dzialajlokalnie.pl

    News
     
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    A series of training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network took place from February 27 to ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim is to broaden the knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in the practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational (website, VOD, and blog), promotional (Sector 3.0 Festivals), advisory (ICT Mobile Advisors network and e-learning), and financial (Innovation Fund).
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530 69 11 99

    sektor3-0.pl

     

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    Sector 3.0 Festival: smarter and better work thanks to technologies
    Sector 3.0 Festival: smarter and better work thanks to technologies
    Is there a recipe for effective work at the time of permanent social and technological changes? ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    This undertaking is primarily addressed to active participants of various PAFF programs, supporting development of the local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary to work effectively for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the tutoring method; placing a tutor with a leader for a protracted length of time. Program alumni are encouraged to participate in workshops, study visits to Poland and other countries, and meetings with public figures.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    Zbigniew Pełczyński School for Leaders Foundation
    12A Wiejska St., 00-490 Warsaw
    tel. (4822) 556-82-50, (4822) 556-82-54, fax (4822) 556-82-51
    e-mail: liderzy@szkola-liderow.pl

    liderzy.pl

     

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    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    “I can see in you a lot of energy, sensitivity, and willingness to change the world,” the Child ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    Under the program, PAFF currently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, offers training for local media journalists under the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and organizes the annual Civic Congress in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The Media Forum Foundation (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

     

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    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    Digital transformation of a title, local portal subscriptions, interventional journalism, and ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    From 2009 to 2015, thanks to the partnership of PAFF with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 3,808 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They have become modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education. From 2021 to 2023, the program reached over 400 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

    biblioteki.org

     

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    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How Can I Help? Was the slogan of this year’s 14th National Library Congress, that took place ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media in the implementing partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to the consolidation of social capital.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622 01 22

    www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

     

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    The Partnership Development Academy is on
    The Partnership Development Academy is on
    Almost 40 representatives of 15 Initiative Groups coming from the most active municipalities ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the environment in their local communities and dealing with climate change, as well as effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Sendzimir Foundation
    46a Mokotowska St., Ap. 25
    00-543 Warszawa

    zielonylider.org

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator

     

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    Join Green Leaders Team. The enrollment is on
    Join Green Leaders Team. The enrollment is on
    Poland will receive over PLN 100 billion for energy transformation and adaptation to climate ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and professional internships, scholars have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes one-semester courses for academics.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    Program Director: Urszula Sobiecka
    tel. (48) 504 103 904

    kirkland.edu.pl

     

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    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    The meeting of Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw is a permanent event held for ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations aimed at sharing various aspects Poland’s experience in transformation This is implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

    programrita.org

     

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    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Education for Democracy Foundation invite Polish ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    These study visits, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the EU to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. The participants are university student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova as well as professionals from countries of the Region. Under the program the Foundation supports the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) addressed to experts coming from Eastern Partnership countries.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

    studytours.pl

    News
     
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    Recruitment for study tours for students to be held in October and November 2023 is on. We ...
    SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
     
    A special program launched by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in response to the war in Ukraine is addressed to Polish NGOs helping the civilian population in Ukraine as well as war refugees coming to Poland.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: ukraina@fed.org.pl

    Contacts persons:
    Sylwia Gajownik, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 535 854 424
    Agnieszka Świeczka, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 605 787 757

    fed.org.pl/wspieramy-ukraine

     

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    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Under “Support for Ukraine”, the new program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, 59 ...
     
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    The third Convention of Public Libraries – the “Library with a concept”
     
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The third Convention of Public Libraries – the “Library with a concept”
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    The third Convention of Public Libraries – the “Library with a concept”

    The third all-Poland Convention of Public Libraries organized under the 'Library with a concept' slogan was held in Warsaw on October 11-12, 2012. The meeting was attended by over 400 people, mainly librarians from small towns and villages, members of the National Partnership for the Library Development and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

    The Convention was opened by Jerzy Koźmiński, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s President & CEO and the ISDF Chairman of the Board, and Rafał Kramza, Information Society Development Foundation President and Library Development Program Director. The Convention’s opening session took place in the “Wisła” movie theater in Warsaw. In his speech, President Koźmiński recounted the Library Development Program origins and objectives emphasizing that the principal goal of the Program is to assist libraries in transforming themselves into modern, multi-function, information, cultural and education centers stimulating civic involvement. He also stressed how important it is to build the Program’s sustainability and facilitate its results. Rafał Kramza, in turn, referred to the slogan of the Convention pointing out that the idea behind is to create a portfolio of guidelines, which later can be individually interpreted and developed by each of the participating libraries.

    Words of appreciation for the Convention participants were sent by the First Lady Anna Komorowska, who together with President of the City of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz assumed the patronage over the Convention. In her letter Anna Komorowska emphasized the important role played by libraries in the society as well as their universal values. Anna Duńczyk-Szulc, Vice Director of the State Patronage Department at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage read out the letter from Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski who thanked librarians for their involvement in the development of culture and strengthening the library’s traditional role while at the same time opening it to new forms of activity. President of the City of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, in turn, in her letter referred to the key role of a library as an open to all, common place that serves as a catalyst for local community stimulation. The letter from the President of Warsaw was read out by Małgorzata Naimska, Vice Director of the Office of Culture at the Warsaw City Council.

    The important part of the Convention opening session was the lecture given by Darren Hoerner, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s representative. ‘We must prepare libraries for the future, and a library with a concept responds to that by creating new activities and ways of acting,’ said Hoerner who encouraged the participants to inspire each other and develop knowledge gained during the Convention.

    The opening session was also a good opportunity to present the winners of the ‘Library – place for the safe Internet’ competition which accompanied the campaign popularizing rules of safety on the web among young library users. The competition was organized by the Information Society Development Foundation in partnership with Microsoft, Orange Foundation and Nobody’s Children Foundation. Next, the Olga Rok Scholarship for personal development of librarians working in public libraries in villages and towns of up to 20,000 residents was granted. This year the scholarship in the amount of PLN 2,500 was awarded to Urszula Kopeć-Zaborniak, Director of the Town Public Library in Cieszanów. The honorary patron of this initiative is Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment.

    Next, the Convention participants listened to the lecture given by Jens Thorhauge, library expert from Denmark. Thorhauge emphasized that within the last fifteen years libraries have transformed from institutions focused exclusively on collecting books to places where people can use digital services co-created by representatives of local communities. He also pointed out to challenges faced by libraries and indicated methods of dealing with them by the appropriate planning of activities. ‘Libraries must change if they want to meet the challenges of the present world. In democratic societies these changes are based on people’s personal development, dialogue, good social relations and pursuit of the common good,’ he said.

    Jens Thorhauge’s presentation was a starting point for the the ‘Library with a concept – values’ debate with the participation of Elżbieta Stefańczyk, Chairperson of the Polish Librarians Association, Tomasz Makowski, Ph.D., Director of the National Library, Joanna Orlik, Director at the Malopolska Institute of Culture and Alek Tarkowski, Ph.D, Director at the Digital Center Project Poland. Among key values the panelists listed stability and sustainability, presence in residents’ mentality, universality, education and integration.

    During two-day workshops that took place in Fort Sokolnicki, the librarians had an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and improve practical skills. There were 36 workshop sessions referring to individual areas of a library concept, such as integration, openness, cooperation, culture, education, team, arguments, information and inspiration. The participants learned, among other things, how a library can promote a healthy life style, how to support local artists, how to attract people thanks to a modern design and present the library in an attractive way in the community media as well as how to use the open resources available on the Internet.

    The Public Libraries Convention was also an occasion for the meeting of the National Partnership for Library Development, a body which comprises representatives of the world of science, art, economy, media, politics and the non-governmental sector. The significance of numerous people representing various environments involvement in the actions benefitting the Program was emphasized in a joint letter of the First Lady Anna Komorowska and the President’s Chancellery Chief Jacek Michałowski addressed to the participants in the National Partnership meeting. ‘President Bronisław Komorowski believes that the involvement of various environments in well-thought-out strategies of the country development is a clear sign of modern patriotism and attention paid to Polish matters,’ the letter reads. During the meeting, Professor Anna Giza-Poleszczuk presented findings of the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation’s research, commissioned by the Information Society Development Foundation after three years of the Library Development Program implementation. The research was carried out in communes participating in the Program and its aim was to answer the question how users benefit from libraries. The findings of this research were summed up in a “What do Poles need libraries for?’ report. Next, Darren Hoerner explained why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation attaches such great importance to the Program’s impact and Paule Andre Baran and Matej Novak, representatives of IREX implementing the programs corresponding to the Library Development Program in Romania and Ukraine, referred to the situation of libraries in their countries and shared their experiences gained during the Program’s implementation.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation is a partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in this undertaking. The Manager of the Program in Poland is the Information Society Development Foundation, established in 2008 by the PAFF. Libraries and their branches in rural areas and small towns (up to 20,000 inhabitants) participate in this undertaking. The principal goal of the Library Development Program is to assist them in transforming themselves into modern, multi-function information, cultural and education centers stimulating civic involvement. Thanks to the assistance received by nearly 3,327 libraries in more than one thousand various communes, tens of thousands of rural residents and small townsfolk will gain an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

    by Joanna Lempart-Winnicka
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

    biblioteki.org

     

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