Since 1993, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE) has managed programmes, projects and initiatives aimed at broadening basic and specialist knowledge and acquisition of new skills and competencies in formal, non-formal and informal education settings.
FRSE is the only institution in Poland that possesses such a broad experience in managing education programmes, especially EU programmes. In the past, it has coordinated the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig) and Youth in Action in Poland. The reputation of the Foundation has resulted in entrusting it with the responsibilities of the Polish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.
The range of programmes and initiatives that the Foundation manages includes: eTwinning, Eurodesk, Europass, Eurydice, WorldSkills and EPALE.
Moreover, FRSE supports cooperation with eastern countries through Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund and the SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre. From 2016 it has also managed the Polish-Ukrainian Youth Exchange Council. FRSE was the operator of the Scholarship and Training Fund forming part of the European Economic Area (EEA). Until 2016, FRSE acted as a Contact Point of the SCIEX Scholarship Fund in Poland.
From 2014, the Foundation has implemented Knowledge Education Development Operational Programme, which is the successor to the Human Capital Operational Programme.
In 2018, the Foundation was appointed the National Agency of the European Solidarity Corps, which is a programme devoted to volunteering, and the operator of the Education programme financed from EEA funds.
The Foundation for the Development of the Education System organises many educational events. For years, it has organised competitions aimed at promoting project results. Its flagship initiatives include EDUinspirations, European Language Label and Selfie+. Also in 2018, FRSE launched the Mobile Education Centre – a state-of-the-art scientific and teaching space, which visits various parts of Poland. The main target group of the Mobile Educational Centre is teaching staff who participate in training on how to use modern technology in their work with students.
The Foundation’s publishing activity is worth noting, as well. The organisation publishes two educational magazines, which are available to readers for free. These are: “Języki Obce w Szkole” (Languages at School) and “Europa dla Aktywnych” (Europe for the Active).
In 2011, FRSE was awarded a certificate of compliance with ISO 9001:2008 standard in the scope of international and domestic educational programme management. Obtaining the certificate was preceded by many months of preparations to implement the quality policy of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System and to adapt its internal procedures to the needs of modern management tools. The certificate was renewed in 2014. In May 2018, FRSE was awarded a certificate of compliance with ISO 9001:2015 for quality management system.
The Foundation for the Development of the Education System is a State Treasury foundation registered at the District Court for the capital city of Warsaw, Division 16 (Court File no. NS Rej. F 1647/93). The Foundation was registered on 11.10.1993 and it operates on the basis of its Statutes and the Law on Foundations of 6 April 1984.
The Foundation for the Development of the Education System is a member of the Rzetelna Firma (Reliable Company) programme run under the patronage of the KRD Economic Information Bureau. The reliable payer certificate can be found on FRSE webpage on the programme’s portal.