The Center for Citizenship Education (CCE) is the largest educational non-governmental organization in Poland. With CCE support teachers bring to school methods and topics that help students engage in their education and better cope with the challenges of the modern world. We run programs that develop faith in our own capabilities, openness and critical thinking, teach cooperation and responsibility, encourage to engagement in public life and social activities. The solutions proposed by CCE are based on over 25 years of experience, expert knowledge and cooperation with practitioners. About 20 thousand teachers and several thousand of school's directors from all over Poland use our support.
Support all students in gaining valuable school experiences. We cooperate with teachers, principals as well as children and young people, because education needs changes. We would like mutual respect and partnership to be present in all schools and for adults to perceive and appreciate young people’s natural desire to learn. Thanks to our programmes, school becomes a place of shared learning, illustrating the power of civic participation and solidarity. It helps young people search for their own way in life, develop their passions, openness and a sense of responsibility for the world we live in.
School according to CCE
We hope that, through our activities, school will become a place where students ask questions and search for answers. They naturally follow their interests.
They are responsible for their own learning process. Teachers and principals are their partners and support students in this process.
By teaching respect, such a school builds self-esteem and a sense of agency. It shows us that what the world around us is like depends, to a large extent, on us.
It develops civic engagement and activity, critical thinking and openness. It teaches us cooperation and responsibility for ourselves and others.
It prepares us to face the challenges our reality sets us.
Learning Respect Engagement Cooperation
We pursue our values on three levels:
What we believe schools should be teaching
How the teachers and principals we cooperate with teach
And how we work every day as the CCE team
CCE has started with a strong focus on civic education, the foundation has created the first civic education curriculum in the early 1990s. We have soon realized that it is much more than civic curriculum that needs changes. Gradually the scope of CCE’s activities has been widened to embrace teaching methodologies (such as formative assessment and project-based learning), theme based educations linked with civics (such as environmental education, global education, art education, entrepreneurship) and other issues (among others school management and student councils).
CCE’s work is now divided into six departments that are responsible for a range of activities:
⇒ Learning school – the program implemented in co-operation and with Polish-American Freedom Foundation, which assists teachers in improving their teaching skills and supports headmasters in developing their leadership skills. It promotes project-based learning, formative assessment, peer-learning in schools, as well as school evaluation techniques.
⇒ Culture and Heritage – the department is focused on cultural and art education, education for heritage and media education. These programs help teachers find attractive and engaging methods of promoting local and national heritage and encouraging critical reflection about Polish history. The team also runs a program on media literacy and a program supporting the use of film in education.
⇒ Civic and Entrepreneurship Education – is a set of programs designed for the teachers interested in developing students’ entrepreneurship, pursuing European education and critical education about contemporary Polish history. Project-based learning is proposed as a method together with whole-school approach.
⇒ Global and Environmental Education – the department supports teachers in their attempts to explain young people the way the contemporary, globalized world functions. It offers teaching materials and training programmes (blended learning) which facilitate their use, helping to tackle issues of migration, climate change, consumption patterns, gender equality and other related to Sustainable Development Goals.
⇒ Youth Programs – it supports school initiatives and local projects developed and implemented by young people assisted by their teachers. The department serves as a support center for student councils and youth leaders and as a resource center for teachers who foster youth activism. It also runs a nationwide campaign Young People Vote.
⇒ Education Leadership Academy of the Learning School – the program offers post-graduate program for head teachers delivered in cooperation with two Warsaw-based universities – Collegium Civitas and Academy of Special Education. The program focuses on student-centred leadership and the role of head teachers in improving teaching practices in schools.
CCE in an owner of a private publishing house (CIVITAS) which publishes textbooks for civics and methodological textbooks for teachers and educators. CCE also runs a training facility (with a capacity to host 48 participants).
CCE is funded by a number of public as well as private institutions, both Polish and international. Revenues from CCE’s own activity also constitutes an important share of organization’s annual budget.
The Center for Citizenship Education’s Board is formed by four members: Jędrzej Witkowski – President of the Board and CEO, Małgorzata Stodulna, Sylwia Żmijewska-Kwiręg and Elżbieta Krawczyk (Board Members). CCE has been established by Jacek Strzemieczny (Ashoka Fellow and Schwab Foundation Fellow) and Alicja Pacewicz.
Partners and Funders
Center 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, Center 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.
Fundacja Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej / Foundation Center for Citizenship Education