Paris 3-4.11.16 and 1-2.12.16
The aim of our activities is to explore the practical conclusions that can be drawn from Janusz Korczak’s legacy.
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Janusz Korczak in English
Here you can find some links to the works of Janusz Korczak and materials about him in English. You can read for example "How To Love a Child" (all four parts), "The Child’s Right to Respect" or story about the visit of Janusz Korczak in Forest Hill, "Janusz Korczak and the Industrial Homes in Forest Hill", written by Steve Grindlay. Enjoy!
Friday 16 September, 5-7pm
Saturday 17 September, 9am-4pm
Book & Kitchen
31 All Saints Rd
London W11 1HE
FREE but registration absolutely essential. Register here
As the famous psychologist Jean Piaget wrote about Janusz Korczak: “This great man had the courage to trust the children and young people who were in his care, and even went so far as to make them responsible for issues of discipline and to entrust to individual children the most difficult tasks.”
The aim of these workshops is to explore the practical conclusions that can be drawn from Janusz Korczak’s legacy. He found extremely effective ways to help the most disregarded people of his time: Jewish and Polish orphans. At his unusual orphanage, Korczak and his colleagues treated the children not like objects but like human beings. The children were given the right to make decisions about their own individual lives, as well as about their community as a whole. Gradually they learned independence and how to be responsible for others, and this helped them to overcome their exclusion from society.
During the workshops the participants will find out how Korczak’s ideas and practical solutions can still be applied today, not only to help children but other marginalized people too. The participants will also discover the most important features of Korczak’s approach, and will be able to experience it at first hand.
The workshops are designed primarily for those who work with children and other marginalized people in a professional capacity, and for anyone who is interested in Korczak’s work.
Friday 16 September
Two lectures will be given as an introduction to the workshops being held the following day.
5-6pm: Janusz Korczak in Europe Old and New by Wojciech Lasota - a brief biography of Korczak, covering his achievements, ideas and practical solutions, and the Foundation’s interpretation of Korczak’s legacy.
6:15-7:15pm: In Search of Equality by Bartosz Pieliński PhD - an account of how Korczak’s work can be viewed in the light of the modern social sciences, with particular reference to the ideas of the philosopher Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
Saturday 17 September
9am-4pm In Search of Subjectivity: Following in the Footsteps of Janusz Korczak. Part 1.
Workshop leaders: Wojciech Lasota, Magdalena Kolodziejczyk, Bartosz Pieliński.
Janusz Korczak was born Henryk Goldszmit in 1878 or 1879 in Warsaw, and died in 1942 at the Treblinka concentration camp. He was a Jewish-Polish paediatrician, educator, writer, journalist and social activist. He developed a highly original way of working with children, especially with those who were marginalized by their poverty or social status. His main achievement was the foundation of the Orphans’ Home – an orphanage largely run by the children who lived there. The way in which Korczak worked with children is the starting point for the Korczak Foundation’s interpretation of his legacy. The aim of the Foundation is to show that “Korczak’s method” can be applied not only in working with children, but in almost any institutional context.
More information on Janusz Korczak
PDF Presentation on Janusz Korczak
Korczak Foundation’s website
Wojciech Lasota - chairman of the Korczak Foundation, currently a trainer in soft skills, associated with the Development Office at the University of Warsaw and Ernst &Young Foundation (Poland). He is a former employee of the Documentation and Research Centre KORCZAKIANUM, which is a department of the Museum of Warsaw. He has also worked as a theatre educator art historian, copywriter and education officer (for more than a decade at the Royal Castle in Warsaw). As a Foundation member, he participated in a presentation about Korczak entitled “Reformator Świata” (“Reformer of the World”) for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has given numerous lectures on Korczak and led many Korczak-related workshops, for Polish and German teachers, students and children, among others.
Bartosz Pieliński - Vice-chairman of the Korczak Foundation. He is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Social Policy of the University of Warsaw. His field of research covers non-governmental organizations, social economy, and various forms of collaboration. As a Foundation member, he tries to use his research experience in practice. He regards Janusz Korczak as a visionary who created institutions based on self-government.
Magdalena Kołodziejczyk – an associate of the Korczak Foundation, she is an expert on education, an organizer of social and cultural activities and a trainer in soft skills. She also works with the School for Leaders and the Ocalenie Foundation. She has wide experience in coordinating projects on leadership and management.
Julia Dmeńska - an associate of the Korczak Foundation, she is an expert on education, organizer of social and cultural activities with extensive experience of working with children and young people. Among other activities, she has worked with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland and the Center for Civic Education. For four years she ran socio-therapeutic workshops for young people.
The lectures and workshops are part of a project led by Fundacja Korczakowska entitled “Janusz Korczak in Europe Old and New”, financed by the Erasmus+ Programme and supported by the Jewish Community in Warsaw.
London edition is organised by the Fundacja Korczakowska in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in London and Book & Kitchen.
Janusz Korczak once wrote “There are no children – there are people”, because he knew that being a child is often a reason for being excluded. The children he worked with were also excluded on account of their poverty, family situation and religious affiliations.
We are working on this project to achieve two main goals. Firstly, to remind the participants of our classes in Berlin, London and Paris of the fact that, over a hundred years ago, Janusz Korczak travelled to these cities to further his education. Secondly, to convince our readers that Korczak’s ideas and solutions can also be applied to work with adults.
We want to propose our interpretation of Korczak’s practice to those who work with excluded people or people threatened with exclusion.
We will be contacting organizations which work with such people and we will provide lectures and workshops for those interested. In order to do so, we will travel twice to Berlin, London and Paris.
The result of the project will also be publications.
Following upon our project which took place on 30th October 2014, the Korczak Foundation joined the Polish Committee of the European Anti-Poverty Network (www.eapn.org.pl).
The participants of the project: Julia Dmeńska, Magdalena Kołodziejczyk, Wojciech Lasota, Bartosz Pieliński.
If you are interested in working with us on the project, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
„Janusz Korczak in Europe Old and New”
We would like to invite you to take part in a project "Korczak in the Europe Old and New". As you know, in course of the project we are going to have several lectures and workshops in three European cities: Berlin, Paris and London. During these activities we want make its participants familiar with the legacy of Janusz Korczak, a Jewish-Polish educator. For in our deep conviction, his work is still relevant after seventy years from his dead.
The foundation was established to propagate the work of Janusz Korczak, a Jewish-Polish educator. Before he was murdered during the Second World War, he had set up a unique way of working with children. Based on an assumption that, he built a set of institutions which aim was to enhance children subjectivity.
The legacy of Janusz Korczak is significantly among teachers and educators in some countries. The Korczakowska Foundation wants to promote his work outside this boarders – we want to create opportunity for people with different professional background to get familiar with his philosophy and praxis. For this purpose we developed a project: "Korczak in the Europe Old and New".
"Korczak in the Europe Old and New"
The project is a part of wider endeavor which we make at the Korczakowska Foundation. Our ambition is to translate the Korczak’s work with and on children into an universal approach toward building institutions.
The cornerstone of the Korczak’s philosophy was an assumption that children should be perceived in the same way as adults. Based on this premise he built a set of institutions which main aim was to enhance children subjectivity. It was especially difficult because Korczak worked mostly with heavily marginalized children: mostly poor, mostly orphans and mostly belonging to an ethnic and religious minority. No matter if he set up a summer camp, a lodging, a school or an orphanage, he always wanted to set rules of these institutions in such way that they gave children an opportunity to experience freedom. They were supposed to be autonomous in their actions, should govern a camp or an orphanage and they should improve on their own mistakes. Korczak was fully convinced that children don’t need more adult control but more autonomy in their actions. This is the only way in which they would have chance to experience and appreciate freedom as well developed responsibility.
Our aim as the Korczakowska Foundation is to translate this experience outside the work with children. In our opinion it is possible to use Korczak’s principles to work with other groups especially marginalized ones.
We would like to invite you to take part in this endeavor by taking part in our lectures and workshops. During workshops we are going first of all to present you with live and work of Janusz Korczak in such way that you will become familiar with his legacy. Then we would like to discus with you the relevance of the Korczak work to your own experience.
Do you find it interesting, relevant or even inspiring?
We are now in a process of organizing our workshops. We are finding partners from Berlin, Paris and London which are interested in our project. We would like to set the exact date and place of our workshops in the near future. So sent us please an email on email@example.com incase if you are even slightly interested in our project.
Let’s say “hello!” to each other and maybe one day we will meet somewhere in Berlin, Paris or London.