Agata Kornhauser-Duda met Jill Biden in Washington. Ambassador Marek Magierowski said that the talks between the first ladies of Poland and the US concerned helping Ukrainian children affected by war trauma. Earlier, Agata Kornhauser-Duda talked with representatives of the Polish community about national identity and education.
First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda is visiting Washington. On Wednesday, she met the first lady of the United States – Jill Biden. According to the Polish ambassador to the United States Marek Magierowskithe talks concerned “how best to help Ukrainian children affected by war trauma.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the Polish embassy in USA informed about the meeting between Kornhauser-Duda and Alina Polyakova, head of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) – the only American think tank dealing exclusively with the situation in Central and Eastern Europe.
The talks concerned the current situation in Ukraine, as well as Poland’s assistance to its neighbor “in the midst of the crisis”.
“You will grow up to be proud Poles and Americans aware of their worth”
the office of President however, she informed about the first lady’s meeting in Washington with compatriots living outside Poland. As reported, teachers, parents and students of two institutions talked with Agata Kornhauser-Duda about Polish education and national identity: the Polish School at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington and the Polish Saturday School at the parish of Our Lady Queen of Poland and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Silver Spring.
“Polonia education is parents, it is your merit that you want children, often born in the United States, to learn the Polish language, gain knowledge about Poland, and cultivate our culture and tradition,” said the first lady during the meeting, quoted in statement from the presidential office.
Agata Kornhauser-Duda also emphasized the special role of teachers who, as she said, “raise young people in the spirit of patriotism, respecting our national symbols.” “But at the same time, you care about instilling in students tolerance for both the country of origin and the country of residence. This is a very demanding and responsible task” – she noted.
The first lady also touched upon the topic of young people’s motivation to make the extra effort involved in studying at a Polish community school. “I realize what an effort it is for you when your peers spend their weekends on entertainment and you on learning. Even if you don’t appreciate it now, believe me that it is your great capital for the future. You will grow up to be proud Poles and Americans aware of their value ” – she said.
As reported by the KPRP, during the meeting, which was also attended by the Polish ambassador to the US, Marek Magierowski, the following topics were also discussed: about strong ties between the Polish community living in the USA and their country of origin, about nurturing Polish identity and culture. In the communiqué after the meeting, we also read that the president’s wife encouraged people to participate in the National Reading campaign. She also invited her interlocutors to visit Poland, and the young people to study at Polish universities.
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