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13th UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair International Summer School

2020 will take place online in September 2020 with a short taster module available in July

"In Korczak's footsteps (Korczak's heritage and philosophy of education)"


The interdisciplinary academic course is provided in English

and is aimed mainly at educators and researchers, towards key skills development

Draft content 14-18.09.2020



Main Korczak's philosophical ideas


Korczak as global philosopher of education and childhood


Reflectivity practice with Korczak's lenses


In Korczak's footsteps around Warsaw - field workshop


The idea of self-governance and responsibility of a child: newspaper, court


Bobo, the infant perspective (Lecture and workshop)


Field workshops: ‘critically’ about Korczak


Korczak inspired Convention on Children's Rights


Stories and novels by Korczak


Reflective feedback – Korczak’s toolkit for self-assessment


Hours total



Place of study: Global reach. Led by the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. All activities will happen online. Recruitment closes on the 14.06.2020. To ensure participation please fill in the registration form enclosed and send it to; and pay the fee within 10 days from sending the form.


Participation cost: 450 PLN per person. (This is about 110 euro)

It covers course materials, content tuition and online course certificates.

Payment to Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej

Ul. Szczesliwicka 40

02-353 Warsaw

Account number: PL 84 2490 0005 0000 4600 6042 6422

Bank: Allior Bank SA

Swift Code (BIC) – ALBPPLPW


Payment ID: “Your Name, Surname. UNESCO Summer School”



The UNESCO / Janusz Korczak Chair in Social Pedagogy organizes, since 2006, the International Summer Schools for young scholars and researchers in the fields of pedagogy, psychology, sociology.





13th UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair International Summer School

"In Korczak's footsteps (Korczak's heritage and philosophy of education)"

The interdisciplinary academic course is provided in English and is aimed mainly at educators and researchers towards key skills development  

Date of event 14-18.09.2020

Detailed information

Place of study: Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, field workshops in institutions located in the city of Warsaw.

Expressions of interest:;
Recruitment closes on the 14.05.2020

Participation cost: 450 PLN (approx. 120 euro) per person.
It covers course materials, content tuition and course certificates.
It does not cover accommodation or subsistence.

Janusz Korczak PRIZE for GLOBAL SOUTH, (Funded by the Rector of Maria Grzegorzewska University). There will be a possibility to enter a competition for 2 scholarships; dedicated to scholars from the global South. The competition rules and eligibility will be announced shortly.


Summer School participants presenting at the Congress of Pedagogy, Young researchers' Academy Day

Summer school participants presenting amongst 89 academics from 50 countries at the ISA RC25 International Conference "Language and Society. Research Advances in Social Sciences"

Gender equality and children’s equality in liberal and conservative discourses

Implications toward language and society

12th International Summer School will take place at Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw between 1-30th September 2019.

The University is a Hub of Janusz Korczak and Maria Grzegorzewska pedagogical influence (scholars and practitioners vital for the international issues of human rights and children’s rights). Since 2006 more than 120 PhD students, post doctoral researchers and academicians from 30 countries around the world participated in previous summer schools.

This year 2019 we will host recipients of UNESCO fellowships and research experts from 5 continents representing 19 countries. Research programme attracted participants representing the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Germany, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela and Poland.

The accompanying International Conference of ISA RC25 (Language and Society Research Council) will bring academics from further 20 countries, to share the research advances with. 

This is truly a remarkable occasion to celebrate international collaboration, diverse language landscapes and methodologies. 

Hosts and volunteers of the Summer School

Confirmed Experts

A list of participants 




11th International Summer School: "International experiences in the area of refugee and migrant children's adaptation - theory, research, praxis"

Between 7 - 16 September 2017 the UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw (Poland) will hold the 11th International Summer School entitled: "International experiences in the area of refugee and migrant children's adaptation - theory, research, praxis".

We kindly invite graduates of pedagogy, psychology, sociology and anthropology as well as other social sciences, PhD students, academics and researchers whose academic-research work and practical activities are linked to the subject. We also invite practitioners whose activities are related to this Summer School's issues.

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Partners and sponsors:

The Polish National Commission for UNESCO, The CEEPUS Programme-Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange, Polish Migration Forum, The Fundation for Somalia, Polish Janusz Korczak Association, PRO HUMANUM Association, Fundation for Children "Help in Time" 

Honorary Patronage:

The Polish National Commission for UNESCO, UNHCR Poland, The Polish Ombudsman for Children, The Commissioner of Human Rights, International Janusz Korczak Association (IKA), M.A. Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights

The Summer School programme includes lectures, lectures with discussion, workshops, discussions, study visits, individual meetings with academics and other experts as well as discussion meetings devoted to the participants’ research work and practical activities realized by them.

School's accompanying events: 

  • Intercultural workshops: September 5th 2017, 10.00-15.00 (Chancellor's room). Program
  • Book presentation: Manfred Liebel, Urszula Markowska-Manista,  Prawa dziecka w kontekście międzykulturowości. Janusz Korczak na nowo odczytywany (Children's rights in the context of interculturalism. Janusz Korczak revisited), Wyd. Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej, Warszawa 2017. Prepared within the project “Polnisch – Deutsche wissenschaftliche Dialoge über Kinderrechte, Janusz Korczak und Migration / Polish- German academic dialogues about children’s rights, Janusz Korczak and migration”, no. 2016-07 received funding from the Polish-German Foundation for Science/ Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftsstiftung for the years 2016 i 2017. Book cover 
  • Photo exhibition entitled: THE KIDS OF EAST TIMOR ON THE ROAD FOR A BETTER FUTURE Experience from the field work in East Timor 2017, author: Slavena Ilieva:  

Slavena Ilieva (Bulgaria) holds M.A in Spanish philology and Interpretation, M.A in Diplomacy and International Relations; M.A in Human rights and Democratization from Universities in Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and France. She is fluent in 6 languages. She has participated in a number of election missions in Latin America, Asia and Africa with EU EOMs. She has also worked on a variety of projects in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uganda, and Equatorial Guinea as an interpreter, communication officer, and researcher. She has participated in international conferences related to migration, international cooperation, culture and education. Currently is collaborating with the Bulgarian National Radio, working as an educator and interpreter for NGOs and businesses. With passion she is studying and exploring the culture and traditions of different countries and societies. She is passionate to communicate with local people; in every trip she does not miss to capture on “film strip” the genuine colors of nature, life and the traditions of the society. Every year she has the chance to work with kids from socially disadvantaged families in winter and summer camp schools organized by NGOs to supports the kids and their families

She is an open-minded person and in the further future she aspires to have more opportunities to interact with and present different cultures, traditions. Her work has been exhibited in Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Madrid and Strasbourg.

With the Exhibition “THE KIDS OF EAST TIMOR ON THE ROAD FOR A BETTER FUTURE”, I would like to present the innocent breath of life, to picture out the authentic portrait of the kids from East Timor and their reality. I do dedicate that Exhibition to the inspiring and extremely modest kids of East Timor. Even though the extreme poverty, the MALAE (the foreigner) is always a friend. With their particular and tender curiosity, combined with a begging look, but not begging for food or money, moreover, trying in a way to attract and gain your attention, to communicate with you and to reaffirm his presence in the 21st century.

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Opening poster

37 photos with short description

Final poster

The language used during the school activities is English. 

This year we host representatives from: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Poland, Russia Federation, Romania, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey and Ukraine.


School programme

The 3rd International Congress on the Rights of the Child

Lecturers and experts; participants; organizers; volunteers

Participant data (recruitment is closed)


Photo gallery

Information for (paying for yourself) participants: 

Account holder address: ul. Szczęśliwicka 40, PL-02-353 Warszawa
Bank name: Alior Bank SA
IBAN: PL 61 2490 0005 0000 4530 3456 2606
Reference: International Summer School 2017 - [your name]

Polish National Commision for UNESCO Scholarship:

Like every year the sholarship cover the cost of accommodation, food, participation in the International Summer School, materials and an official dinner. 

Travel, visa, insurance costs or the cost of transfer from and to the airport are not covered. 

The problems of the 11th International Summer School: “International experiences in the area of  refugee and migrant children's adaptation - theory, research, praxis”, which will be held between 7th and 16th September 2017 at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, relate to an exchange of international experiences connected with academic and research as well as practical aspects of contemporary migration problems.

The subjects focus on three key issues:

  • Theoretical premises and challenges which researchers and practitioners face in the contemporary migration crisis, 

  • Research referring to the situation and needs of refugee and migrant children and youth as well problems in their adaptation and integration in host and transit countries, 

  • Practices connected with the support for migrant and refugee children and youth and their closest environment. 

An interdisciplinary look at the processes of adaptation, integration and education of migrants and refugees- children and youth – in the societies of the EU and outside EU, will facilitate a better understanding of the complexity of the problem and allow to design comprehensive pro-integration solutions. It will also allow to change the (media and didactic) language of description into a culturally sensitive one, a language which accommodates the right of every person to respect and dignity. 

It is important as much as the migration crisis is also understood as a crisis in psychological, pedagogical and didactic work oriented towards both the majority (host societies) and the newcomers – migrants and refugees. Such a view on the crisis results first of all from an unused potential and resources of intercultural educators and psychologists. On the other hand, it refers to socially harmful integration practices imprinted in the rituals of school communities and a visible fragmentary character or absence of intercultural preparation and support, including the support provided to children, youth and adults in communication and work in an increasingly diversified society. 

The number of refugees in Europe has been growing systematically for several years, nevertheless, in 2015 a record number of 1.3 million asylum applications was submitted in the European Union[1].

The weight of the problem and its character as well as the temperature of social pseudodiscourse (both at a micro and macro level) constitute important premises to address this subject in international interdisciplinary teams which bring together both academics and researchers as well as practitioners whose activities focus on the issues of migration and refugeeism. In the era of migration crisis, understood also as a crisis in values and attitudes, the motivation to create a space, an ideologically neutral and methodologically correct, international, theoretical and research-related debate as well as praxis based on knowledge (including academic knowledge) is both intellectual and utilitarian.  

[1] Data: report by Ph. Connor, Number of Refugees to Europe Surges to Record 1,3 Million in 2015 (Pew Research Center, August 2, 2016).

Important information:

This year part of the Summer School is connected with the International Congress on Children's Rights - the 8. International Korczak Conference entitled: „The Open Window – A sense of freedom” to celebrate the activities for children and the 75th anniversary of the death of Janusz Korczak, Stefa Wilczyńska and the children from the orphanage.

The events is co-organized by: the Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Poland and the International Janusz Korczak Association (IKA). Among the partners are: The Maria Grzegorzewska Pedagogical University, UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair MGPU and the POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews.


  • 2016
    10th International Summer School "The contemporary problems of children and childhood in multicultural societies- theory, research, praxis", 15th -24th September 2016, Warsaw, Poland,

in cooperation with the Faculty of Education in Osijek – J.J. Strossmayer University, Osijek, Croatia


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It is our pleasure to inform You that this year's International UNESCO Summer School has received the Honorary Patronages of
The Polish National Commission for UNESCO, Association of Polish National Committee for UNICEF, The Commissioner for Human Rights, The Polish Ombudsman for Children, International Janusz Korczak Association and M.A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights. 


The Polish National Commission for UNESCO, The CEEPUS Programme-Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange, Polish Janusz Korczak Association and The Fundation for Somalia.


With regard to the strong interest in the 9th Summer School organized by the UNESCO Chair devoted to readaptation and reintegration as problems of  refugee children, we would like to continue the subject of a child functioning in “vulnerable contexts” of multicultural societies in our research, theoretical and practical investigations. We are interested in the current problems related to the increasing flux of refugees and migrants, not only in the European Union countries, but also in the countries of the Caucasus, Arabian Peninsula, Africa and Central Asia. The problems related to the socio-psychological and pedagogical functioning of children in the contemporary multicultural societies (affected by the new quality of migration processes) seem to be particularly important for researchers, academic teachers, education politicians, pedagogues, teachers, practitioners and the staff connected with diagnostic processes and school adaptation of culturally different children in host societies. What is equally important in the dimension of empirical and theoretical analyses are the consequences of migration, refugeeism and reintegration processes related to multicultural education and communication at school and in environments which support children, to teachers’ and pedagogues’ preparation to work in culturally diverse backgrounds as well as the psychological and pedagogical support for children in their resocialization and social integration.

We would like to look at the contemporary problems of children and childhood in multicultural societies through the prism of interdisciplinary exchange of research and practical experiences. Thus, we kindly invite graduates of pedagogy, sociology and anthropology as well as other social and humanistic sciences, doctorate students and young academics whose academic-research work and practical activities are connected with the problem of a child, childhood or areas related to and rooted in increasingly culturally diversified backgrounds and societies, to participate in the 10th Summer School.

The Summer School programme includes lectures, workshops, discussions, study visits, individual meetings with academics as well as discussion meetings devoted to the participants’ research work and practical activities realized by them. The language used during the school activities is English.

The team:
UNESCO Chair curator– prof. Adam Frączek
Coordination – Urszula Markowska-Manista, Ph.D.,  scientific secretary
Organization – Aleksandra Niedźwiedzka-Wardak, M.A., organizational secretary
Organization – Dominika Zakrzewska-Olędzka, Ph.D. Student, Intern of UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair

Application form

  • 2015
    9th International Summer School “Readaptation and reintegration as problems of refugee children”, 14th- 24th September 2015, Warsaw, Poland

    Between 14-24September 2015 the UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair on Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-being at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw organizes the 9th International Summer School “Readaptation and  reintegration problems of refugee children.” Children have always been endangered to the entanglement in armed conflicts of the adult world. The previous century and the beginning of the present decade told us multiple stories about the life of children: witnesses, victims and perpetrators in conflicts around the world. For this reason, efforts made for the social integration of this generation should take into consideration psychological and educational support aimed at the child’s development and social reintegration. During the following summer school we will refer to three dimensions of the situation of children deprived of childhood: entangled in the role victims, witnesses and perpetrators in long-term (longue durée) conflicts and wars, namely: the situation; a psychological and social diagnosis of problems; practices supporting the work of non-governmental organizations and institutions as well as factors which condition the possibility of children’s return to the environments in which they were raised or the environments of new host countries. Young academics and students from universities and non-governmental organizations from Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Romania, Italy, Ukraine, South Sudan and Poland will participate in lectures, workshops, study visits and seminars conducted in English. The subject of the School, referring to the socio-psychological entanglement of children in the contemporary armed conflicts and wars of the adult world as well as the consequences of the aforementioned processes and relating to the psychological and pedagogical support for the children in their resocialization and social reintegration seems particularly important in the present world. It is vital due to the fact that a tremendous percentage of today’s migrants and refugees are  children- witnesses, victims and perpetrators of violence in present-day conflicts and wars, who exist in literature as “invisible children”, “children out of place”, children without access to children’s and human rights.
    Małyplakat Letnia Szkola 07 09 2015 PoziomReport

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  • 2014

         8th International Summer School "Problem behaviors in adolescence - forms, condition, prevention"
         September 15th - 25th, 2014, Warsaw, Poland


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Report     Photogallery  Www Szkoł A Duze

  • 2013

7th International Summer School
"Psychological and educational support for pupils/students with diverse needs",
September 15th - 25th, 2013, Warsaw, Poland

The conference program


  • 2012

    6th  International Summer School “Children’s Rights: Currant Approaches and Solutions in Light of Korczak’s Pedagogical Theories”, September 16 – 22, 2012, Warsaw, Poland - 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, Tadjikistan, Ukraine and Iran.

The conference program

  • 2011

    Fifth Edition of the International Summer School of Special Education ( September 2011) - the leading topic was Individual educational and  therapeutic programs in the education of students with special needs. Participants were from Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Taiwan.

  • 2010

    Fourth Edition  was devoted to the subject of rehabilitation

  • 2009

    Third Edition –  the leading topic was “The student with specific learning difficulties – theory and practice”

  • 2008

    Second  Edition – “The pedagogy of the Janusz Korczak”

  • 2006

    First Edition –“ The theory of training and educating people with intellectual disability”