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National Support Services - Poland

National Support Services - Poland


Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji (Foundation for the Development of the Education System)


    Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE) is a State Treasury foundation established on 11 October 1993. The Foundation’s main aim is to support activities leading to the development of education in Poland. FRSE realises its aim mainly through the coordination of educational programmes of the European Union. The programmes target a broad range of participants from children and young people to adults – from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.

    The Foundation acted as National Agency of Socrates, Lifelong Learning Programme as well as Youth and Youth in Action programmes and currently acts as the National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme for all fields of education, training and youth. On 17 April 2014 the Foundation was designated to act as the EPALE National Support Service in Poland.

    The EPALE National Support Service (NSS), located in the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, is responsible for the implementation of the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) in Poland.

    Among the most important tasks of the NSS there are: informing potential users representing adult education sector in Poland about the platform, its resources and functionalities, encouraging them to register on the platform and use its offer (blogs, discussion groups, event calendar, resource centre, etc.), contribution to the development of the platform’s content (e.g. through writing/researching articles, courses, events as well as projects’ results).  

    The NSS directs its activities to different target groups related to the field of adult learning, including decision makers, andragogists, trainers, representatives of cultural institutions and labour market. It promotes information about the platform and its functionalities at national and regional events connected with adult education, including meetings with beneficiaries of projects implemented under Erasmus+ and EFS programmes. EPALE is also present in social media (it has profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn) and publishes articles in professional press. The Office also creates its own substantive materials and publishes them on the platform. It also translates key platform content into Polish and from Polish into English. The NSS also organizes events: thematic seminars, webinars, competitions and the annual Adult Education Forum. All these events are free of charge and intended for registered users of the platform. The NSS also produces its own materials and content that is published on the platform. 

    An Important role in promotion of the platform in Poland is played by so-called EPALE ambassadors. 16 ambassadors chosen by the NSS represent diverse groups involved in adult education in Poland. Their role is to: support the development of the platform, promotion of EPALE among stakeholders of adult education, show its functionalities and encourage people to register on EPALE, create and research the content. The NSS is planning to organize regular consultative and training sessions for ambassadors.

    Moreover, the NSS will support the EPALE Central Support Service (CSS) in activities relating to the implementation of the platform in Europe.

    The NSS also cooperate with the National Coordinator for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Poland.

    Iwona Buks

    Justyna Bednarz

    Karolina Milczarek

    Małgorzata Dybała

    Tel.: +48 22 46 31 063




    Maciej BielawskiExpert in the field of social inclusion and social economy. Vice-President of the ESWIP Association, which has been supporting social and civic activity for 25 years. One of the initiators of creating the first Social Animators Forum in Poland. Animator of many initiatives, solutions, and local partnerships. Member of working groups creating public policies and planning the use of European funds in social inclusion.

    Dr hab. Dorota Gierszewski – university lecturer, researcher, trainer, community organiser, andragogist. She works at Jagiellonian University as Head of the Social Pedagogy and Andragogy Unit. Interested in issues of informal adult education, citizenship, migration, and interculturalism. She carries out research and educational projects in the context of adult social activation. She cooperates with non-governmental organisations supporting lifelong learning, shaping pro-social and civic attitudes, and national and ethnic minorities.

    Noemi Gryczko – designs online and offline learning experiences. She teaches how to use technology to engage staff, students and conference participants better. She implements digital competence development projects. She has supported over 400 lecturers and PhD students at the University of Warsaw in their digital transformation. Co-author of the book Business in a Mobile World.

    Barbara Habrych – business and education trainer, HR and labour market expert. HR specialist with experience in designing and implementing HR processes. Author of development programmes for employees and managers built on business performance models. Co-author of an expert HRM handbook. Certified tutor and trainer of tutors. Career counsellor with a flair for talent discovery. Graduate of the University of Lower Silesia in pedagogy (specialisations: family pedagogy, social psychology in education) and postgraduate studies in human resources management at the Wrocław School of Banking.

    Krzysztof Jarymowicz President of the Foundation for Freedom, initiator of the Etnoliga (a project of the year 2020 according to UEFA) and other (not only) sports programmes for equality and social cohesion. In 2021 awarded the POLCUL Foundation prize for his long-standing work supporting refugees and the integration of excluded communities.

    Agnieszka Leśny – pedagogue and cultural studies scholar, scientifically affiliated with the Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Warsaw. She works in project mode in various areas of education and business. She specialises in building commitment, effective communication, talent management, working on the team's strengths, and creating and implementing a vision of change in organisations. She uses experiential education methodologies with a particular focus on outdoor/adventure education (adventure pedagogy) and games and gamification. Co-designer of several games, including the first management game about the so-called Gallup talents, "Expedition of Power". President of the Science and Adventure Workshop Foundation. She is pursuing a doctoral project on 'School under sail' cruises.

    Dr Bartek Lis – sociologist and social researcher, cultural animator and educator associated with the Zamek Cultural Centre in Poznań, author of scientific and popularising texts and articles. Since 2012 collaborator of the Association of Creative Initiatives "ę" as a researcher, evaluator and trainer. In 2012-2017 curator of the social programme at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum (organisation and co-organisation of over 300 cultural events - debates, workshops, interdisciplinary projects, exhibitions). Originator and implementer at the Castle Cultural Centre of educational projects/cycles "Open Castle. Culture for and with seniors a little less independent", "Art in the dark", "You can't see", and "(un)new audiences". Among other things, he is involved in civic education, audience development, the topics of "invisible disabilities", "senior dependence", the use of art in education and social practice, and making the offer of cultural institutions accessible to people with disabilities.

    Sławomir Łais – CEO of OSI CompuTrain. He has been professionally involved in adult learning and the application of information technology for over twenty years. Designer of e-learning and blended learning technological solutions using various approaches to learning, including gamification, social learning, and personal learning environment. Chairman of the E-learning Commission at the Polish Chamber of Training Companies. Co-founder of the XY Learning Team. One of the creators of Learning Battle Cards - an approach that gamifies the process of designing development processes, co-author of a book describing this approach. Advisor and expert in many projects, speaker and populariser. Co-author of the LPES study "Learning Problems - e-solutions" on the reality of e-learning in large companies. Author of the book "Designing Effective Training" and co-author of the "White Book of Development Services". Author of the blog. Observer and enthusiast of civilisation changes.

    Piotr Maczuga – he writes, records, trains and makes public appearances introducing the topic of new technologies in adult education. He produces educational content and digital events daily and builds and upgrades multimedia studios. Co-founder of the Digital Creators Foundation.

    Dr hab. Małgorzata Rosalska – pedagogue, careers counsellor, assistant professor in the Department of Lifelong Learning and Vocational Counselling at the Faculty of Educational Studies of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She specialises in issues related to educational and vocational counselling, labour market policy, adult education, and educational policy. Author of books and articles on counselling and andragogy. Author of counselling support programmes and counsellor education programmes. She conducts research and training projects for educational institutions, NGOs and labour market institutions.

    Urszula Rudzka-Stankiewicz – helps people in organisations to change their behaviour. She combines training activities with real-world implementation of new skills into practice. A behavioural economics expert, gamification practitioner and facilitator. She designs training scenarios using the best methods and technologies (e.g. microlearning, social-learning). She has been recognised twice in the "Strong Woman in IT" report, I set up a shop for professional educators called Gadgets of the Trainer, I lecture for English-speaking students at the School of Management, and I run a training and consulting company called Be/have Design.

    Karolina Suska – sociologist, trainer, tutor, and director of cultural institutions. Graduate of the Jagiellonian University, PAFF School of Leaders and Academy of Cultural Leaders. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Author and animator of many socio-cultural projects. Rural activist fascinated by work for local communities, with particular emphasis on educational activities for women. Passionate about discovering the potential in people. Lover of dogs, travel and social photography.

    Dr Marcin Szeląg – is an art historian, educator, and employee of the Faculty of Art Education and Curating at the University of Arts in Poznań. For over a dozen years engaged in cultural education in cultural institutions, particularly museums. He was the head of the Education Department at the National Museum in Poznań and deputy director of the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław. He has prepared educational projects for diverse audiences, developed scenarios for educational programmes, and consulted projects of newly established cultural institutions on their educational potential. Co-founder of the Forum of Museum Educators and animator of its scientific and research projects. Initiator and author of a research project on the state of museum education in Poland. His research interests are related to the criticism of institutions, analysis of their educational activities, and contemporary art.

    Dr Wojciech Świtalski – is a pedagogue, andragog, and assistant professor in the Department of Andragogy and Social Gerontology at the University of Łódź. He specialises in theoretical and methodical foundations of the adult learning process, particularly with the use of games. Co-author of many national and international educational projects for adults. A proponent of searching for new solutions and implementing innovations in the didactic process. The efficient organiser of scientific meetings and educational, promotional or animation events. Author of publications in the field of andragogy.

    dr Nina Woderska – PhD degree in social science, pedagogy. Investigator and tutor of citizen education. Animator of volunteering and pro-senior activities. By combining the work of a self-government member in the Centre of Senioral Initiatives in Poznan with the implementation of projects in non-governmental organisations, comprehensively promotes cross-generational integration and social activation of seniors. Author of scientific and popular science publications. She works as a university lecturer. She is eager to share her knowledge with students, youth, seniors, corporate workers and inmates.

    Katarzyna Žák-Caplot– Library manager and coordinator of Erasmus+ projects at the Museum of Warsaw. Lecturer of Polish and Czech as foreign languages. Author of linguistic library and museum projects in which she combines language, library and museum education methods. She has been a winner of the European Language Label several times. Chair of the Library Section of Museums, Galleries and Cultural Institutions at the Main Board of the Polish Librarians Association. The year 2019 librarian of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship and winner of the 3rd place in the National Librarian of the Year 2019 Competition. She speaks Polish, Czech, French, English and Serbian.


    Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji (Foundation for the Development of the Education System)

    Krajowe Biuro EPALE (EPALE National Support Service)

    ul. Aleje Jerozolimskie 142A

    02-305 Warszawa


    +48 22 46 31 063
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