Agata Łuczyńska, Alicja Pacewicz

Center for Civic Education
for introducing digital tools to schools

About Agata Łuczyńska, Alicja Pacewicz

Alicja Pacewicz and Agata Łuczyńska are both working for CEO (Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej – Center for Citizenship Education), an organization dealing with education. They are known for organizing many events and managing countless programs supporting the Polish educational system. One of them, School with Class, which ran from 2002 until 2013, promoted the use of new technologies in Polish schools. It was created in close cooperation between Poland’s biggest daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, and CEO, under the patronage of the Ministry of Education. School with Class has attracted more than 100,000 teachers and over one million students.

The digitalization and general modernization of the educational process, which constituted the core of the program, were just a way to reach more complex objectives. A more detailed description of the program appeared in its manifesto published in May 2002, which suggests that a perfect school (one to which we aspire) should educate well, ensure fair assessment, teach how to think and understand the world, promote social awareness, help students develop self-confidence, and prepare them for the future. All of the participating schools were given a set of thirty tasks to complete and were supervised by CEO’s reviewers and consultants. After completing them, participating schools were awarded the title of “A School with Class.”

The most recent edition of the program is called School with Class 2.0. It focuses on the issue of how to use modern information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. Since 2010, more than 1,300 schools and over 700 teachers have taken part in the program. Students have created more than 3,500 blogs where they share ideas and experiences. Furthermore, each school participating in the program has developed its own instruction manual of how to use ICTs for the betterment of the educational process. CEO also provides free access to an Internet library filled with ICT-based lessons recorded and uploaded onto YouTube and Dailymotion.

Apart from School with Class, CEO also manages many other programs such as the “Code with Class” and “Masters of Coding” programmes, under which a number of schools hold coding classes conducted by teachers previously trained by CEO.