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Poland:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

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Overview Poland

Contents

Poland:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Poland:Historical Development

Poland:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Poland:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Poland:Political and Economic Situation

Poland:Organisation and Governance

Poland:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Poland:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Poland:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Poland:Organisation of Private Education

Poland:National Qualifications Framework

Poland:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Poland:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Poland:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Poland:Funding in Education

Poland:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Poland:Higher Education Funding

Poland:Adult Education and Training Funding

Poland:Early Childhood Education and Care

Poland:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Poland:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Poland:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Poland:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Poland:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Poland:Primary Education

Poland:Organisation of Primary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Poland:Assessment in Primary Education

Poland:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Poland:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Poland:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Poland:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Poland:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Poland:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Poland:Higher Education

Poland:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Poland:First Cycle Programmes

Poland:Bachelor

Poland:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Poland:Second Cycle Programmes

Poland:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Poland:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Poland:Adult Education and Training

Poland:Distribution of Responsibilities

Poland:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Poland:Main Providers

Poland:Main Types of Provision

Poland:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Poland:Teachers and Education Staff

Poland:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Poland:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Poland:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Poland:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Management and Other Education Staff

Poland:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Poland:Management Staff for Higher Education

Poland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Poland:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Quality Assurance

Poland:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Poland:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Educational Support and Guidance

Poland:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Poland:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Poland:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Poland:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Poland:Mobility and Internationalisation

Poland:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Mobility in Higher Education

Poland:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Poland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Poland:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Poland:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Poland:National Reforms in School Education

Poland:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Poland:National Reforms in Higher Education

Poland:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Poland:European Perspective

Poland:Legislation

Poland:Institutions

Poland:Glossary

Bilateral agreements

International cooperation and bilateral agreements fall within the remit of the Strategy and International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of National Education and the International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Information regarding bilateral agreements on cooperation and / or recognition of qualifications is available on the following websites:

Ministry of National Education: http://en.men.gov.pl/2015/10/30/recognition-of-foreign-school-certificates-and-diplomas-in-poland/

Ministry of Science and Higher Education: http://www.nauka.gov.pl/en/international-cooperation/

http://www.nauka.gov.pl/en/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/

Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange: http://buwiwm.edu.pl/

Cooperation and participation in worldwide programmes and organisations

In addition to cooperation based on its EU membership, Poland pursues a policy of cooperation in the field of education and training within the framework of various international organisations.

OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

Poland has been a full OECD member since 22 November 1996. The OECD aims to support economic growth in its member states and promote world trade.

The Council of Europe

Poland was accepted as member of the Council of Europe on 26 November 1991 and has 12 seats in the Parliamentary Assembly. The main aim of the Council of Europe is to protect the dignity of European citizens and to ensure the unity of the continent by monitoring the observance of basic values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Information on Polish involvement in the Council of Europe initiatives is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

UN (United Nations)

Poland is actively involved in the UN activities with particular emphasis on global peace and international safety, promotion of human rights and democracy, combating poverty, provision of support, also in the area of environmental protection. Poland’s involvement is coordinated with that of other EU Member States.

UNESCO (United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture)

UNESCO was established in 1945, with Poland as one of its 44 founding members. At present, UNESCO has 186 member states. The main aim of UNESCO is to maintain peace and security through activities which have impact on education, science and culture in individual member states, cultural exchanges and other activities which enhance mutual understanding between various cultures, and through cooperation between nations to ensure respect for justice, the rule of law, human rights and basic freedoms. These aims are achieved through UNESCO-supported activities in the areas of education and scientific research as well as cultural exchanges.

UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund)

UNICEF is involved in activities geared towards six of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG), adopted by the United Nations in 2000, which are directly relevant to children. Its activities focus, in particular, on goals 2 and 3: primary education and gender equality.

The General Assembly of the United Nations has given the UNICEF a mandate for the protection of children's rights in order to address basic needs and create conditions for full personal development of all children.

The priorities of the organisation include:

  • Protection of children's rights,
  • Protection of children against violence, abuse and discrimination,
  • Equal access to education for boys and girls,
  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS,
  • Support for the development of young children.

In 2002, Poland was given the status of a highly developed country by UNICEF. Thus, like in the case of the other 36 National Committees, one of the main tasks of the UNICEF Polish National Committee is to promote children's rights and collect funds for UNICEF programmes supporting children in the least developed countries of the world.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees / UN Refugee Agency)

The UNHCR Regional Office for Central Europe is located in Budapest. It covers Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. The UNHCR activities in the region focus on:

  • promoting and ensuring access to the territory and asylum procedures;
  • monitoring conditions for the reception of refugees in accordance with international standards;
  • promoting and supporting fair and effective procedures for the protection of refugees;
  • promoting and supporting sustainable solutions for refugees.

The projects undertaken in the framework of cooperation between governmental institutions and NGOs aim to support social integration of foreigners, education of their children and career guidance for adults, and to provide psychological support, welfare benefits and legal advice to asylum seekers, recognised refugees and foreigners who have been granted a permit for tolerated stay.

International statistics related to education

As part of the INES ( Indicators for Education Systems) programme, covering statistics and indicators in education, national data are collected and provided to the following three main international organisations: UNESCO, OECD and EUROSTAT. Data on the Polish education system is collected and provided by the Central Statistical Office in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Statistics and information provided as part of the INES programme are used in an annual OECD publication "Education at a Glance". In 2010, the Ministry of National Education joined two thematic networks of the INES programme: NESLI (Network on system level data collection) which gathers and assesses descriptive data on educational structures, policies and practices at the level of education systems and the LSO network which compiles data on education outcomes with regard to the labour market, economy and social life.