For more than twenty years, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE) has changed the face of education in Poland. It has provided opportunities for gaining general and specialist knowledge in formal and non-formal settings. It has contributed to pursuing interests in distant countries and in local communities.
FRSE is the only institution in Poland displaying extensive expertise in managing European educational programmes. Initially, the foundation implemented TESSA, TERM, and SMART programmes funded by PHARE, as well as Tempus programme. In 1998, when Poland, being a country associated with the European Union, commenced the implementation of community educational programmes, the Foundation was a natural coordinator for the implementation of Socrates and Youth for Europe programmes.
In the years 2007-2013, the Foundation has coordinated the implementation of the Lifelong Learning Programme (including Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig) and the Youth in Action programme in Poland. Thanks to the integrity and reliability of its operations, FRSE has been appointed the Polish National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme implemented in the years 2014-2020.
FRSE is also responsible for other European informational and educational initiatives in Poland: European Language Label, eTwinning, Eurodesk, Europass and Eurydice. The Foundation supports cooperation with countries in the East via Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund and SALTO-EECA Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre. For several years, the Foundation has acted as the Operator of the Scholarship and Training Fund operating as part of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the EEA Mechanism, as well as the Scientific Exchange Programme Sciex-NMSch. Since 2012, FRSE has implemented three projects under Human Capital Operational Programme Priority III: High Quality of the Education System.
The Foundation’s main aim is support, in its broad sense, for activities serving the development of education in Poland. The FRSE realises its aim through the coordination of educational programmes of the European Union, among others. The programmes include such participants as children, young people and adults – from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.