Greg Geris, President of the Foundation Board, was asked to speak about the war in Ukraine to the first in-person annual reunion at Harvard Business School since the Corona Virus.  This is the message exactly as presented at Harvard on 18 June 2022, which was well received and the Q&A was spirited.  Americans noted that the war is already not the headline news and the role of the Polish people is not fully appreciated.  We post the video here with the disclaimer that no corporate or private persons are bragging about helping Ukrainians, this is our effort to help end the war with the best perspectives to begin again.  We hope it is good news and hereby share it with you!


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Safer Internet Day - February 9, 2021

On February 9, we celebrated another edition of the Safer Internet Day - this time online. We all spend a lot of time online these days. It's good to know what to do to stay safe online.

So far, we have had the opportunity to participate in person in conferences organized by the Polish Center of the "Safer Internet" Program, this time we also had to be present. 😊 The conference was broadcast from Elektrownia Powiśle, most of the speakers connected remotely. Safety of children online has always been important but now it is a key issue. Not only teaching children has moved to the virtual world, but also meeting friends and family and spending free time.

As part of the conference, meetings were held with specialists in various fields: teachers, psychologists, psychotherapists and doctors. Many aspects were discussed, incl. change in the perception of the virtual world by society over the past year. The psychotherapist explained how the current functioning influences the emotional development of young people. The topic of advantages and disadvantages of TikTok (application that is used by many young people was also discussed). Fundacja Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę presented a short film entitled "The Power of Allies against homophobic peer violence". The conference ended with a short online jazz recital. 🎷🎺


“I REMEMBER THAT I FORGOT"- about supporting children's memory

Memory researchers show that person can remember experiences even when he was still in his mother's belly - newborns prefer mother's voice to the voices of other women, and they definitely prefer to listen to their mother’s rather than a foreign language. Knowing the impressive possibilities of human memory does not make it easier to understand why our seven-year-old needs two hours to learn ten English words. What is worth knowing about the child's memory to help the child manage it effectively?

Do not ask an eight-year-old to remember

A child in the name of a higher value (or play) launches memory processes and can easily recite the principles of a playground game or arrangements for playing at home. At the same time, he cannot cope with the task in which he was asked to remember a series of pictures or words. This is because in case of younger children the involuntary memory is the most effective, i.e. the one that creates memory traces during non-concentrated activity on memorizing. It is not until around the age of 10 that any memory, i.e. one that can be started "on demand", dominates. What is the conclusion for the youngest students? Tasks that require memorization are worth organizing in a way indirectly related to learning by heart. Instead, you can suggest playing with the material to be remembered.

Trust the schoolboy, check the preschooler

Show preschooler a collection of pictures, and he will take a look at them and ensure that he remembers all. Children of this age are not yet able to assess their own memory competences, overestimate their abilities. If the circumstances require a four-year-old to remember certain content, it is worth organizing the activity that facilitates memorizing and then checking the acquisition of the material. When asked about "Remembering?" preschooler, regardless of the actual state of his knowledge, will probably answer "yes".

Shape the strategy as far as possible

The teenager will remember more content than the preschooler, because he will use more sophisticated methods of memorizing. For example, from elaboration, that is, creating associations between passwords. The use of a complex strategy is conditioned by the appropriate stage of development - up to the age of 7 children do not use any memory strategies. Even if they know the names of the objects they want to remember, they do not call them and they do not repeat them - despite having resources, they cannot use them yet. Memory strategies appear gradually - seven-year-olds begin to repeat, ten-year-olds organize content, teenagers enjoy the benefits of associations. It is important to fit the technique to the possibilities. For a child who can already name objects, we can suggest repeating, but do not expect to use more demanding methods. Therefore, it is worth creating new learning methods based on the current capabilities of the child. It is worth remembering that the development of strategy is accompanied by increasingly better effects in memorizing. Monitoring and supporting this process can bring many benefits - educational and not only.



Jagodzińska, M. (2013). Psychologia pamięci: badania, teorie, zastosowania. Gliwice: Wydawnictwo Helion