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 democratic 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 registered with the Ministry of National Education.
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.
CCE's mission is to support each and every student in gaining their valuable school experience. We collaborate with teachers, school principals and young people in shaping our projects, because we believe that education needs an authentic, bottom-up, collectively-pursued change.
We seek to ensure school environment built on mutual respect and partnership, with adults who fully recognize and acknowledge young people's natural capacity and motivation to learn. Our programs help schools become a space for cooperative learning and a testing ground for the power of solidarity and citizenship participation. We envision schools that assist students in finding their own way of life, developing their passions, as well as the sense of openness to others and responsibility for the world we live in.
KEY VALUES: LEARNING | RESPECT | ENGAGEMENT | COOPERATION
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 runs over 25 nationwide educational programs in elementary and higher secondary schools and supports 3 000 schools each school year.
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.ivic and Entrepreneurship Education
⇒ 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 three members: Jędrzej Witkowski – President of the Board and CEO, Agnieszka Brzezińska and Maciej Maksymów (Board Members). CCE has been established by Jacek Strzemieczny (Ashoka Fellow and Schwab Foundation Fellow) and Alicja Pacewicz.
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.
Fundacja Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej / Foundation Centre for Citizenship Education
Find more information at: old.ceo.org.pl