Friday 16 September, 5-7pm
Saturday 17 September, 9am-4pm
Book & Kitchen
31 All Saints Rd
London W11 1HE
FREE but registration absolutely essential
As the famous psychologist Jean Piaget wrote about Janusz Korczak: “This great man had the courage to trust the children and young people who were in his care, and even went so far as to make them responsible for issues of discipline and to entrust to individual children the most difficult tasks.”
The aim of these workshops is to explore the practical conclusions that can be drawn from Janusz Korczak’s legacy. He found extremely effective ways to help the most disregarded people of his time: Jewish and Polish orphans. At his unusual orphanage, Korczak and his colleagues treated the children not like objects but like human beings. The children were given the right to make decisions about their own individual lives, as well as about their community as a whole. Gradually they learned independence and how to be responsible for others, and this helped them to overcome their exclusion from society.
During the workshops the participants will find out how Korczak’s ideas and practical solutions can still be applied today, not only to help children but other marginalized people too. The participants will also discover the most important features of Korczak’s approach, and will be able to experience it at first hand.
The workshops are designed primarily for those who work with children and other marginalized people in a professional capacity, and for anyone who is interested in Korczak’s work.
Friday 16 September
Two lectures will be given as an introduction to the workshops being held the following day.
5-6pm: Janusz Korczak in Europe Old and New by Wojciech Lasota - a brief biography of Korczak, covering his achievements, ideas and practical solutions, and the Foundation’s interpretation of Korczak’s legacy.
6:15-7:15pm: In Search of Equality by Bartosz Pieliński PhD - an account of how Korczak’s work can be viewed in the light of the modern social sciences, with particular reference to the ideas of the philosopher Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
Saturday 17 September
9am-4pm In Search of Subjectivity: Following in the Footsteps of Janusz Korczak. Part 1.
Workshop leaders: Wojciech Lasota, Magdalena Kolodziejczyk, Bartosz Pieliński.
Janusz Korczak was born Henryk Goldszmit in 1878 or 1879 in Warsaw, and died in 1942 at the Treblinka concentration camp. He was a Jewish-Polish paediatrician, educator, writer, journalist and social activist. He developed a highly original way of working with children, especially with those who were marginalized by their poverty or social status. His main achievement was the foundation of the Orphans’ Home – an orphanage largely run by the children who lived there. The way in which Korczak worked with children is the starting point for the Korczak Foundation’s interpretation of his legacy. The aim of the Foundation is to show that “Korczak’s method” can be applied not only in working with children, but in almost any institutional context.
More information on Janusz Korczak
PDF Presentation on Janusz Korczak
Korczak Foundation’s website
Wojciech Lasota - chairman of the Korczak Foundation, currently a trainer in soft skills, associated with the Development Office at the University of Warsaw and Ernst &Young Foundation (Poland). He is a former employee of the Documentation and Research Centre KORCZAKIANUM, which is a department of the Museum of Warsaw. He has also worked as a theatre educator art historian, copywriter and education officer (for more than a decade at the Royal Castle in Warsaw). As a Foundation member, he participated in a presentation about Korczak entitled “Reformator Świata” (“Reformer of the World”) for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has given numerous lectures on Korczak and led many Korczak-related workshops, for Polish and German teachers, students and children, among others.
Bartosz Pieliński - Vice-chairman of the Korczak Foundation. He is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Social Policy of the University of Warsaw. His field of research covers non-governmental organizations, social economy, and various forms of collaboration. As a Foundation member, he tries to use his research experience in practice. He regards Janusz Korczak as a visionary who created institutions based on self-government.
Magdalena Kołodziejczyk – an associate of the Korczak Foundation, she is an expert on education, an organizer of social and cultural activities and a trainer in soft skills. She also works with the School for Leaders and the Ocalenie Foundation. She has wide experience in coordinating projects on leadership and management.
Julia Dmeńska - an associate of the Korczak Foundation, she is an expert on education, organizer of social and cultural activities with extensive experience of working with children and young people. Among other activities, she has worked with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland and the Center for Civic Education. For four years she ran socio-therapeutic workshops for young people.
The lectures and workshops are part of a project led by Fundacja Korczakowska entitled “Janusz Korczak in Europe Old and New”, financed by the Erasmus+ Programme and supported by the Jewish Community in Warsaw.
London edition is organised by the Fundacja Korczakowska in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in London and Book & Kitchen.