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MTO and SchoolPlus founder receives high Polish award
November 21st, 2016

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MTO and SchoolPlus founder receives high Polish award
September 23, 2011
The award was presented to her by the president of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, in person (see photograph) in a ceremony in Warsaw on Thursday 15 September.

Alicia Derkowska, a mathematician and an activist in Poland's Solidarity Movement who was banned from teaching for much of the 1980s in view of her political activism, founded MTO (The Educational Society of Malopolska) in 1988 as a vehicle for establishing one of Poland's first non-religious, non-state schools: SPLOT. The school was started in two rooms in a private appartment in Nowy Sacz (south-east of Cracow) and later moved to a former Polish Railways building in the same city.

MTO, which has its offices in the SPLOT school building in Nowy Sacz, soon started expanding its school development work, first in the local region, and later abroad -- first in the Balkans, more recently also in the Caucasus and Belarus.

MTO trainers were instrumental in the establishment of Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) in the countries featured in this School Plus Net website. MTO has also introduced the Public Achievement format for social entrepreneurship to Eastern Europe.

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