|Prywatne Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Marii Sklodowskiej-Curie
PL-41300 Dabrowa Gornicza
Contact person: Prof. Anna Bijak
Tel: +48 322 603 507
Prywatne Liceum Ogólnokształcące im Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie as a whole consists of 4 departments, housed in 2 different buildings. The 360 pupils in our location are between 6 and 18 years of age. Our students come from multiple background social environments such as worker, intelligent and peasant one and their financial status varies extensively. That is why the school gave up charging tuition so the teaching is fee-free.
Other special groups with specific needs are children from the local orphanage and foster families. They are at high risk of social exclusion, low motivation and little self-esteem. Their participation in this project is one and the only chance for them to check their own experiences acquired while living on the "green territories" socially disadvantaged but naturally appreciated. It's their chance to become equal. Moreover, the school cooperates with social and ecologic foundations, associations, youth art centers, old people's home and pensioners that we visit to give artistic performances prepared by our students in all age groups. School social program focuses on balanced civil development emphasizing the understanding of sex and age differences, equal rights of both women and men, social habits acquisition.
Our town - Dabrowa Gornicza is situated in the region of Upper Silesia. It is surrounded by the villages belonging to the city. That is why there is social discrepancy. The integral part of the local society consists of people who have arrived here from different regions of Poland to work. Within the vicinity of the city borders there is a steal plant "Huta Katowice", which so far has been employing many incoming workers, who lost their jobs due to the reductions in employment by industrial corporations and closings of the major coal mines. This situation caused a significant rise of unemployment in our area, which in consequence has lead the society to impoverishment and the degradation of social and cultural values. Such a situation leads to pathology of families that can be observed in the local schools.
Our region-Coal Basin is disadvantaged economically, culturally and socially. Because of the substantial distances from significant cultural Silesian Centers the access to theatres, operas, and philharmonics is impeded. One can observe the phenomenon of the village people seclusion, who have come to work in the industrial plants and live in the worker hotels. New districts, separated from regularly inhabited parts, have been built. The people living there have been considered "second class breed" citizens, similarly to the families living in so called social blocks of flats among whom there have been many foreigners who work here.