On 21 September 2021, the Conference of INGOs will organise a webinar (in English) with the Polish teachers, unionists, and NGO representatives on Changes in Polish Education Law. The webinar will explore the issue of Polish Education Ministry policies to centralise control over schools. In the new law proposal nicknamed #LexCzarnek, government-appointed officials (Polish: kuratorzy) would be given the right to appoint and dismiss school headteachers and control NGOs' access to schools. There is a growing concern that the governance of schools and decision-making would shift from local authorities to the state level. Moreover, a growing control over the curriculum of classes led by NGOs would lead to restrictions of the activities of the NGOs and students' access to quality education as the outside organisations are the main ones in Poland which provide sex education, as well as anti-discrimination and law education at schools.
The invited guests Zofia Grudzińska (Citizens for Education), Dorota Obidniak (the ZNP teachers' union), Łukasz Korzeniowski (Association for the Rule of Law in School), Grażyna Zagórny (Protest with Exclamation Mark), Małgorzata Jonczy-Adamska (Society for Anti-discrimination Education) will present the context of the recent education reform in Poland, its consequences for teachers, students, LGBTQ+ students and other vulnerable groups. They will talk about the 2019 strike and teachers, students, parents, and NGOs struggles and initiatives for better quality and democratic education.
You are cordially invited to join us at this informative meeting and exchange with the Polish civil society on 21 September 2021 at 18:00-19:10 (Poland time) on BlueJeans online meeting platform with this link: