Mission, history, charter

The Centre for the Development of Polish Education Abroad (ORPEG) supports and promotes Polish language learning among young Poles living abroad.

By developing various forms of education, we enable students to acquire knowledge about Poland and improve their language skills during a permanent or temporary stay in another country. We encourage Polish young people to contact the Polish language and Polish culture, to learn online, to learn at a distance, to use the didactic offer of school consultation points and to cooperate with ORPEG teachers and Polish centres. We make Polish textbooks and didactic aids available, we conduct counselling activities, we support professional development of teachers working abroad, reaching the most distant places all over the world. Our activities enable the education of children of Polish citizens temporarily staying abroad and support Polish and Polish language education.

Schools in the ORPEG structure
ORPEG runs Polish Schools at the Polish diplomatic missions located on 4 continents in many countries of the world. The points provide supplementary teaching in the field of Polish language and knowledge about Poland. ORPEG also supervises European schools and conducts distance learning in the schools that are part of it (Commission of National Education Elementary School and Commission of National Education Comprehensive Secondary School).

Schools in the ORPEG structure
ORPEG runs Polish Schools at the Polish diplomatic missions located on 4 continents in many countries of the world. The points provide supplementary teaching in the field of Polish language and knowledge about Poland. ORPEG also supervises European schools and conducts distance learning in the schools that are part of it (Commission of National Education Elementary School and Commission of National Education Comprehensive Secondary School).

Transmission of manuals
Since 2010, the Centre has been supporting social organisations and other centres and institutions organising Polish language teaching abroad, providing them with textbooks and teaching aids free of charge. In 2010-2017, 193,890 textbooks and teaching aids were delivered to social schools abroad. In 2017 – 31557 to 24 countries, 2018 – 25 343 to 20 countries and in 2019 – 39 480 to 26 countries.

Schools in the ORPEG structure
ORPEG runs Polish Schools at the Polish diplomatic missions located on 4 continents in many countries of the world. The points provide supplementary teaching in the field of Polish language and knowledge about Poland. ORPEG also supervises European schools and conducts distance learning in the schools that are part of it (Commission of National Education Elementary School and Commission of National Education Comprehensive Secondary School).

Support for migrant pupils
ORPEG also provides advice to parents and students who are migrating or staying abroad. Pupils can use free of charge the materials for learning Polish language and knowledge about Poland, created as part of the Włącz Polska project and the interactive Open School platform, which enables direct contact with a Polish teacher. ORPEG provides distance learning and support for parents and children returning to Poland.

History
ORPEG, or formerly the School Complex for Children of Polish Citizens temporarily residing abroad, was established in 1973 by order of the then Minister of Education and Upbringing. In the first years, schools were opened at the largest Polish diplomatic representations. With time, more and more schools were established, scattered all over the world. The schools also enabled young people with Polish roots to learn.

By virtue of the Ordinance No. 35 of the Minister of National Education of 24 November 2010. The School Complex changed its name to the Centre for the Development of Polish Education Abroad based in Warsaw, and the Polish Teachers’ Centre located in Lublin was incorporated into its structures.

Mission
Shaping and sustaining a sense of national identity among Polish people and Poles living outside the country through:

teaching children and young people the Polish language, history and culture in Polish, facilitating their possible return to the Polish education system
promoting Polish culture;
methodical and substantive support for teachers teaching Polish language