‘Get to Know about Poland’ organised by Institute for Eastern Initiatives is a long term educational project taking place between March and November 2015 in Poland and with follow-up in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. Its main aim is promotion and implementation of Polish cultural diplomacy and good Polish practices within the fields of political transformation, civil society, self-governance and economic development. All partner countries engaged in the project are in a position to be leaders in their regions in stimulating and developing intercultural dialogue and diplomacy within the European Union, Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group, as well as sharing innovative solutions with other countries in the region.
The main objectives of the project are:
-Support for development of civil societies in partner countries, especially within European Neighbourhood Policy;
-Sharing new innovative tools of learning (methodology handbook, movies,non-formal education workshops scenarios) with participants of the summer school;
-Support for teachers and youth workers in teaching about Poland in their institutions;
-Strengthening positive image of Poland in partner countries;
-Changing the attitude of citizens of neighbouring countries towards Poland;
-Promoting Polish good practices in the field of economic development, foreign partnerships, free market, political transformation, diversity;
-Increasing the potential of partner NGOs and institutions;
-Conducting events devoted to Polish culture in partner countries;
-Initiating further cooperation between the organisations.
The project consists of two main activities:
1. Summer School for Cultural Managers (18-26 July 2015, Krakow, Poland)
Summer School will be a one week intensive training course for youth workers, representatives of cultural and educational institutions, civil society activists, students, cultural managers, youth leaders from partner countries. The main topics of the training are: contemporary Polish culture, Eastern Partnership, the Polish diaspora, Poland as economic and cultural partner, civil society, political transformation, local and regional self-governments, economic development and entrepreneurship, non-formal education.
Project ‘Get to Know about Poland’ is financed by the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Poland
Participants will also participate in several excursions to places connected with Polish history and culture (Auschwitz, salt mine in Wieliczka, museums, Municipality office).
During the training two new educational tools will be introduced. First of them will be an innovative methodological handbook for conducting workshops on Polish culture, development, economy, international cooperation. The handbook will include a core knowledge about Poland, 10 different non-formal education workshop scenarios and conclusions from the participants. The scenarios will be then tested and developed together with the participants during the workshops.
The second tool are 10 short movies (approximately 4-5 min) designed specifically for the purpose of the project and illustrating issues connected with all the topics discussed during workshops. Participants will have a chance to comment and reflect on the movies and then use them in their future work.
Polish Evenings in partner countries (August-September, all partner countries)
After the training participants will be obliged to prepare a Polish Evening – a cultural and educational event focused on workshops and presentations of the topics that were discussed during the Summer School. It will be a chance for them to implement newly gained skills and competences and to make use of the methodological handbook. Participants should then present to Institute for Eastern Initiatives a photo/video documentation from the events together with PP/pdf summary of their activities.
-20 participants from 10 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine (2 per country);
-Youth workers, representatives of cultural and educational institutions, civil society activists, students, cultural managers, youth leaders;
-Interested in Poland and Polish culture, history, economy, civil society institutions;
-With some experience in organizing their own initiatives;
-Eager and committed to promote the results of the project in their countries.
The recruitment process will be divided into 2 phases:
Phase 1: Please fill in the attached application form and send it to the supporting organisation in your country before April 15th.
Phase 2: Between April 23rd – May 15th Recruitment Coordinator from Institute for Eastern Initiatives will contact only selected candidates for Skype video interviews.
Final results of the application process will be sent only to selected candidates on May 18th.
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