The Association of Polish Adult Educators (SOP for abbreviation in
Polish) was established in Poland in 1981. It is, as its statute and
declaration say, a voluntary organization of individuals and legal persons
having as a target the public welfare through its educational, cultural
and economic activities. The Association of Polish Adult Educators is the
open to every unit irrespective of its race, nationality, confession or
political views. Being an organization of universal character the SOP
acknowledges the ethical values worked out in the European and World
The Association of Polish Adult Educators is the organization creating
conditions for the development of each human being, especially of adult
persons in maintaining their dignity and in achieving their goals set up
in spiritual and material spheres. The SOP cooperates with the cultural,
educational and scientific organizations on regional level and worldwide.
It takes part in the works on development of theory and practice in
education. It acknowledges the concept of lifelong education as an
important foundation for forming the modern education systems. The SOP
assures its activity through creating material basis and organization
As a public organization it cooperates with state institutions, churches
and denominational groups, world organizations of the same or related
character in order to resolve the education issues more efficiently.
The Association's Statute and Declaration voted on the Nation-wide SOP
Delegates' Meeting make rules for programmatic activity which concentrates
on the following social spheres:
- action for family's sake
- vocational continuation perfection and education ~ educational and
up-bringing social actions
- activities for the sake of culture
- creation conditions for the development of regional cultures, their
knitting roto national, European and world culture
- development of cultural traditions in urban and rural areas in order to
keep pace with what is desirable and agreeable by individuals and social
groups. Development of culture manners in accordance with the standards
common to humanity, behavior at the table, language culture, participation
in cultural activity - in general the development of the living style of
the highest values.
o carrying out researches in adult education sphere
o economic activity to assure funds for Association's statutory actions
The educational forms in the Association are derivative from the purposes
and contents, as well as from personnel abilities.
Forms proved many times predominate: lectures, scientific conferences,
seminars (internal, nation-wide and International), courses and various
forms of self-education.
There are conversatoria, discussion branch groups and club forms which are
In the activity of the Association the International meetings are of
special importance. They are organized in Poland because of their
inspiring character in perfect forms and in developing of the content of
The activity of the Association is a result of the common work of the
persons having satifaction from imparting their knowledge and abilities to
The Association's targets are achieved by:
- organizing or initiating of home and International popular scientific
sessions, eductional conferences, seminars, symposiums, as well as of
lectures, courses, talk meetings and other. forms of education.
- conducting of non-public schools (especially vocational schools) and
other educational places for raising knowledge and skills, as well as for
education in the respective domain of interests.
- publication of all popularizing and informing periodicals and
non-periodicals and instruction means
for educators and various educational establishments.
- conducting of researches in the field of andragogics.
- working out of analyses and expert opinions for education managerial
units and for interested in it organizations and institutions.
- giving advice in adult education sphere.
- co-operation with akin in activity home and foreign associations.
The Association was taking part in organizing, programming and financing
the conferences organized by the Institut of Pedagogics of the Polish
Academy of Sciences in Wroc3aw and by the University of Lublin together
with the Ministry of Education on dilemmas of the Polish culture.
The Association belongs to the European Adult Education Council and other
The activity of SOP is adapted in its content and forms to ever changing
times. Elasticity of programs, full organizational mobility are a
guarantee of success in fulfillment of the statutory articles. Seeking of
such organizational solutions for activation of the education centres is
the statutory devise about possibilities of creating member centres as
independent units. These centres can be active, for example, at some
bigger schools, lifelong education centres, higher schools, among
Association's activity is based on the recommendation of UNESCO from which
it understands that the adult education is an educational system for all
The consequences come from these: the need of development and extension of
the scope of adult education through establishing and organizing of
various educational processes and activities like: education, up-bringing,
perfectioning, self-education, consulting, adaptation to new conditions.
Nowadays. various educational organization, associations and private
persons contribute to the cultural and educational activity in these
numerous scopes and forms. Some of them organize within a very narrow
sphere, for example, foreign language courses, others extend the scope of
their activity conducting non-public schools, vocational courses, still
others concentrate on schooling the employees of one branch.
The Association serves for the whole adult education in Poland, in all its
aspects. With all force learned potential which our members represent,
practice experience and material means, which we work out ourselves, we
try to help out the adult education, to popularize androgogics knowledge,
maintain the good traditions of the Polish adult education. We try to
introduce new ideas, of which foreign ones too, to cooperate with the
education authorities in maintaining and developing of the adult
educational system. These measures will be carried out in cooperation with
other education associations, organizations and institutions in Poland and