Lech Walesa Institute Helps Support Polish Schools


This year, the Sejm declared 2014 “The Year of Oskar Kolberg”. As a result, the team at the Lech Walesa Institute decided to prepare the next installment of his project, under the slogan “Gene of Freedom – Gene of Diversity”. According to Piotr Gulczyński, President of the Lech Walesa Institute, "Educational and promotional program creators revolve around the idea of a modern civic patriotism, which is based on respect for the language, traditions and customs and diversity at the local level, associated with the notion of a "small homeland".

The creators of the social and educational campaigns, through the choice of a different, non-standard and innovative means of communication, want to show that the history of Poland and our cultural heritage is a treasure trove from which we can draw knowledge and inspiration to action. The program references the historical and contemporary significance of freedom which is to be the impetus for a discussion of our rich national heritage, its promotion and its development.

"This time we provided schools with our ‘Map of Lingo and Polish Dialects’. Also on our website www.genwolnosci.plwe have included a board with a script routine that serves as a creative and valuable map for use during Polish language or geography lessons. We invite all students to participate in our holiday postcard contest- more information is available on the program website. The winners will receive great prizes! "- Explains Andrew Gulczyński, Coordinator of the “I Have a Gene of Freedom” Program at the Lech Walesa Institute.

“I Have a Gene of Freedom” is a lasting project in which developing attractive and interesting educational materials is an important part. All previous publications including our “Map of Lingo and Polish Dialects” can be downloaded free of charge from the “I Have a Gene of Freedom” Program website at

Partners of the “Gene of Freedom – Gene of Diversity” Program are the University of Warsaw, Department of Studio and the Polish Postal Service. The project was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the "Kolberg 2014 - Promise", conducted by the Institute of Music and Dance.