The Polish Association of Creativity (PAC) is a non-profit organisation covering the whole of Poland, with active clubs and members in all regions of the country. It brings together around 150 teachers of all age groups and subjects, pedagogues, psychologists, sociologists, trainers and others (IT specialists, artists, librarians, businessmen, etc.). The honorary members of PAC are university professors who do research in the field of creativity (in education, science, advertising, etc).
PAC’s membership includes teachers, university professors, authors of books and articles, therapists, psychologists-trainers and students. PAC’s first president, now honorary, is Professor Krzysztof J. Szmidt, one of the most prominent academics in teaching creativity and the author of numerous scientific and popular books and articles.
PAC cooperates with and supports many schools in Poland. It also works closely with the Ministry of Education (MEN), Centre of Development of Education (ORE), Voivodship Centres of Teacher Professional Development (ODN) and school inspectorates (Education Offices) in all regions. This involves preparing training modules and resources for educational activities in schools. PAC also supports private firms in providing creative education for children and adults and other initiatives related to creative education.
The statute aims of PAC are:
• Organising, initiating and fostering all forms of education conducted according to the rules of teaching creativity for children, youngsters and adults.
• Holding training sessions, conventions, conferences, workshops.
• Training creativity trainers, sociocultural and managers, organising specialised training and workshops, organising methodology sessions, supervision groups and support groups.
• Forming a competent group of trainers and supervisors who are then accredited by PAC to undertake education throughout Poland.
• Supporting teachers and students in their education in order to achieve the skills required by the education reform of 1999.
• Publishing magazines, brochures, training materials and books on PAC’s aims and activities, as well as dissemination online and using traditional methods.
• Acting to promote democracy and civic attitudes amongst children, young people and adults.
• Educating society on disability in order to support citizens with disabilities and their carers.
PAC is the biggest and most experienced educational NGO in Poland and has a substantial impact through its dissemination and fostering of creative education throughout the country. It will be able to use its regional structure and co-coordinators to reach over 7000 schools in Poland.
More about the Polish Association of Creativity: www.p-s-k.pl