• September 16, 2019
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2nd Educational Fair of Polish Schools in Lithuania

2nd Educational Fair of Polish Schools in Lithuania

On September 14th, at Katedralny Square, Polish schools from the Vilnius region presented their offer during the 2nd Educational Fair “100 colors” organized by the Association of Polish School Teachers in Lithuania “School Matrix”.

– The slogan of this year’s fair is: “From kindergarten to university in the native language”. I am very happy that this slogan is fully implemented and today we present education opportunities at all levels of education – Krystyna Dzierżyńska, vice president of Macierz Szkolna, commented for Kurier Wileński.

– I am very happy that we are together on the Cathedral Square. Today, we are even more resilient, stronger than before and offer high-quality education. I am pleased that from September 1st we have another junior high school, Junior High School Szymon Konarski, and 11 and 12 classes have a school in Leszczyniaki, as well as the first high school Adam Mickiewicz in Vilnius. Our joint work really pays off. We work for our youth. We really know that a Polish child must study in a Polish school – Edyta Tamošiūnaitė, deputy mayor of Vilnius, emphasized in her speech.

In the official part also the following spoke: Marta Poznańska, representative of the Consular Department of the Polish Embassy in Vilnius, Robert Komarowski, deputy mayor of the Vilnius region and Józef Kwiatkowski, president of Macierz Szkolna. Bożena Kisiel, president of the Vilnius and Vilnius Land Society in Gdańsk, talked about cooperation between Vilnius and Gdańsk.

– I am full of feelings such as emotion and joy. I walk around Cathedral Square and meet my friends all the time. It wasn’t until today that I realized that I had left here when I was a baby, and yet I have friends here such as students of the Junior High School. J. I. Kraszewski, who gave me a flower. My joy also results from the fact that the cooperation between Gdańsk and Vilnius is developing – said the president of the organization from Pomerania, which hosted the fair as part of the event “Gdansk in Vilnius”.

Observing the fair, she saw new opportunities for cooperation between the two cities.

– We do not have contact with the parents of students of Polish schools in Lithuania yet. I think this is a field for development. A lot of Vilnius school graduates live in Gdańsk. They are wonderful people who selflessly help us in the implementation of programs related to our friendship – said Kisiel.

Each of the institutions prepared not only information about the school, but also interesting activities for children

During the fair, the Lyceum of Adam Mickiewicz, Primary School in Cologne Vilnius, Primary School in Kiwiszki, School in Leszczyniaki, Junior High School Konstantego Parczewski, Junior High School of Engineering Joachim Lelewel, “Zielone Wzgórze” School-Kindergarten, Junior High School John Paul II, Junior High School Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, Junior High School Władysław Syrokomla, Junior High School Szymon Konarski, Poznan School of Health, Beauty and Education, Vilnius Branch of the University of Bialystok, Center of Self-Defense Arts and the Polish Scouts Association in Lithuania. Each of the institutions prepared not only information about the school, but also interesting activities for children. The center of interest of the fair participants was undoubtedly the stage where bands and soloists, students and sometimes also graduates of Polish schools performed.

– I think we need this kind of event very much. It is an opportunity not only to present their achievements by specific schools, but also to exchange experiences and learn from each other. After the first edition, we had no doubt that this project should be continued, but we want it to develop. This year, we also invited district schools to participate, maybe next year, if we manage to maintain it, we will introduce new products so that this fair will help to get information about Polish education to the widest possible range of people – she summed up in an interview with “Kurier Wileński” Vice-President of the Macierz Szkolna School, Krystyna Dzierżyńska.

The project was co-financed under the supervision of the Senate of the Republic of Poland over the Polish diaspora and Poles abroad. The partners of the fair include the Local Government of Vilnius, the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, the Consular Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vilnius.

More about the 2nd Educational Fair “100 colors” in the upcoming issue of the magazine.

Translated by Patrycja Polanowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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