The program "Promoting Independent Media Through Desktop Publishing" is addressed to these Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Moldavian and Caucasus Region countries communities, which are ready to overcome obstacle, barriers and animosity among various nations. It is addressed to these who are open to democracy, ready to fight with any attempts of the state to control free thoughts and speech. This program should serve organizations, which believe that freedom of speech means not only political freedom but it also creates opportunity to communicate with the others, who are on the other side of the state borders. Our program aims at promoting reconciliation and cooperation among various nations in Central and Eastern Europe.
In order to achieve these objectives we would like to provide program participants with technical knowledge facilitating clear and meaningful communication. The program is implemented by the Polish – Czech – Slovak Solidarity Foundation and it is financed by the National Endowment for. Within its framework we plan to train 28 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belaruss, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. During their biweekly stay in Poland they will have an opportunity to become familiar with computer techniques of word processing. The level of each training will be adjusted to the knowledge and experience of program participants. Program will provide its participants with skill allowing for undertaking independent publishing activities. In addition 14 of selected organizations will receive computer equipment facilitating publishing tasks.
Beneficiary organizations will be selected by the Program Council made of: Andrzej Halicki (Chairman of Commettee on Foreign Affairs, MP, Polish Parliament) - Chairman, Bogumiła Berdychowska (Expert, The National Centre of Culture),Natalia Bryżko-Zapór, (Director, Polish Press Agency), Zbigniew Janas (former MP, The Polish – Czech – Slovak Solidarity Foundation),Paweł Kowal (MP, European Parliament),Bartosz Węglarczyk (editor, the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza).
The Program Council has also supervisory role over the program implementation
All the details regarding the program and application forms are available in the office of the Foundation.