Project: "Poland-Belarus Journalists' Club"
Within the project entitled "Poland-Belarus Journalists' Club" implemented by Poland-Belarus Civil Education Centre in co-operation with Lev Sapieha Foundation in Minsk, there were a series of meetings and trainings held, aimed at strengthening contacts between Polish and Belarusian circles of journalists. Belarusian journalists took part in a training organised in Radio Racyja and Niva weekly newspaper, both co-created by Belarusian ethnic minority in Poland.
Project: "Improvement of water supply for Palestinian schools"
Project "Improvement of water supply for Palestinian schools" implemented by Polish Humanitarian Organisation in Bethlehem District, using the funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, foresees construction of water storage tanks with adequate water treatment plans in three schools in Beit Sahuor, Al Ubeidyah and Nahaleen respectively. The main problem that the schools struggle with is the scarcity of potable water and of irrigation water for green areas. The majority of schools have access to water supply network developed by Israeli company Mekorot, yet water is supplied only during two or three days a week.
The project is composed by the following elements:
- Construction of rainwater storage tanks:
The tanks have the capacity of 90 cubic metres each. In that region the average rainfall is estimated to be between 300-400 millimetres per square metre and possible catchment areas measure around 400 square metres (counting school's roof and surroundings).This means that in each location it will be possible to collect and store up to 90 cubic metres of water. It will be then used as a potable water as well as irrigation water for green areas and gardens.
- Construction of grey water (dish, shower, sink and laundry water) treatment plants:
The treatment plants of ground water have the capacity of 1 to 2 cubic metres of grey water a day from one school. These treatment plants neither need maintenance, nor they have to be operated by specialists, and what is more the purifying process does not involve any energy usage.
- Green areas and school gardens:
School gardens are extremely important for Palestinian schools. They offer children a possibility to spend their free time in nicer setting, and they are also a means to improve the conditions of school's surroundings, to protect children from illnesses, and to offer a possibility to carry out educational experiments in green areas. The design and creation of three school gardens within the above mentioned project will represent the contribution to the project received from local administration authorities. The estimated dimensions of the gardens are between 400 to 1000 square metres. The project also includes construction of irrigation systems, tree planting and seeding in each of the gardens. Water storage tanks and treatment plants of ground water will be the source for irrigation in each of the school gardens.
- Trainings and awareness rising:
The core part of the project is aimed at expanding of knowledge in the filed of problems related with water and environment. Trainings were organised and information brochures were handed in to pupils from grades 10-12.
Project "Kogere Primary School"
Project "Kogere Primary School" (watch video coverage) was implemented by Simba Friends Foundation in Sega village in western Kenya co-financed through the Polish-Canadian Development Co-operation funds
The project foresees a renovation of a primary school building in Kogere, a construction of additional classrooms, library, teacher's room and computer lab. It will also enable an installation of a water tank and will allow introducing improvements of medical service for the pupils of the school. The fist phase of the project has been completed, namely the renovation of the school building. Now the classrooms where the pupils have their lessons have windows, doors, and floors. They are all plastered and equipped with blackboards. At the same time, the construction works are carried out to build new classrooms and administrative rooms. More about the project at: http://www.simbafriends.org/
"Together to Europe - students exchange programme betweenPoland and Ukraine" - a project of Polish Robert Shuman Foundation
More about the project at: http://www.schuman.org.pl/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=408
Poland-Russian Federation partnership project
Poland-Russian FederationPartnership Project implemented by Collegium Civitas and Moscow School of Political Studies
On November 24, 2006 there was an official project closing ceremony of a seminar entitled: "Public administration and local government reforms in Poland", organised by Collegium Civitas and the Moscow School of Political Studies and co-financed by the MFA.
The seminar was attended principally by young representatives of local and regional authorities from Russian Federation, representatives of Russian NGOs, as well as journalist who handle topics related to the sphere of public administration and local government.
The aim of the project was to build a common ground for communication and exchange of experiences in the field of political transformation process in Poland, and in Russia in the field of public administration and local government reforms.
The five-day-long seminar which was conducted in a form of series of debates, discussions and roundtable meetings was assisted by renown specialists in the realm of public administration and local government reforms, as well as by practitioners experienced in implementing and taking advantage of structural and cohesion EU funds. Among other participants of the Seminar there were representatives of various levels of public administration and of local authorises actively engaged in local government matters.
Both project organisers and all the participants hope the seminar will be continued in the years to come.
Project of Polish Red Cross - Azerbaijan
This project is organised within a framework of a grant contest entitled "Foreign assistance 2006 - central Asian and south Caucasian countries".
A pilot project of strengthening territorial structures of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society has been implemented since September 2006. Among activities within the project there are trainings for volunteers, employees and members of local communities, purchase of materials for development of microprojects in the field of economic activity and publishing informational materials on health promotion and those promoting the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. The project foresees study visits of representatives of the Polish Red Cross to Azerbaijan and of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society members to Poland. The co-ordinators of the project are Krzysztof Kędzierski, in charge of the Programmes' Division of the Board of Directors of the Polish Red Cross and Baylar Talibov, vice secretary-general of the Red Crescent Society.
The funds come from subventions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the reserve fund allocated to development assistance.
To find out more about the project visit: http://www.pck.org.pl/view.php?id_news=394