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SPECTRA EDU

2022/04/13

Let's look at fragility as a symbol of strength and beauty.

We wish You to always be able to look at the same things from a new perspective.

 

Hope that this Easter will fill us with faith in people, strength and optimism.

There is a reason that this special holiday is full of encouragement and rebirth.

 

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SPECTRA EDU

2022/04/07

The "Imagine yourself" is a competition for the best film ideas, organised by the Watchout Studio production house. The idea behind this event is to bring the submitted stories to life and give them a chance to be presented to a global audience. The initiative, apart from selecting and rewarding the best authors, is to connect authors and representatives of the film industry.

WENA PROGRAMME

2021/12/22

Christmas is a special time when we show more warmth and empathy to others.

 

We look at the other person with more attention. We give support, respect and understanding. We smile at each other more and extend a helping hand.

 

Maja Zielaskowska (4th grade), Aniela Walczak (4th grade), and Antonina Kubicka (2nd grade), who study at the Visual Arts High School in Grudziądz, by developing a common educational-artistic project, speak about tolerance, respect, closeness, and mutual relations.

 

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They use images and words. In their actions they convey very important messages about diversity, expressing oneself and one's own emotions.

 

Maja, Aniela and Antonina presented the finale of the project in Równik - the Teofil Kosiński Rainbow Centre of Support and Integration in Toruń.

 

They demonstrated a community of action that resulted in goodness! In fact, we can create goodness every day, not only on holidays.  

 

The "Interview with Drag Queens" project is one of the mini-projects that make up one big project titled "Leaders of Art", which was awarded a grant in the second edition of the "Wena" Grant Program competition with the main theme of "Closeness and interpersonal relations".  

 

We would like to congratulate and thank Dr. Iwona Liegmann, the teacher in charge of the grant project, and the very creative team of three: Maja, Aniela and Tosia. 

 

Read more about the project: https://starakfoundation.org/pl/wena/edycjadruga/liderzy_sztuki



SPECTRA EDU

2021/12/20

We wish you good health, a peaceful, deep sleep every day, undisturbed by anxiety and worries about tomorrow.  

Like the Zakopane bears, let's enter the New Year with new energy and strength! 

We appeal to all who come to Zakopane on New Year's Eve, together with the inhabitants of the winter capital of Poland, not to disturb the animals' winter sleep!

This is the message of an illustration by Wiktoria Serafin, class 3B, of the Antoni Kenar State High School of Visual Arts in Zakopane, whose work won the Christmas card competition for students of art schools held by our foundation.

 

We wish you good health, a peaceful, deep sleep every day, undisturbed by anxiety and worries about tomorrow. 

 

Like the Zakopane bears, let's enter the New Year with new energy and strength! 

We appeal to all who come to Zakopane on New Year's Eve, together with the inhabitants of the winter capital of Poland, not to disturb the animals' winter sleep!

This is the message of an illustration by Wiktoria Serafin, class 3B, of the Antoni Kenar State High School of Visual Arts in Zakopane, whose work won the Christmas card competition for students of art schools held by our foundation.



WENA PROGRAMME

2021/12/15

The students prepared a performance titled „Mirrors", inspired by the works of George Orwell and Witkacy. The premiere took place on December 9, 2021 at the school's headquarters in Kielce. The performance was created as part of the „Mirrors of the Kielce Visual Art School" project funded by the Starak Family Foundation. The script of the show touches on vivid and topical issues in the public and social debate and confronts the audience with the world of people affected by hearing impairments.



The audience participated in the performance in a symbolic way. Dressed in special masks, at the end of the performance, they were "contaminated" with art by being marked with colored paint by one of the main characters of the show. The show was staged by the "Alter Ego" Amateur Theater - artists and students of the State Music School Complex in Kielce working in cooperation. 

 

 

The realization of the project was preceded by a trip to Warsaw for the students to experience, among other things, the Invisible Exhibition, participating in many hours of workshops improving skills in script development, stage design, music composition, dance, and acting. The students had a chance to broaden their knowledge on hearing dysfunction by participating in a months-long sign language course. 

 

 

The premiere of the show was accompanied by a post-competition exhibition entitled "The Noise of Silence". The presented photographs complemented and reinforced with their moving message the content and message of the performance. The added value of the project is the lesson of sensitivity towards the individual, especially burdened with hearing dysfunction. 


We had the great pleasure to participate in the premiere, which made a great impression on the audience, shocked the audience with the present-day message, and provoked deep social reflection. A beautiful and moving project! Congratulations and thank you to all participants from Kielce!



HORIZONS PROGRAMME

2021/09/07

The Starak Family Foundation has decided, with the greatest satisfaction, to award 31 of the 57 four-year scholarships in the 2021/2022 school year to students throughout Poland who are enrolling to the most interesting high schools in the country and who have met the criteria for the Horizons Scholarship Program which has been implemented for six years in cooperation with the EFC Foundation. 

So far, the Starak Family Foundation has provided 220 students from small towns and villages with a full scholarship package for six editions since 2016, enabling them to study and develop in schools located in large cities across the country, thanks to which 120 graduates have already stood on their own feet, at workplaces and at universities in Poland, and some of them have attempted to start and continue their studies abroad, including one of the Program's graduates at Oxford University. 

 

Currently 180 students are covered by scholarships funded by the Horizons Program, of which 100 are financed from the Starak Family Foundation's funds. 

 

The cost of one scholarship this school year is over 21 000 Polish Zlotys annually, which includes the following benefit package:

 

- accommodation in the city of residence of the high school of your choice from the list of high schools included in the program, 

- English language courses with the possibility of passing the chosen certificate, 

- care of a dedicated tutor and, if necessary, a psychologist, 

- development plan under the guidance of a tutor in the chosen field of study, 

- vacations and winter break with sports lessons,

- joint meetings once a month with other scholarship holders from a given city, together with transport tickets,

- expenses for selected needs, among others, we provide swimming lessons to all of them, encourage sports and attend events related to culture and art, 

- this year, the Horizons Scholarship has been enriched by the opportunity to meet and converse with students from Oxford and Cambridge.
 

As the Starak Family Foundation, we are extremely happy to support young people and help them fulfil their aspirations, which they would not be able to fulfil without the Foundation's support.



HORIZONS PROGRAMME

2020/09/07

In an exceptionally difficult school year 2020/2021, the Starak Family Foundation continues to engage in the Horizons Scholarship Programme. The Foundation currently supports 109 Fellows, including 29 youngest participants of the Programme.

 

Due to the pandemic, the Fellows were selected in two stages. The first stage, coinciding with the first wave of the pandemic, was hampered by the closing of schools and the subsequent difficulties in direct contact with the students, which restricted the possibility to fully inform them about the Programme. It was thus more difficult for the parents of the future Fellows to decide whether to let their children move to a big city, and for the young people – to take the courageous step towards independence. To tackle those difficulties, additional time was given to submit the applications, and a follow-up recruitment was held in autumn.

 

As a result, 53 Fellows were admitted to the Horizons Programme, and started their education in the most interesting high schools and vocational schools all over Poland. 



HORIZONS PROGRAMME

2019/09/09

In the school year 2019/2020, the Starak Family Foundation continues to be engaged in the Horizons Scholarship Programme. The Foundation currently finances 120 scholarships for young people from small towns, from economically disadvantaged homes. In the frame of the Programme, young people decided to continue their education in the best and most interesting high schools and vocational schools situated in large cities across Poland.

 

As part of the scholarship, the Foundation covers the expenses of the boarding schools, English language courses, and summer and winter camps. Each Fellow is individually supervised by a Regional Coordinator and has access to psychological help and expert mentoring. The Fellows create a closely-knit community, attending workshops together, sharing common passions and hobbies, and realising social and educational projects.




HORIZONS PROGRAMME

2018/09/07

The third edition of the Horizons Scholarship Programme involving the Starak Family Foundation – July 2018. The Starak Family Foundation has financed scholarships for 40 Fellows. This means that since September 2018, the Foundation has granted a total of 120 Fellows with the scholarship. Our young Fellows frequently take part in local initiatives, helping to raise money for social causes, conducting voluntary work or helping as tutors. Among them are scouts, wild animal keepers, engineers mending old machines, and advisors to the Children’s Rights Ombudsman. They are open-headed, full of ideas, and fearless.

 

HORIZONS PROGRAMME

2017/09/07

The second edition of the Horizons Scholarship Programme involving the Starak Family Foundation – July 2017

The Starak Family Foundation has financed 40 new scholarships which means that the total number of the Foundation’s Fellows increased from 40 to 80 students. Among them are many students with vast extracurricular interests such as journalism, art and culture. Many of them practice a variety of sports. Some of the Fellows are students at music schools, intending to continue their education and future career in that field.







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