|Currently, CCE is running over 25 nationwide educational programs in elementary and higher secondary schools. Some of the programs are enlisted in the section CCE’s programs.|
Democracy in Poland, as elsewhere, will not succeed unless having responsible and active citizens. We believe that an active citizen participation forms the basis of democatic country and that schools play an important role in effective education of young citizens.
Established in 1994, the Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Center for Citizenship Education, CCE) is a non-governmental educational foundation. CCE works to promote values of civic knowledge, practical skills and attitudes that are necessary for democratic state founded on the rules of law and civil society. CCE also operates as a non-profit teacher-training institute and is registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports.
CCE believes that a quality education in schools will:
- Provide knowledge about social, political and economic life;
- Develop creativity and build critical thinking skills;
- Help students develop higher self-esteem;
- Allow students undertake teamwork and other important social activities;
- Teach responsibility and regard for a common good.
In addition, Center for Citizenship Education develops and introduces into Polish schools the most innovative school curricula in the fields of civic engagement, history, law and economic education, and it is responsible for many activities targeting teachers, students and local authorities. Currently, CCE is running over 25 nationwide educational programs in elementary and higher secondary schools. Some of the programs are enlisted in the section CCE’s programs.
CCE’s work is diveded into six programs that are responsible for different activities:
- Program 1 – Learning school – one of the projects implemented in co-operation and with funding from Polish-American Freedom Foundation, helps teachers improve their teaching skills and headmasters to increase their managinig skills. Also, it promotes a project-based teaching, formative assessment, peer-learning in schools, as well as school evaluation techniques.
- Program 2 – Culture and Heritage – is focused on art education, education for heritage and regional education. These programs help teachers find attractive and engaging methods to teach local history, promote local and national heritage, and to encourage critical reflection about history and ethnic minorities.
- Program 3 – Civic programs – is a set of programs designed for the teachers of human rights education, European education and civic participation and anti-corruption. Certain programs here were established only to address special events from political and social life in Poland e.g. the Polish Presidency in the Council of European Union.
- Program 4 – Youth Programs – supports many school initiatives of young students and shows teachers different ways to explain youngsters the way the contemporary world functions. It serves as a support center for student councils and youth leaders and as a resource center for teachers, who are looking for teaching materials about global education and sustainable development.
- Program 5 – School with class – promotes the use of ICT in teaching and learning and runs social campaign together with the biggest Polish newspaper (Gazeta Wyborcza).
- Program 6 – Students Academy –promotes peer-learning and students research projects in Math and Science. It is finances with the EU structural funds, European Social Fund.
CCE in an owner of a private publishing house (CIVITAS) which publishes textbooks and teaching guides for civics and entrepreneurship. CIVITAS’ textbooks market share for civics in secondary schools is now up to 30 per cent. CIVITAS supplements the work of all CCE programs.
Program‘s support staff consists of IT Department, Web Department, Accounting and Financial Departments.
The Center for Citizenship Education Board is formed by three members (two of them are Centre’s funders and distinguished experts in the field of civic education):
- Jacek Strzemieczny – President of CEO
- Alicja Pacewicz – Director for Programs and Publishing
- Jędrzej Witkowki – Head of Youth Programmes Department, Board Member
Management Board is supervised by the Foundation’s Council formed by four members:
- Andrzej Janowski (Chairman)
- Paweł Śpiewak
- Andrzej Szaniawski
- Jacek Królikowski
Bios of the executive board members:
Partners and Funders
Centre for Citizenship Education co-operates with numerous partners from all three sectors: Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Centre for Development of Education, National Bank of Poland, Orange Foundation, Stefan Batory Foundation, National Geographic, Gazeta Wyborcza, Bank of National Economy, Ashoka Foundation, European Parliament, and others.
CCE and its leadership received many awards and acknowledgments:
- Award for the Greatest Accomplishments in Education from Polish Ministry of Education for KOSS program.
- Accreditation of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
- The Best Investment in People Award from European Social Fund
- A certificate of Pro Publico Bono Institution
- Penn Kemble Award from The Albert Shanker Institute (for Jacek Strzemieczny, CEO)