On the 29th of May first study visit began within the framework of the 10th edition of “Free Word Technique” Program financed by the National Endowment for Democracy and the British Embassies in Warsaw (Poland) and Yerevan (Armenia) and implemented by the Polish–Czech–Slovak Solidarity Foundation. The goal of the program is providing desktop publishing skills for members of independent, democratic organizations from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
The participants represented The Publishing Centre "Pater Noster" from Zhlobin (Belarus), “Fresh Newspaper” from Minsk (Belarus), Public association WISDOM (Women in Sustainable Development of Moldova) and “Center for Civic Journalism from Republic of Moldova” from Kishiniev, Kaliningrad Regional Youth Social Organization “Tsunami” (Russia) and Sevastopol Trade Union of Journalists “Reporter” (Ukraine).
They participated in a computer training and meetings with Polish non-governmental organizations (School for Leaders Association, Foundation of Ecological Education and Klon/Jawor Association) and Polish journalists: Ms. Agnieszka Romaszewska from Polish Television TVP1 and Mr. Jerzy Marek Nowakowski from “Wprost” Magazine. Moreover, they participated in lectures: “Media in Poland” by Ms. Izabela Kraj – journalist of daily newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”, “Political situation in Poland” by Mr. Łukasz Abgarowicz, “Media in Poland” by Mr. Jan Domaniewski – journalist of daily newspaper “Fakt” and “Protection of journalists’ rights” by Ms. Krystyna Mokrosińska - President of Polish Journalists’ Association.
The trainees had a meeting with the Program Council that decided to donate the computer equipment to three organizations.