On 18 January the Central Library of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow hosted the opening of the Polish Aid 2015-2016 exhibitionmounted by the Polish MFA. The event features 24 display boards with pictures that chronicle Polish Aid projects in Kenia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Palestine, Senegal, Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus, and show Polish humanitarian measures in Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Jordan. The photos were taken by professional photographers and members of the NGOs that work on the projects with the MFA.
The opening ceremony saw brief remarks delivered by Ms Ewa Dobrzyńska – Lankosz, Director of the AGH Central Library, Professor Jerzy Lis, the AGH Vice-Rector, and Professor Janusz Szpytko, President of the AGH UNESCO Chair. Ms Aleksandra Piątkowska, Director of the MFA Department for Economic Cooperation, spoke about the forms and directions of Polish development cooperation and humanitarian projects. Ms Małgorzata Rzepecka, an anaesthesiologist and Vice-President of the InnovAid Foundation, told the audience about her hands-on experience with development projects in Africa and discussed the ideas which brought them to life. Reverend Jan Hańderek, President of the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service Youth for the World, presented his team’s educational projects in the Villages of the World – Global Education Park, based at 38 Tyniecka Street in Krakow, where visitors can marvel at a traditional Ghana village, a Peruvian cottage, an Arctic igloo and a Mongolian yurt.
The event brought together many Krakow students who hold scholarships from UNESCO, and the Stefan Batory and Ignacy Łukasiewicz programmes. The opening ceremony was also attended by MFA officials and members of several Krakow-based NGOs that are involved in development assistance.
The exhibition will run in Krakow until 18 February 2018. It is displayed at the Main Hall of the AGH Central Library, situated at 30 A. Mickiewicza Street.