Postat 14/01/2019 in categoria Announcements

Recruitment for the 12th UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair International Summer School starts now!

If you are interested in participation in the 12th UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair International Summer School – please send an e-mail to unescochair@aps.edu.pl

containing the following documents:

  • UNESCO grant application form – only if you are eligible to apply for UNESCO fellowship and wish to apply for a special UNESCO participation grant (the grant does not cover travel, visa or health insurance costs, it covers: participation and meals during school activities, basic accommodation at students halls, certification and a local city transport card). Part ‘B’ of this form should be left blank it will be filled by us later.

OBLIGATORY for all participants:

  1. Application form – obligatory
  2. Scans of your highest scientific degrees obtained to date – obligatory
  3. Scans of student’s ID if you are an MA or a Doctoral student – obligatory
  4. CV – highlighting academic path – obligatory
  5. Short letter highlighting why the topic of the Summer School is of interest and how the person may contribute to the research activities planned – obligatory
  6. A letter of recommendation from an academic / scholar from a University or other Academic/Research Institution – which is NOT The Maria Grzegorzewska University – obligatory

The call for participants will close on the 28th February 2019 – Recruitment results, together with the selection criteria will be communicated in March 2019. Transparent – ‘blind’ review procedure of the applications will be applied. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact us: unescochair@aps.edu.pl

For questions please give your email a title: Q 12

For applications please give your email a title: Application 12



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.

More …

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.

Contact: unescochair@aps.edu.pl

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.

More: http://www.korczak2017.com/

  • 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 UNESCOAssociation of Polish National Committee for UNICEFThe Commissioner for Human RightsThe 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