Several hundred places – museums, churches, memorials – are on the list prepared by the Ministry of Education. If schools wanted to visit one of these places, they have a chance to co-finance up to 80 percent of the cost of a school trip. But time is short, the call for applications starts on September 6, and first come, first served.
Co-financing school trips is a new ministerial program – “Get to know Poland”. Minister Czarnek decided to create it in mid-August. Its aim is to “support teachers as well as enrich and make the teaching process more attractive”. The program is to be a way to get to know the national and cultural heritage and to popularize the achievements of Polish science.
In 2021, the minister allocated PLN 15 million to finance the project. The money can be used, among others to cover the costs of travel, admission tickets, guide, accommodation, meals, insurance of the trip participants. The school will receive a grant of up to 80 percent. planned costs of the trip: one-day – up to the amount of PLN 5,000 PLN, two-day – up to the amount of 10 thousand. PLN, three-day – up to the amount of 15 thousand. zloty.
The call for applications starts on September 6, 2021. and is conducted on a continuous basis until September 30, 2021 or until ministerial funds for this purpose are exhausted. The date of submission of the application for co-financing the trip is decisive, i.e. first come, first served. There is little time, because, as Minister Czarnek explained, it is only a pilot and the money must be used by the end of the calendar year – in real terms, students will go on trips in October and November, because in December, due to the Christmas break, such trips are rarely organized. You have to quickly decide where teachers will take their students.
Where to go
Only trips to places on the ministerial list will be funded. It includes places from four areas: in the footsteps of the Polish Underground State, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, culture and national heritage, as well as in the traces of the greatest achievements of Polish science.
The points selected by the ministry were divided between age groups, and each list included several hundred items.
High schools and technology
These letters were sent to schools last Friday afternoon so that – as Minister Czarnek explains – “before the beginning of the school year, the principals and teachers would have full knowledge of how to join the program”. And he emphasized that the whole undertaking was also intended to rebuild the community after the pandemic.
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