The UNESCO / Janusz Korczak Chair in Social Pedagogy is being completely reformed.

Prof. dr hab. Anna Odrowąż-Coates – Chairholder
Full Professor at the Social Pedagogy Department (Project lead for International Summer School and for RC25 ISA Conference on Language and Society. Research Advancements in Social Sciences.)


dr Cecilia Zsögön - Secretary General

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The Chair is a university structure with an open formula, including researchers from multiple Departments, volunteers and trainees, in accordance with the organizational activities and research projects.

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Associated researchers 2022/2023: 

Dr Basia Vucic (UCL)

Dr Grażyna Chrostowska-Juszczyk (UKSW)


Doctoral Students 2022/2023:

Joanna Pawłowska, MA, MsC

Dagmara Kostrzewska, MA


Internship 2022/2023

Nicole Sanfilippo, psychology student, ERASMUS Program 

Francesca Barbera, psychology student, ERASMUS Program 

Traineeship 2020/2021:

Head of Volunteers - Aleksandra Drążkiewicz - Doctoral Candidate

Claudia Chovgrani- Doctoral Candidate

Veronique Ebana

Paulina Kamińska-Diduszko -  Doctoral Candidate

dr Tatiana Kanasz

Katarzyna Odyniec - Doctoral Candidate

Magdalena Roszak - Doctoral Candidate

dr Małgorzata Agnieszka Zambrowska

Edyta Żebrowska - Doctoral Candidate


Traineeship 2020/2021:

Karolina Kępka (Interdisciplinary MA in Children's Rights and Childhood Studies)

Weronika Sekuła (Interdisciplinary MA in Children's Rights and Childhood Studies)


Associated researchers 2019/2021:

dr Ewa Lewandowska - early education - Project Lead -  International Conference on “Janusz Korczak's Pedagogical Ideas: Framing the future of a respectful world for children and their rights.” University of Patras, Greece 24-25.10.2019

Lidia Kurcinska, MA - pedagogue, independent researcher

dr Dominika Zakrzewska-Olędzka - Hebrew

PhD candidate at UCL Basia Vucic - Chairperson for Australian Korczak Association


Informations about UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair (UNESCO website: Chair no 666)


UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair
The Maria Grzegorzewska University
Szczęśliwicka Street 40; room no 4121, building D
02-353 Warsaw, Poland
Tel. (48 22) 589-36-00; extension number: 4121

Host institution:

The Maria Grzegorzewska University
Szczęśliwicka Street 40
02-353 Warsaw, Poland
Tel. (48 22) 589-36-00; Fax . (48 22) 658-11-18


On 13th of November 2004 The UNESCO / Janusz Korczak Chair in Social Pedagogy was established at Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland. The Chair preserves the educational heritage of two important figures Maria Grzegorzewska (1888-1967 advocate for human rights and social inclusion, the founder of the university in 1922), and Janusz Korczak (1878-1942 promotor of children’s rights, the Chair’s patron).

The Chair’s activities align with UNESCO’s humanities and social sciences priorities. The Chair is financially supported by the Maria Grzegorzewska University but enjoys academic freedom to create its own goals, aligned with the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030, especially SDG 4 aimed at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all, SDG 5 aimed at gender equality and SDG 10 for reducing inequalities. At the heart of the protection and promotion of quality education is the notion of Global Citizenship Education (GCE 4.7), and its three core elements, defined by UNESCO as a shared sense of humanity, respect for diversity, and solidarity.

The Chair carries out interdisciplinary research, didactics, and organizational activities defined by Sustainable Development Goals and the issues of social inclusion, social justice, and the strive for equality of opportunity. The research themes include: social inclusion, social justice, education, childhood studies, children's rights and human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, cultural diversity and the intercultural and interdisciplinary dimension of socio-pedagogical challenges. The activities cut across interdisciplinary boundaries of social sciences: pedagogy, sociology and psychology, conjoined by the interdisciplinary nature of socio-pedagogical framing.

The purpose of the Chair is to encourage a better understanding of the conditions and socio-pedagogical mechanisms of the child’s social development, participation and well-being. The Chair works towards improving the quality of child-oriented education, education for peace, justice and inclusion, drawing from Korczak's biographical and pedagogical contributions. The Chair works to develop international cooperation, aimed to reduce inequalities between North/South - East/West disparities. It aims to build bridges between countries of diverse wealth and cultural heritage and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Chair provides opportunities to develop training programs for educators, teachers and social science researchers in order to implement knowledge and creative approaches for work with children and their sociocultural environments. The Chair organizes international summer schools, seminars, and conferences yearly, it also produces book series and co-edits several open-access journals.



Memorandum of Understanding between Maria Grzegorzewska University and BENECON SCaRL University Consortium (University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Pegaso University, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, University of Salerno, University of Sannio) 

Due to joint efforts of our UNESCO Chair and the Italian UNESCO Chairs' University Consortium www.benecon.it; a formal agreement - Memorandum of Understanding - was signed by  the Rector of Maria Grzegorzewska University (APS) and BENECON SCaRL University Consortium (University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Pegaso University, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, University of Salerno, University of Sannio based in Italy), represented by the Consortium CEO and the Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Landscape, Cultural Heritage and Territorial Governance,  Prof. Arch. Carmine Gambardella. 

The BENECON consortium created an interactive map of all active UNESCO Chairs in the World and is the leader in European cooperation, so we look forward to our future joint projects. more....


Due to joint efforts of UNESCO Cathedrals at the Maria Grzegorzewska University (APS) and at La Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) based in Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic, a formal agreement of friendship and cooperation was established between the two universities.



The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme was established in 1992. The main objective of the program is to develop partnership and cooperation by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation through the transfer of knowledge across borders.




  1. International Janusz Korczak Association

  2. In January 2016, Professor Adam Frączek - The Chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair - and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia - Professor Damir Matanović - signed a cooperation agreement

  3. At 15 September 2016, Professor Adam Frączek - The Chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair; Professor Stefan Kwiatkowski - His Magnificence Rector of MGPU and MS Barbara Sochal - President of the Polish Janusz Korczak Association - signed a cooperation agreement

This event took place on September 15, 2016 year, during the Opening Ceremony of the 10th - Jubilee -  International UNESCO Summer School. The Polish Janusz Korczak Association was a partner of your this event.  The Letter of Intent is a result of fruitful and long term cooperation between these two institutions and aims to intensify it in the future.

UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair  in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-beingis one of Associated Members of CREAN Network: http://crean-network.org/index.php/membership/members

"CREAN aims to further enhance the academic field of children's rights as an interdisciplinary field of studies. The network is composed of European higher education institutions that work together to support the development of education, research and outreach activities.

The objectives of CREAN include:

  • Promote attitudes that recognise children as subjects of rights principally as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Promote professional ethics that respect children as competent subjects.
  • Promote children’s rights to resources and participation in decision-making.
  • Promote learning between advanced programmes on children’s rights across European universities.
  • Produce innovative knowledge and meet the need of forming human resources within Europe and on an international level.
  • Foster cooperation between universities, public institutions and NGOs working in the field of children’s rights.

To achieve these objectives, the activities undertaken by CREAN include:

  • The organization of conferences and seminars
  • Exchange of information (newsletter) and good practices
  • Promotion of the interests of its members
  • Exchange of students and teachers
  • Events for students and alumni
  • Research and outreach projects
  • Scientific publications"

Informations for CREAN's website http://crean-network.org/index.php/about-crean/objectives