Activities 2017
Calendar and Events

UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-being would like to invite you to attend:

  • Wrocław: UNESCO 2016 World Book Capital

You can read and write – and it seems so obvious to you. Did you know that there are countries where these skills are a luxury? Only the chosen ones can afford it. Guinea is one of such countries. Even though education in itself is free, the locals often cannot afford to buy books and school materials, or to commute to school. Faced with a choice between food and school, the first one will be chosen by the majority.

The citizens of Guinea speak a dozen or so indigenous languages. Children learn the official language of Guinea (French) only at school. However, poverty prevents some of them from ever attending school. As they do not speak French and cannot write or read – they are condemned to be completely cast out of the social life and to have no chance to develop normally.

Wrocław will transfer the title of the UNESCO 2016 World Book Capital to Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, on 23 April 2017. ‘Children from Guinea will also receive 100 000 primers to learn reading and writing,’ promises Rafał Dutkiewicz, the Mayor of Wrocław. This operation will be co-financed by UNESCO and the Wrocław municipality. The primers will be published in French, which is the official language of Guinea. This African country has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world. The citizens of Guinea speak a dozen or so indigenous languages, and the children learn French, the official language, only at school. Recently, Guinea faced an Ebola epidemic. The UNESCO World Book Capital for Conakry is to drawn the world’s attention to the problem of illiteracy in Africa and to lift the “curse of Ebola” from Guinea, in a symbolic way. This was emphasized by Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Secretary General.

We want to donate primers

The books will be printed in Africa. ‘We are talking to a local publisher. The primers are consistent with the curriculum in use in Guinea, they are certified by the Guinea’s Ministry of Primary Education,’ says Karolina Bieniek, Art Transparent Foundation. ‘We want to offer systemic help and to donate books for first graders directly to schools. In Conakry itself, more than 70 thousand children begin their education in first grade every year. The books will be in use for five years, which means 500 thousand children. The handbooks for children will be accompanied by a thousand teacher’s books. All books will be delivered to schools in autumn, when the school year begins.

‘The primer will be supplemented by several Polish poems translated into French,’ says Irek Grin, curator of European Capital of Culture responsible for literature. ‘The poems will be both classic poems and modern poems. We would like them to be not only beautiful in literary terms, but also interesting to children in Africa.’

 Colletion of books in French

 Also, a collection of books in French is being launched. The books will be donated to the newly built National Library in Conakry. The library was built on the occasion of the Conakry taking over its term as the World Book Capital. Wrocław, as the current UNESCO World Book Capital, invited member cities of the coalition of Cities of the European Capitals of Culture 2016, residents of partner cities – the French Lille and the Belgian Mons. Wrocław also asked the academic pastoral centre to forward the request to the students in Paris to donate books for Conakry. The residents of Wrocław can also join in.

On the day the term of Wrocław as the UNESCO World Book Capital ends (22 April), the residents of Guinea, like the residents of several dozen other cities in the world, will sing the World Book Anthem, that is a song, whose lyrics are the poem by Tadeusz Różewicz entitled “Włosek poety/Poet’s Hair”. The music was composed by Jan Kanty Pawlusiewicz.

During the transfer ceremony, where Wrocław will cede the UNESCO World Book Capital title to the Guinean city of Conakry, the Mayor of Wrocław will deliver a draft copy of the primer and a trophy sculpture – the symbol of World Capitals created by Hedva Ser – to the President of Guinea and the Mayor of Conakry. 

text sent by dr Karolina Bieniek

Fundacja Sztuki Współczesnej ART TRANSPARENT //
Contemporary Art Foundation ART TRANSPARENT
ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich 1/2, 50-069 Wrocław, Poland
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  •   The 3rd International Congress of Children's Rights, the 8th International Korczak Conference

to celebrate the activities for children and the 75th anniversary of the death of Janusz Korczak, Stefa Wilczyńska and the children from the orphanage.

Organizer: Ombudsman for Children and the International Janusz Korczak Association

Partner: UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair at the Maria Grzegorzewska University and POLIN Museum of Jewish History.


Book: „The Interdisciplinary Contexts of Reintegration and Readaptation in the Era of Migration - an Intercultural Perspective”

The tittle of the series: „Development and Social Adaptation of Children and Youth”.

Introduction to the series:

Children’s and adolescents’ development and social adaptation to the conditions of the transforming world are the primary focus of researchers and academics participating in International Summer Schools which have been held by the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw since 2006.

By launching a series of academic books we wish to create a space for an interdisciplinary, research and theoretical-practical dialogue addressing issues which are important in the contemporary world. The present series "Development and Social Adaptation of Children and Youth" is a collection of interdisciplinary academic publications. They are intended  to present the latest research, theories and praxis revolving around the issues connected with development and the problems of social adaptation of children and youth functioning in various cultural contexts, with a particular focus on migrants and refugees.

The interconnection of academically diverse approaches in the issues addressed and their problematization as well as outlining their practical implications aim towards opening new areas of research explorations to the readers and providing them with new knowledge. They are also intended to serve as an inspiration to improve praxis.


Part I Reintegration and Readaptation - Current Problems and Challenges

Preface (7-8)

Introduction (9-16)

Chapter 1 Smaranda Cioban • Refugee Crisis – Between EU Identity and Eurocentrism(19-51)

Chapter 2 Beatrice Signorini • Reintegration as a Problem of Unaccompanied Refugee  Minors in European and Italian Legislation (52-84)

Chapter 3 Barbara Weigl • Self-Image and the Image of the World in the Eyes of Young  Roma in Poland (85-109)

Chapter 4 Oana Rognean, Oana Ghimbulut • Exploring Resilience in Children  from Families of Low Socioeconomic Status (110-125)

Chapter 5 Dominika Zakrzewska-Olędzka • Challenges in the Reintegration  and Readaptation of Ethiopian Immigrants’ Children in Israeli Society (126-145)

Part II Reintegration and Readaptation - Practical Issues and Challenges

Chapter 6 Ksenija Romstein • Early Education Agendas and Practice in the Upbringing  of Young Children in Post-Conflict Regions in Eastern Croatia (149-164)

Chapter 7 Urszula Markowska-Manista, Edyta Januszewska • Children and Youth  with Multicultural Backgrounds in the Polish System of Education (165-187)

Chapter 8 Rahaela Varga • Communicating Beyond Words: Active Listening  as a Key to Readaptation and Reintegration of Refugee Children (188-203)

Chapter 9 Vesnica Mlinarević, Maja Brust Nemet • The Hidden Curriculum  in the Function of Promoting Equal Educational Opportunities for the Roma (204-228)

Chapter 10 Ovcharenko Olha, Gorobets Tetiana • Psychological Peculiarities  of Internally Displaced Students’ Readaptation to Study in Higher Educational Establishments in Ukraine

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  • In January 2016 The UNESCO / Janusz Korczak Chair curator - prof. Adam Frączek and Dean of the Faculty of Education at J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia - signed a cooperation agreement.

  • Urszula Markowska-Manista (PhD) delivered a lecture for students of the Faculty of Education
    in Osijek at J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia) on the subject:  Children’s rights wordwide (11th January 2016)

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  • The UNESCO Chair co-organizes  a national scientifice conference "Refugees and migrants in Poland - socio-cultural, pedagogical and ethical challenges", 17 March 2016, Warsaw
    The Conference is held under the auspices of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, the  Polish Ombudsman for Children, the Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the Polish Janusz Korczak Association.
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    Application form 
    Photo gallery
  • On 16 March 2016, on behalf of the UNESCO/Janusz Korczak  Chair, dr Urszula Markowska-Manista participated in a preparatory meeting of the Polish-Israeli part of International Korczak Association Board (IKA), chaired by the chairperson Batia Gilad.
    The meeting was devoted to the activities of IKA in the nearest two years with particular focus on the preparation of an international conference. The international conference  will be organized in POLIN Museum in Warsaw in September 2017. 
    Meeting Ika 2016 19 Marzec


International seminar:

 International aspects of Janusz Korczak Pedagogy

Międzynarodowe aspekty współczesnej pedagogiki korczakowskiej

organised by UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Wellbeing

in cooperation with Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Germany, Sparkpro Organization, Israel, Living Bridge Organiation

on 17-18 May 2016

Coordinating team:

prof. dr hab. Adam Frączek, dr Urszula Markowska-Manista


mgr Dominika Zakrzewska, mgr Aleksandra Niedźwiedzka-Wardak

Seminar schedule


International Conference of Special Education titled PERSON

 Interdisciplinary Contexts Of Early Intervention

And Early Support Of a Child's Development

21-23 September 2016, WARSAW, POLAND


The Institute of Special Education the Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw

Scientific partner:

UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-being


Activities 2015

Calendar and Events


  • We started preparing for the 9th International Summer School "Readaptation and reintegration as problems of refugee children" (14.09 - 24.09.2015)


    More than 50 million people in the world are refugees. A vast percentage of them are children- the witnesses, victims and perpetrators of violence in contemporary conflicts and wars, who function in literature as „invisible children” or „children without a place”.

    The previous century and the beginning of the present decade provided us with a number of stories about the life of children – witnesses, victims and perpetrators in conflicts around the world. For this reason the efforts undertaken for the social integration of this generation should include a psychological and educational support aimed at the development and social integration of the child. Art. 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child indicates that "State Parties shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of a child victim of: any form of neglect, exploitation, or abuse; torture or any other form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment ; or armed conflicts. Such recovery and reintegration shall take place in an environment which fosters the health, self-respect and dignity of the child. 

    Children and youth- refugees who managed to survive a conflict, war in the country of origin, are becoming the present and future generation of the European Union and the neighbouring states. In the difficult process of social reintegration of children- witnesses, victims and perpetrators, one which requires time and involvement of a number of actors, it is necessary to focus on rebuilding the children's self-esteem, identity, security, bonds as well as on preventing the long-lasting, negative psychological consequences.  

    Children have always been exposed to entanglement in the armed conflicts of the adult world. During the following summer school we will refer to three dimensions of the situation of children deprived of childhood: entangled in the roles of victims, witnesses and perpetrators in long-term (la longue durée)  conflicts and wars, namely:
    –                    the situation
    –                    a psychological and social diagnosis of problems
    –                    practices supporting the work of institutions and non-governmental organisations as well as the conditions enabling the children's return to the environments in which they were raised

    Representations of the fate of children belonging to the categories indicated above are present in an international and intercultural, public and academic discourse. However, what is lacking is a critical consideration of the practices of psychological support for children in their resocialisation and readaptation. The portrayal of children's experiences which emerges from the accounts of refugee children (the Crimea, Syria, Egypt, Libia, Central African Republic, Chechnya, Palestine), present in parents' narrations, academic publications, journalistic writing and court case files,  is extremely dark, violent and  often difficult to accept.


    The 9th International Summer School is targeted at young researchers in the fields of psychology, education, sociology and interdisciplinary studies from Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraina. All participants should speak English.
    Information for participants
    Participant data
    Programme - draft


  • Within the framework of cooperation with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, the UNESCO Chair hosted a group of students. 

    The meeting was devoted to the situation of the Roma minority in Poland and the issues of the education of children of Roma origin. A lecture on the subject gave Małgorzata Różycka , Ph.D., representative of the Ministry of the Interior, Department for Roma Minority. March, 5th, 2015

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  • The  UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair's chairholder, prof. Adam Frączek and the Chair's scientific secretary, dr. Urszula Markowska-Manista took an active part in a National Scientific Conference "The validity of Janusz Korczak and Stefania Wilczyńska's pedagogy", presenting a paper: The universality and validity of Korczak's pedagogical ideas in the activities of UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies in Child Development and Well-being.The aim of the conference, whose participants were thoreticians and practicians of care and education, was an analysis of Janusz Korczak and Stefania Wilczyńska's pedagogy and drawing attention to its validity.

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  • The 9th  International Summer School: “Readaptation and reintegration as problems of refugee children”.

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  • On September 30th the UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair at the Academy of Special Education hosted a study visit – students from Danish Institute for study Abroad. The study visit was conducted by Magdalena Rowicka, PhD, an assistant professor at the Institute of Applied Social Psychology who gave a lecture on ‘Risk behaviours among immigrants, refugees and socially excluded - a lesson learnt from behavioural addictions. Observations, Comments and Discussion’. During the lecture the participants discussed the nature and prevalence of risk behaviours, including gambling, among refugees and migrants, examples of protective and risk factors, as well as, prevention strategies and techniques to be applied. Finally, the participant  developed draft action plans of re-adaptation process employing the knowledge of psychological and psychosocial factors underlying behavioural choices.


  • On 12 October 2015 a group of young educators - university graduates from Israel arrived at a study visit at the Academy of Special Education.

    The guests visited the Maria Grzegorzewska Museum and met prof. Adam Frączek and dr. Urszula Markowska-Manista. The discussion and presentation were devoted to the UNESCO J. Korczak Chair as well as questions concerning educational policy for national and ethnic minorities and foreigners in Poland.

    The visit took place within the Project "Leadership Program- seminars for Israeli educators in Poland" realized by the Living Bridge Foundation and Sparkpro Organization from Israel, thanks to a grant from the Chancellery of The Prime Minister. The aim of the project is to enable a meeting between young educators, leaders and persons engaged in work for local communities from Poland and Israel. During their one week visit the Israelis expand their knowledge about contemporary Poland, contemporary Polish- Israeli history and Polish- Israeli relations, taking part in numerous meetings, study visits, workshops and visiting the monuments of Polish and Jewish culture.


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  • The UNESCO Chair's Chairholder, prof. Adam Frączek, took part in a General Report-Election Meeting of the Polish Janusz Korczak Association Delegates.

    A General Report-Election Meeting of the Polish Janusz Korczak Association Delegates took place at the Youth Cultural Centre in Lazienkowska St. in Warsaw on 17 October 2015. 


    Stow J Korczka       Stow Korczak1


  • Dr Urszula Markowska-Manista delivered a presentation: “The rights of children ‘out of place’ - praxis and international policy for the protection of children’s rights” in Georgia during the International Conference "Politics around Caucasus" prepared by  the Institute for Georgia's neighbourhood Studies IGNS on  Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University November 13-14, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2015

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  • General Assembly of International Januszk Korczak Association in Munich, Germany, November 21, 2015


    During  the annual IKA meeting on 21 November 2015 the UNESCO Chair became a full member of International Janusz Korczak Association.

    The General Assembly of the International Korczak Association took place on November 21 in Munich. The national committees and organizations reported on their work and the new IKA'a Board was elected.

    Results of the elections for different functions in International Korczak Association held in Munich, Germany on November 21, 2015 - during the General Assembly of IKA:
    Chairperson - Batia Gilad, Vice Chairpersons: Barbara Janina Sochal, Jonathan Levy 
    Secretary General - Tomasz Polkowski, Vice Secretaries General: Conny Muller and Malgorzata Kmita 
    Treasurer - Jacek Krogel 
    Board Members: Basia Vucic - Australia, Jerry Nussbaum - Canada, Anna Bystrzycka - Czech Republic, Jonathan Levy - France, Cornelia Mueller - Germany, Siegfried Steiger - Germany, Roza Valejeva - Russia, Avi Tsur - Israel, Barbara Janina Sochal - Poland, Jacek Krogel - Poland, Marta Ciesielska - Poland, Korczakianum, Teresa Skudniewska - Poland, Urszula Markowska Manista - Poland. Marichka Prokopchuk - Ukraine, Inna Spivakova - Ukraine, Malgorzata Kmita - United Kingdom, Gerard Kahn - Switzerland
    Auditing Committee: Daniel Halperin, Irena Skipor Rybacka, Theo Cappon



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Newsletter of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO

Activities 2014

Calendar and Events


  • We started preparing for the 8th International Summer School "Problem behaviors in adolescency - forms, conditions, prevention" (15-25.09.2014).
    Draft programme


  • Professor Adam Fraczek, Chairman of the Janusz Korczak UNESCO Chair participated
    in a consultant meeting of UNESCO Chairs Chairmen in Poland in the International Centre for the Promotion of Technology and Education AGH - UNESCO, the Stanislaw Staszic Academy of Science and Technology, which took place on 5 March 2014. The meeting was an opportunity to present the units and exchange experience in the area of functioning and possible common initiatives in the future.


  • The Janusz Korczak UNESCO Chair and the Institute of Applied Psychology at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw organized a  lecture  "MY JOURNEY FROM CREATING EVIL TO INSPIRING HEROISM" by professor  Philip ZIMBARDO a famous American psychologist.

    Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the “voice and face of contemporary psychology” through his widely viewed PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his media appearances, best-selling trade books, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now emeritus), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He also continues to teach at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey (courses on the psychology of terrorism), and is professor at the Palo Alto University (teaching social psychology to clinical graduate students). Zimbardo has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, media contributor, and for service to the profession of psychology. He has been awarded the Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 400 professional publications, including 50 trade and textbooks, is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, and Core Concepts in Psychology in its 7th Edition. His popular book on shyness in adults was the first of its kind, as was the shyness clinic that he started in the community and continues as a treatment-research clinic at the Palo Alto University in Palo Alto.

    The meeting was held on 11 April 2014 (Friday), at 11 a.m. in Janusz Korczak lecture hall (building C, 1st floor) at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education.
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  • Urszula Markowska-Manista, Ph.D, scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair, conducted interviews with Professor Zimbardo in April 2014 and prepared a text for the academic journal: MAN-DISABILITY-SOCIETY, entitled "Inspiring goodness and heroism in the contemporary world - an interview with professor Philip Zimbardo by Urszula Markowska-Manista , Ph.D." 

    The full interview: Professor Philip Zimbardo in a conversation with Urszula Markowska-Manista, Ph.D. - "Heroic Imagination Project by professor Philip Zimbardo and the reality of the contemporary education of the youth" will be published in the academic journal PAREZJA - a Journal Forum of Young Pedagogues by the Committee on Pedagogical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

  • Urszula Markowska-Manista - scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair, conducted an international seminar entitled: "International relations and intercultural communication. Place - People - Space in everyday intercultural communication” during an  international project „Active Youth against Unemployment” for students from 6 countries: Latvia, France, Poland, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, 25 April - 1 May 2014 , Tbilisi, Georgia.  

    The project was financed from European Union funds 2014. 


  • Professor Adam Frączek – UNESCO Chair Holder and Professor Anna Firkowska-Mankiewicz delivered a common lecture "Some thoughts on the difficulties in the implementation of inclusive education in Poland" during an international seminar: The Polish Jewish Pioneer on Children's Human Rights, Janusz Korczak (1878-1942) and the right of the child to respect without discrimination of any kind and protection against all forms of discrimination according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child   in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations, Geneva,  31 May 2014.


  • Urszula Markowska-Manista,  Ph.D – scientific secretary at the UNESCO Chair, as a researcher became a member of an interdisciplinary Expert Team on intercultural education whose task is to design the Polish Frame of Intercultural Competences for the system of education. The Team consists of representatives of various environments involved in the problem of intercultural education:

      • the Ministry of National Education,
      • Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment,
      • Office for Foreigners, Social Aid Department,
      • school head teachers, including heads of multicultural schools,
      • methodology consultants and counselors employed in teacher training centres,
      • researchers dealing with the problem in question,
      • Department of Education,
      • non government organisations and intercultural education practitioners,
      • local government units.

    The first seminar devoted to the Team's work took place in ORE centre (Centre for Education Development) in Sulejowek between 9-10 June 2014.


  • Urszula Markowska-Manista, Ph.D. - scientific secretary of the UNESCO Chair conducted lectures on the subject of: “Multiple-discrimination of disabled children with a migrant background” and “ Discrimination against migrant, ethnic and national minority children in education”  during the  Summer School “Children’s Rights to Non-Discrimination” at the Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal), July 14-27, 2014.


  • Between October and November 2014 Urszula Markowska-Manista Ph.D. was on an academic scholarship in Germany at the Freie Universität Berlin (Childhood Studies and Children's Rights) in  Berlinie and at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg

    The scholarship was granted within cooperation with the Foundation The Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO) as well as involvement in a international project: „Teachers: Agents of change. A strategic approach to anchoring development education in Czech and in Polish formal education systems” - "Female teachers are changing the world", financed from the means of the European Union within EuropeAid program 2013-2015


  • The UNESCO Chair was involved in providing academic and substantive support to guests from Ukraine, UNESCO scholarship holders

    Guests from Ukraine – Dragomanov State Pedagogical University in Kiev

    Visit time  November / December 2014

    Viktoria Fesenko, university employee, M.A. degree in history, postgraduate studies, diploma thesis on the Polish minority in USSR between 1923-1932. Interest area: European education policy, ethnic minority education, ethnic minority educational achievements, inclusive education

    Gennadii Stavytskyi ,M.A. In psychology and sociology. Teacher, university employee, postgraduate studies, diploma thesis on social and psychological factors influencing the development of ethnic identity in puberty

    Visit program – main points

    Urszula Markowska-Manista Ph.D

    Information about programs and institutions dealing with ethnic minorities and publications

    Iwona Zielinska, Ph.D

    Conflict, crisis, mediation (sociology)-a lecture

    Tatiana Kanasz, Ph.D

    The problem of identity and gender – a lecture

    Marta Cobel-Tokarska, Ph.D

    „The cultures of neighbours” - a workshop

    Prof. Danuta Duch

     ‘”An analysis of a discourse” - a seminar


  • Urszula Markowska-Manista Ph.D. participated as a keynote speaker in an international conference: "The Best Interests of the Child": a dialogue between theory and practice. Focus on the best interests of the child in family affairs", on December 9th and 10th 2014 organized by the Belgian authorities, in cooperation with the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe in Brussels.

  • 10th anniversary of UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Wellbeing

    On 13 December 2014 the Academy of Special Education organised a meeting commemorating the 10th anniversary of UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-being.
    The meeting devoted to a decade of activity of UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair as well as
    a discussion on the subject of areas and forms of cooperation of the UNESCO Chair with Polish Janusz Korczak institutions was organised in cooperation with the Polish Janusz Korczak Association.

    Prof Adam Frączek Rozpoczyna Spotkanie



Activities 2013

Calendar and Events



  • Participation in the celebration of 50th anniversary of naming Lower Secondary School in Chojna after Janusz Korczak , chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair, March 2013.


  • Participation in the international conference „Schule in der Migrationsgesellschaft -Mit den Herausforderungen von Vielfalt, Differenez und Integration umgehen lernen;  Scientific Secretary of the UNESCO Chair, Urszula Markowska-Manista PhD Berlin, Germany 29th– 30th April 2013.


  • Organization of a visit in Warsaw of a group of students and teachers from Janusz Korczak's Lower Secondary School in Chojna: a sightseeing trip – following the footsteps of Janusz Korczak, a visit at the Jewish Historical Institute; Professor Adam Frączek, Krystyna Urbańska, Urszula Markowska-Manista PhD the Scientific Secretary of the UNESCO Chair,  May 2013.


  • The UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair has signed an agreement on cooperation with the Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO) within the international project Teachers: Agents of change. A strategic approach to anchoring development education in Czech and in Polish formal education systems , financed from EU funds as part of EuropeAid 2013-2015 project.
    The cooperation assumes:
    a) an exchange of information on realized activities concerning the problem of intercultural and global education, research on the well-being of children, comparative studies
    b) cooperation of appointed representatives of both sides in the area of preparation of popular science and science publications as well as teaching activities projects
    c) participation of representatives of both sides in events (seminars, conferences, meetings, consultations, study visits (including visits in Great Britain etc) , concerning intercultural and global education as well as developmental problems, organized by one of the sides.

  • Participation in the national scientific conference: „Everyday life of school. Theory- research- practice” organized by the School Pedagogy Institute, Department of Pedagogy, Sociology and Health Science of the Pedagogical University named after the Commission of National Education in Cracow and the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw; Speech: Everyday life of school and family home of culturally diverse students, Scientific Secretary of the UNESCO Chair, Urszula Markowska-Manista PhD, Zakopane, 4th – 6th June 2013.

  • Professor Adam Frączek - Ph.D, participated, as panelist (“Janusz Korczak – a teacher for teachers”) in the 5th International Seminar: The Polish Jewish Pioneer on Children's Human Rights, Janusz Korczak (1878-1942) and the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. - 8 June 2013, in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations, Geneva.

  • Participation and a speech in the symposium „Janusz Korczak as a teacher of teachers” –  in reference to the 90th anniversary of The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw, Professor Adam Frączek chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair, June 2013.


  • Urszula Markowska-Manista - Ph.D, scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczk Chair participated, as panelist, in the conference Children as actors for transforming society, organized by the CAUX Foundation as part of the project „Caux 2013 Initiatives for human security”;
    Speech: "Children-soldiers and children of indigenous peoples - (in)direct victims, witnesses and agents of conflict. The problem of children's participation from local perspective".
    (24-30 July, 2013).


  • Dr Urszula Markowska-Manista - participation in the International conference: "Coping with New Legal Challenges in Education, Building safe schools for children with rights; Dignity in Education - case studies". Presentation entitiled: "Reforming the Legal Status of Teachers in Poland", September, 13-14, 2013, Kaunas (Lithuania).

  • Dr U. Markowska-Manista -  presentation entitled: « Academy and global issues »  during
    an international academic seminar at the Institute of Political Science of The Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (UKSW) Warsaw, organized by the Institute of Global Responsibility IGO within the project “Teachers: Agents of change.  A strategic approach to anchoring development education in Czech and in Polish formal education systems”, financed from EU funds
    as part of Europe-Aid  2013-2015, September, 27, 2013 Warsaw.

  • The 7th International Summer School “Psychological-pedagogical support for students with diverse needs” was held between 15-25 September 2013. Academics, post-graduate students and students- specialists in the area of psychology and pedagogy from Belarus, Iran, Kazachstan, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Poland took part in the event.
    The participants represented the following foreign universities:  Freie Universität Berlin, Kazakh National Pedagogical University- Abay, Maksim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University, Kamenets-Podilsky State University, Herzen University - St. Petersburg, Kazan Federal University, Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. The Polish participants were post-graduate students from the Academy of Special Education as well as a representative of the Foundation “Closer to a Child”.

    The Summer School program included lectures, workshops and study visits. A number of meetings with academics from the Academy of Special Education were also planned within individual programs.The term “students with diverse needs” covers a wide range of phenomena, problems and methods of solving them. The needs of students with intellectual dysfunctions vary from those of students with physical dysfunctions (hearing, sight, motor organs). There are separate groups of socially maladjusted students, children with specific learning difficulties (dyscalculia, dysgraphy, etc), refugee children (language communication), children suffering from trauma connected with natural disasters or wars, but also remarkably talented students. All these problems found their reflection in the content of lectures and the subjects of study visits. However, detailed discussions, becoming familiar with current curricula and methods of work with students was possible only through individual programs – Summer School participants' meetings with academics- specialists from the Academy of Special Education.
    Within individual programs the Summer School participants visited educational institutions which realize in Poland the idea of inclusive education: Multicultural Humanistic Secondary School under the patronage of Jacek Kuron in Warsaw, 31 Kłopotowskiego St., Special Schools Complex – Early Development Support Complex in Warsaw, 44 Białobrzeska St. and Integrated Preschool no 209 in Warsaw,  26 Sienna St.

    The meeting was also an opportunity to present publications of the Academy of Special Education, including journals with points awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: “Man – Disability – Society”, which include articles written by participants of previous editions of Summer School. Among the materials presented to this year's edition participants one should name: A publication in English edited by prof. Ewa M. Kulesza – a collection of case studies authored by the participants of the 5th Summer School of Special Pedagogy, entitled ”Students with special needs – World experience”, Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej 2013., publication “Man – Disability- Society” no for 2013 and periodical "Special School” no 1,2,3 for 2013.
    At the end of the 7th International Summer School we asked the participants for a brief evaluation of the program and its realization. The opinions highlighted the diversity of subjects and an interesting structure of the program, expressed appreciation of the possibility to exchange experiences and compare systems of education as well as curricula in various countries. The visited educational institutions, where practical application of pedagogical theory was presented during meetings with the staff and lesson activities, were also positively evaluated.
    Positive assessment was also expressed for individual programs which provided the possibility to discuss issues connected with particular problems or academic specialties represented by the participants.In their free time the guests were offered meetings with the staff of University of Warsaw Library and the Library of the Academy of Special Education, sightseeing in the Old Town, Lazienki park and Wilanów as well as Warsaw Rising Museum.


  • Dr U. Markowska-Manista - presentation of a research project in the South Caucasus in Georgia: “Forgotten minorities in Georgia: tradition, education and everyday life in the face of transformation » during the meeting of Polonia members in the Caucasus House with the participation of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Tbilisi, November, 22, 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia. 


  • Professor Adam Frączek participated in the International Conference “The realtion with socially vulnerable children and adults’ organized by The Janusz Korczak Vlaanderen Association, December 13-15, Ghent, Belgium.




Activities 2012

Activities of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair at The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education during the Janusz Korczak Year (2012)

His Magnificence Professor Jan Łaszczyk,
Rector of the Academy of  Special Education, was a member of the Honorary Committee for the Celebration of Janusz Korczak Year.

Calendar and Events


  • article publication; „Dzieci należy traktować poważnie. Rok Janusza Korczaka”    (Children need to be taken seriously. The Janusz Korczak Year) in: Miesięcznik Dyrektora Przedszkola  (The Kindergarten Director’s Monthly), Oficyna MM, Poznań;  dr  Urszula Markowska-Manista, scientific  secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair


  • UNESCO Chair motion to the Academy Senate to name the Academy lecture hall  after Janusz Korczak. After the Senate’s resolution, unveiling of the Janusz Korczak  memorial plaque as part of the celebrations of the Academy’s 90th anniversary.                                                                                                                                                               
  • UNESCO Chair motion (with the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Science ) to the   Academy Senate to award a doctor honoris causa degree to professor Szewach Weiss.   Laudation prepared and presented by professor Adam Frączek, chairperson of the  UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • presentation: “Słowo, obraz i dźwięk a prawa dziecka. Z badań nad metodą ORA w   szkołach jednego z regionów Republiki Środkowoafrykańskiej „(„Word, image and sound in relation to children’s rights. Research on the ORA method in schools in one the  regions of the Central African Republic”) at the conference “Wychowanie przez sztukę  w procesie kształtowania wrażliwości międzykulturowej” (Education through art in  the process of shaping intercultural sensitivity), University of Warmia and Mazury;
  • participation in the discussion on children’s rights in Poland and the Janusz Korczak   Year events organised by PAP S.A. and commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign  Affairs for journalists from Ethiopia, along with a study visit in the Korczakianum   Centre; dr Urszula Markowska-Manista, scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz   Korczak Chair.


  • participation in the work of the Child Rights  Protection Committee within the “Świat Przyjazny Dziecku” (A Child-friendly World) competition; Professor Adam Frączek, chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • presentation :“Korczak w Afryce. Prawa dziecka w Afryce Środkowej” (Korczak  in  Africa. Children’s Rights in Central Africa) at the Polish Janusz Korczak  Association;  dr Urszula Markowska-Manista, scientific secretary of the UNESCO  Janusz Korczak Chair.


  • participation in the discussion organised by Radio dla Ciebie titled  “Wieczór RDC:  o człowieku, który marzył i walczył o prawo dziecka do szacunku” (“Radio dla Ciebie Evening - about a man who dreamed and fought for the child’s right to respect”); Professor Adam Frączek, chairman of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair


  • participation in the 70th anniversary commemoration of rounding up and transporting  Janusz Korczak and his wards to the concentration camp; professor Adam Frączek, chairman of UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair and dr Urszula Markowska- Manista, scientific secretary of the Chair.


  • organisation (along with the Polish National Commission for UNESCO as well as the International and Polish Janusz Korczak Associations) and management of the  International Summer School “Children’s Rights – Current Approaches in Light of  Korczak’s Pedagogical Theories”, held on September 16th – 21st and including lectures (by Mr M. Michalak, Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Poland; Professor Barbara Smolińska-Theiss, ASE;  Ms Halina Bortnowska,  Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights; Ms Teresa Ogrodzińska, Comenius Foundation for Child Development; Ms Marta Ciesielska, Korczakianum Centre for Documentation and Research; and others), study visits (Non-public Gymnasium and High School managed by Ms Krystyna Starczewska; Child Right Protection Committee managed by  Ms Mirosława Kątna; and others) and workshops. The participants included ASE  students and post-graduate students, young scholars of pedagogy and psychology  from Israel, turkmenistannde Ukraine and Iran.
  • participation in the “There are no children – only people” conference, organised by Mr Marek Michalak, Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Poland along with the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship education authorities, the local government in Białystok and the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic at the European Art Centre in Białystok; Professor Adam Frączek, chaiperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.        
  • patronage of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic - Musical Korczak; Professor  Adam Frączek, chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • co-chairing of the discussion panel on the activities of the Ombudsman for children  at the XXVI Young Pedagogues’ Summer School organised by the Committee on  Pedagogical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białystok-Supraśl; dr Urszula Markowska-Manista, scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.


  • participation in the unveiling of the memorial plaque at the Orphans’ Home on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the orphanage by Janusz Korczak and Stefania Wilczyńska; Professor Adam Frączek, chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz  Korczak Chair.


  • participation and chairing of the discussion panels “Implementations of the 1989 Convention on the Right of Children”, “Toward Quality Education: Starting from Early Childhood” and “Innovations in Pedagogy: Children as Active Global Citizen - Janusz Korczak Heritage” during the seminar “The Child’s Right to Respect in  in Practice” organised by UNESCO, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO and the director of the Polish Cultural Institute in Paris as part               of the celebrations of Aniversary of Children’s Rights Declaration and the Janusz  Korczak Year ; Professor Adam Frączek, chairman of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • presentation of the activities of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair at the  Academy of Special Education as part of the panel discussion “Doktor Korczak nadal uczy” („Doctor Korczak Continues to Teach”), organised by the Centre for  Education Development and the Polish Janusz Korczak Association; Professor  Adam Frączek, chairperson of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • presentation: “Prawa dzieci w sytuacji wojny i konfliktu” (“Children’s Rights  During War and Conflict”) at the scientific conference “Prawa dziecka a zagrożone  dzieciństwo we współczesnym świecie” (Children’s Rights and Childhood Under Threat in the Contemporary World) held at The Józef Rusiecki Academy in Olsztyn;  dr Urszula Markowska-Manista, scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • presentation in German: “Janusz Korczak und Seine Pädagogik in der Gegenwart  the Janusz-Korczak-Haus in Bremen, Germany; dr Urszula Markowska-Manista,  scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.


  • participation in the meetings and activities of the international Children’s Rights Congress in the Janusz Korczak Year, entitled “Prawo dziecka do szacunku –  wyzwania XXI wieku” (The Child’s Right to Respect – challenges in the XXI century) and:
  • conducting the section “Obywatelstwo dziecka na nowo odczytane” (The Child’s Citizenship Understood Anew) with presentations in English as part of a scientific conference; Professor Adam Frączek, chairman of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • presentation: “Prawa dzieci w życiu codziennym – europejska wizja,  środkowoafrykańska rzeczywistość. Raport z badań” (Children’s Rights in Everyday Life – European vision and Central African Reality. Research report)  as part of a scientific conference with the participation of non-governmental  organisations in the Polish Parliament; dr Urszula Markowska-Manista,  scientific secretary of the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair.
  • cooperation in organising the Intenational Seminar of Korczak’s Good Practices entitled “Korczak. Lubię to” (Korczak. I like it) held by the Emanuel  Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute.


  • ,,Faces of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Materials for Global Education for Teachers”, edited by K. Gorak-Sosnowska, U. Markowska-Manista, Academy of Special Education Publishing, Warsaw, 2011. This publication covers the requirements of the updated core curriculum in Poland (global education) and received the honorary patronage of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO
  • Learning through playing. Toys and games of Central African Republic Pygmies”, by U. Markowska-Manista, in: M. Jackowska Uwadizu, H. Rubinowska – Anioł (ed.) Africa for schools. Educational materials for pre-school teachers, Elipsa Publishing, Warsaw 2011
  • Games that I remember. Somalia/ Soomaaliya,ciyaaraha aan xusuusto” by U.Markowska-Manista (with A. Farah Gabeire), in: M. Jackowska Uwadizu, H. Rubinowska – Anioł (ed.) Africa for schools. Educational materials for pre-school teachers, Elipsa Publishing, Warsaw 2011.
    Project coo-financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs/2011, Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw Faculty of Oriental Studies, Warsaw, 2011.