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.
- Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki (Ministry of Education and Science) https://www.gov.pl/web/edukacja-i-nauka; krajowy koordynator upowszechniania europejskiej agendy na rzecz uczenia się dorosłych – Stanisław Drzażdżewski https://www.gov.pl/web/edukacja-i-nauka/odnowiona-europejska-agenda-na-…
- Ministerstwo Rodziny i Polityki Społecznej (Ministry of Family and Social Policy) https://www.gov.pl/web/rodzina
- Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego (Ministry of Culture and National Heritige) https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/
- Ministerstwo Sportu (Ministry of Sport) https://www.gov.pl/web/sport
- Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji (Foundation for the Development of the Education System) http://www.frse.org.pl
- Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych (Educational Research Institute) http://www.ibe.edu.pl
- Ośrodek Rozwoju Edukacji (Centre for Education Development) https://www.ore.edu.pl/
- Polska Agencja Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczości (Polish Agency for Enterprise Development) http://www.parp.gov.pl
- Akademickie Towarzystwo Andragogiczne http://www.ata.edu.pl
- Fundacja "Ogólnopolskie Porozumienie Uniwersytetów Trzeciego wieku" http://www.fundacjaoputw.pl
- Ogólnopolska Federacja Stowarzyszeń Uniwersytetów Trzeciego Wieku (Polish Association of Universities of the Third Age) http://www.federacjautw.pl
- Towarzystwo Uniwersytetów Ludowych
- Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Dyrektorów Centrów Kształcenia Ustawicznego
- Polska Izba Firm Szkoleniowych http://www.pifs.org.pl
- Związek Zakładów Doskonalenia Zawodowego http://zzdz.pl
- Polska Konfederacja Pracodawców Prywatnych Lewiatan http://konfederacjalewiatan.pl
- Związek Rzemiosła Polskiego (Polish Craft Association) http://www.zrp.pl
- Polskie Stowarzyszenie na rzecz Osób z Niepełnosprawnością Intelektualną (Polish Association For Persons with Intellectual Disability) https://psoni.org.pl/
- Mazowieckie Samorządowe Centrum Doskonalenia Nauczycieli www.mscdn.pl
- Polskie Stowarzyszenie Mentoringu https://www.mentoring.org.pl/
EPALE Ambassadors in Poland
Radosław Czahajda - trainer, researcher, activist. Coordinator of the European Trainers’ Forum community, co-founder of the ‘Impossible’ social innovation incubator. He has conducted over 1500 hours of workshops, trainings and has given speeches for trainers, corporations and NGOs in more than a dozen European countries.
Dr Monika Gromadzka - lecturer, academic tutor, trainer, consultant. She works at the University of Warsaw. She carries out research and educational projects. She cooperates with NGOs and business entities. Furthermore, she is a member of ATA and ESREA. Author of numerous publications on adult education.
Barbara Habrych - teacher, HR expert, business and education trainer. She specialises in staff recruitment and labour market, HR processes, adult learning, tutoring and the development of competencies of the future.
Monika Hausman-Pniewska - trainer of social competencies, educator, supervisor and social animateur. For many years, she has been active in non-governmental organisations. She has close links with the FOSa Federation, where she works and manages a creative team of several dozen people. She focuses on adult education, holistic support of female and male leaders in their environment, organisational development and change.
Marta Kaźmierczak - ACC ICF accredited coach, lecturer at the SWPS University of Humanities and Social Sciences. Author of the “Coaching in Prison” innovation, which is a method to support the transformation processes in inmates. She specialises in working with long-term prisoners. She also acts as a job coach in job activation projects addressed to disadvantaged groups.
Rafał Kunaszyk - expert in education, labour market, trainer and management consultant, co-owner of family businesses Eurokreator sc and Eurokreator T&C, board member of Family Business Initiative Association, member of the Founders' Council. He is an education and IQS expert, trainer and advisor in the project “Accessible Entrepreneur - training and consultancy in assistive, compensatory and universal design technologies".
Sylwia Kurszewska works at the Lifelong Learning Centre in Sopot. An educator who on a daily basis works as a team coordinator for educational international projects, undertaking initiatives for various social groups. She is the president of the Praca-Edukacja-Zdrowie Association working on behalf of people who are socially excluded or at risk of such exclusion.
Dr Bartek Lis - sociologist and social researcher, culture animateur and educator associated with the Centre for Educational Practices at the Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań. His interests include civic education, audience development, ‘invisible disabilities’, the use of arts in education and social practice, and making cultural institutions accessible to people with disabilities.
Sławomir Łais - educator, learning application designer, author of publications, blogger at praktykatrenera.pl, conference speaker. President of OSI CompuTrain, co-developer of the Learning Battle Cards method and tools. Trainer, consultant in the use of modern technology in teaching. Board member of the Digital Creators Foundation.
Piotr Maczuga has been actively involved in using new technologies in adult education for more than a decade. Co-author of textbooks on webinars, webcasts, knowledge pills and other methodologies, author of training on the use of multimedia in teaching and business and author of a publication on this subject. Blogger at www.maczuga.edu.pl/blog/.
Dr hab. Małgorzata Rosalska - teacher, career counsellor, professor at the Department of Lifelong Learning and Career Guidance at the Faculty of Educational Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She specialises in educational and career guidance, labour market policy, adult education and educational policy.
Monika Schmeichel-Zarzeczna - arts historian, trainer, librarian. She works at the Municipal Public Library in Lublin. She conducts activities using the latest technologies in education, writes projects and supports the development of people of various ages and representatives of diversified social groups. Digital competence trainer in Poland-wide training programmes. A member of the LABiB Association, holder of a scholarship funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. She runs the bibliotekaaplikacji.com portal.
Karolina Suska - sociologist, trainer, tutor, director of cultural institutions. Graduate of the Jagiellonian University, the PAFF School of Leaders and the Academy of Culture Leaders. Holder of a scholarship funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Rural activist who loves working for local communities, especially conducting activities for women. She is passionate about unlocking the potential in people.
Dr Marcin Szeląg - arts historian, educator, employee of the Faculty of Arts Education and Curational Studies at the University of Arts in Poznań. For several years, he has been committed to cultural education in cultural institutions, especially museums. Co-founder of the Forum of Museum Educators and animateur of scientific and research projects.
Dr. Nina Woderska - teacher, lecturer in psychogerontology postgraduate studies at the University of Wrocław and the University of Health Sciences, employee of the Centre for Senior Initiatives in Poznań and trainer at the CREO Association for the Development of Civic Education.
Rafał Żak - trainer, speaker, author. He specialises in the development of people and organisations. He combines attractive message with factual contents that can hardly be faulted. He says that in what he does he notices the difference between a development that is meaningful and development that is an end in itself. He dispels myths, condemns oversimplifications and promotes evidence-based development.