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MTO meets Arab youths
February 9, 2012
Educational Society of Malopolska (MTO) presented its education and civil society development work across Eastern Europe to an international audience including representatives from many Arab countries late last year. The photo shows a Libyan participant.
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MTO and SchoolPlus founder receives high Polish award
September 23, 2011
MTO founder and former president Ala Derkowska, the originator of the School Plus movement (and this website) has been awarded one of Poland's highest-ranking medals: the Officer Cross of Polonia Restituta.
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Joining hands for a cleaner Danube
July 1, 2011
Romanian and Serbian volunteers are joining hands to help clean up and protect the environment in southern Banat region. Read on for accounts in English and Serbian.
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MTO publishes 2010 annual report
March 14, 2011
MTO of Nowy Sacz, Poland, have published their annual report for 2010, featuring reports of local youth leadership and activism projects in Belarus and the Caucasus, among others.
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PTAs in action in Azerbaijan and Georgia
September 20, 2010
The School Plus Network, grouping Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) across eastern Europe/Balkans, may soon have more new and active members from Azerbaijan and Georgia thanks to a new training programme kicking off this autumn.
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“Village Schools Know”
September 20, 2010
The VILLAGE and Public Achievement programmes will be re-introduced to schools in the Malopolska region (Poland) thanks to an MTO project, “Village Schools Know”.
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Together for Active Citizenship
September 7, 2010
Speranţa (Cahul) is rolling out civic education programs in Moldova, to be followed by a joint review with the Education ministry so as to further collaboration between civic groups and schools in promoting adolescent civic development. Can you help?
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Public work is an honour, Azeri students say
August 24, 2010
Michael Kuehne, an English instructor from Minneapolis and a Public Achievement instructor, visited Azerbaijan and Georgia earlier this year. This is his brief account of Public Achievement at work in Ganja (AZ).
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Reflections on active citizenship
July 6, 2010
Vincent and Jessica rarely thought about the value of practical democracy back home in the US. Now they're working on grassroots democracy training in Moldova. Read on for their reflections on this key aspect of a healthy society.
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Call for applications: Belarus, Germany, Poland
June 2, 2010
Małopolskie Towarzystwo Oświatowe (MTO) is inviting youngsters from Germany, Belarus and Poland under the age of 26 to apply for a spot in the "New Style Volunteers" programme. Applications need to be in by Thursday, 10 June 2010.
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MTO annual report for 2009
April 15, 2010
MTO has published its annual report for 2009, providing an overview of the programmes and activities facilitated during the past year.
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Public Achievement in Ukraine
January 7, 2010
The follow-up to the introduction round in Ukraine of the Public Achievement model for civic activism will take place this coming March.
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“Public Achievement Goes to the Visegrad Countries”
May 10, 2009
MTO has just completed a year-long Public Achievement project in the four Vizegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) aimed at assisting the development of democratic practices at the grassroots level.
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EU and six eastern neighbours launch Eastern Partnership
May 8, 2009
The European Union and its eastern neighbours Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine met in Prague on May 7 to launch the Eastern Partnership (EaP), aimed at strengthening political and economic relations.
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Sofia PTA takes the ‘bronze’ in educational contest
April 2, 2009
Pupils participating in IPOL, the PTA based at School 2 SOU ‘Akademik Emilian Stanev’ in Sofia, Bulgaria, took ‘the bronze’ in a contest organised by Darbi College in Bulgaria.
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Creativity and innovation in primary schools
March 12, 2009
The PTAs of Resita (Romenia) and Bela Crkva (Vojvodina, Serbia) are jointly staging a symposium on April 10-11 on creativity and innovation in primary school curricula in the context of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation.
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Green light for civic activism projects in 2009
January 21, 2009
A varied series of training sessions and workshops for the promotion of civic activism in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine will be staged during 2009.
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PTA in Bela Crkva against school violence
December 8, 2008
PTA “Skola Plus” at Dositej Obradovic school, in Bela Crkva, in Serbia's Vojvodina region, reports its involvement in a long-running and nationwide campaign against school violence.
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Polish NGO incubator MTO celebrates 20th anniversary
December 6, 2008
The Educational Society for Malopolska (MTO) based in Nowy Sacz, Poland, whose “Grassroots Democracy” programme spawned this School Plus Network, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, December 6th, 2008.
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Truth in Translation completes tour of western Balkans
October 20, 2008
The award-winning theatrical production Truth in Translation has completed its tour of the western Balkans.
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Ala Derkowska elected to WMD Steering Committee
August 24, 2008
Ala Derkowska, president of MTO (Nowy Sacz, Poland), has been elected to the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy.
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Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish school report on joint project
July 31, 2008
A Bulgarian, a Polish and a Romanian primary school have issued a PowerPoint presentation to report on the third meeting of their joint Comenius project, which took place last May in Romania.

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“Active Youth are Ukraine’s Future”
June 11, 2008
Workshops with Ukranian youth are scheduled for the coming months in the context of the "Active Youth are Ukraine's Future" project. Read on for an overview of the various activities that this project comprises.
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Teaching democracy in difficult environments
June 5, 2008
MTO ran a successful workshop at an international democracy event in Kiev in April. Participants and presenters discussed methods of teaching democracy in difficult political and social environments.
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Call for applicants for AYSE Azerbaijan
March 26, 2008
Applications are being accepted until this Monday, 31 March 2008, for a new edition in Azerbaijan of the Academy of Young Social Entrepreneurs (AYSE). If you are an enthusiastic young individual. If you are aware of the current problems in ...
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Polish students showcase Jewish history project
January 19, 2008
Teenagers from Krakow, Oswiecim and Nowy Sacz have launched a website to showcase their search during 2007 for traces of Jewish culture and traditions in their home towns prior to the Holocaust, and sharing their discoveries with their peers.

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Preparing for yet another edition of AYSE
November 28, 2007
This Friday will see the start of yet another edition of the Academy for Young Social Entrepreneurs (AYSE) programme.
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Meeting of young civic activists from across Ukraine
October 15, 2007
Students, teachers, school directors, and educational authorities from across Ukraine met in Chuguev (near Kharkov) from September 14-16, 2007 for the "Public Achievement in Ukraine FAIR". We present a brief overview of the meeting.
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Bulgarian teachers’ strike: a case of “street law”
October 11, 2007
The Bulgarian teachers’ strike which started early October provides an inspiring example of how social issues can be turned into educational experiences. One Sofia school is using the strike as a case in its Street Law programme.
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Let's call Macedonia ... Macedonia, says Canada
October 8, 2007
Canada has joined a growing group of nations recognizing Macedonia by the name the country has chosen for itself: Macedonia.
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Public Achievement Fair held in Kharkiv
September 16, 2007
About 120 participants – mentors and students representing 33 groups – got together for the Public Achievement (PA) in Ukraine FAIR in Kharkiv this weekend (September 14-16). The FAIR follows a PA introductory round in Ukraine last year.
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Guide on EU for NGOs
July 26, 2007
The Civil Society Contact Group offers a training handbook entitled “Making your voice heard in the EU - A guide for NGOs”.
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Solidarity passport to Democracy
July 21, 2007
MTO's latest project, “Solidarity: Passport to Democracy”, designed to share Polish experience of non-violent resistance and transition with colleagues from Ukraine, Serbia and Moldova, took place in the second week of July.
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Significant Progress in Roma Inclusion
June 19, 2007
Roma inclusion has progressed in nine Central and Southeast European countries since the launch of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in 2005, according to the DecadeWatch monitoring report.
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Adjournment for Khodorkovsky
June 12, 2007
Mikhail Khodorkovsky continues his custody in the pre-trial detention facility in accordance with the ruling of the court that cannot take effect for over 2 months.
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Harry Boyte notes Public Achievement birthday
May 28, 2007
Harry Boyte, founder of the Public Achievement concept and movement, has congratulated PA Groups on the occasion of PA's birthday, May 24. For Harry's message and profile, click on:
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Community Works Street Law Program
May 14, 2007
Street Law Training, a module in the "Community Works" integrated project organized by Denizen Center for Civic Activism in Svrljig (Serbia) and Vocational School "G.M. Dimitrov" in Dunavtsy (Bulgaria) took place in Svrljig April 27-May 1.
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Public Achievement Monitoring underway in Ukraine
May 1, 2007
MTO trainers are currently monitoring the "Public Achievement in Ukraine" project in the regions of Uzhgorod, Kharkiv, Crimea and Ternopil. The newest ...
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Poland's MTO joins NGO network across former SU Republics
May 1, 2007
Members of the MTO board attended the annual meeting of the Edit Network Trainers in Slavske, Ukraine, last month. This informal network of organizations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Mongolia, Ukraine, Russia, Tadzhikistan and Uzbekistan ...
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Public Achievement manual published in Turkish
April 28, 2007
Public Achievement in Turkey announces the launch of its brand new Public Achievement Coach Manual in Turkish. The manual offers many quotations from coaches, several coach stories and a few team stories.
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New Public Achievement site launched
April 15, 2007
It is our pleasure to officially launch the new Public Achievement Groups Unite website: www.paunite.org. This website is the final result of the Public Achievement Groups Unite Project during 2006 in Poland and Macedonia.
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MTO issues 2006 activities report
April 9, 2007
The Educational Society for Malopolska (MTO) has issued its 2006 activities report, notably including a review of the "Academy for Young Social Entrepreneurs for Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro" programme. Write to alader@hotmail.com to get your copy.
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