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Partner of the Week: Science for Environment Foundation, Poland

Posted in Partner of The Week on June 15, 2017

Science for Environment Foundation (SEF) is an independent non-governmental not-for-profit organisation in Poland. SEF focuses on sustainable development utilising the scientific and research potential as well as the local resources available. Its strength lies in scientific research and organising activities in the field of youth, local development and alternative tourism.

SEF started with the Aflatoun programme in 2009. They have tripled their number of children last year going from 1,280 Aflatoun children in 2015 to 3,720 children in 2016. 1,311 of them are involved in social enterprises. SEF is implementing the programme through 145 trained social workers, integrated in the programme Choose the future.

The group of trained workers is introducing social and financial education based on the Aflatoun manual adapted by SEF. They are organising practical workshops for children and youth up to 25 years old, who are at risk from social exclusion, including those who are leaving their foster families or other childcare facilities. They started lobbying with social services to include the Aflatoun programme as one of the tools that social workers could use when working with disadvantaged children.

Invaluable was the ability to move into a completely different world. In the Aflatoun world kindness and understanding are key. Realising the importance of the community in the pursuit of goals is also one of the important things in the programme. I encourage everyone to become friends with Aflatoun. — Olga Ciesielska - Master teacher. Since 2000 she has run the Emergency Foster Family, educating more than 80 children with the Aflatoun method

Recently the Science for Environment Foundation added a new Master trainer in the country, Sylwia Pawłowska-Sipak. Sylwia was trained in March, alongside 30 other participants, through an event sponsored by Aflatoun’s  Erasmus+ project.

For more information about Science for Environment Foundation click here.