Dramatic scenes have been taking place on Poland's border with Belarus for many weeks now. As is the case with many issues, Polish society is divided and polarised. Some people are outraged at the ruthless actions of the Polish authorities and uniformed forces towards the refugees, while others defend these actions, denying their brutal nature, or maintaining that only a tough stance can stop the problem escalating under Alexander Lukashenko's regime and the drama of successive groups of refugees, who are growing in number.

We realise that the situation is difficult and complicated. We know that there are no simple recipes for how to defend the border effectively and how to resist the destructive actions of the Belarusian regime without breaching national and international law and without violating human rights. We live in a world of difficult choices. So what should we do? How should we behave?

The second meeting of the Council of "Krzyżowa" Foundation of the new term took place on 16 October in Krzyżowa. It was the first time when members of this body had an opportunity to take part in debates in the Foundation's seat. First meeting was held online due to pandemic. The new members of the Foundation Council had the opportunity to get to know both the place where the Foundation operates and the team that creates it.

A stationary meeting of the Foundation's Board was also held the day before.

We hope that in 2022, we will also be able to meet in Krzyżowa.

In the autumn, we traditionally welcome new volunteers to Krzyżowa. Two new fantastic friends - Charlotte Marquardt and Mykyta Nazarow - have been with us for several weeks.

Where they came from, why they came to Krzyżowa and what are their first impressions - you can read about this in short self-presentations.

We are very happy that Charlotte and Mykyta are already with us and we wish them that the time they will spend in Krzyżowa will be creative, interesting and full of good emotions!

The Krzyżowa Foundation hosted a meeting of headmasters, principals and teachers from local schools with Jacek Wasik, director of the Regional Representation of the European Commission in Wrocław. It took place on September 28, 2021 in the palace in Krzyżowa as part of the series of meetings "Civic Dialogues", carried out by the European Commission.

The meeting was opened by dr hab. Robert Żurek, managing director of the Krzyżowa Foundation. Then Jacek Wasik presented the possibilities of cooperation between schools and the EC Representation, after which the discussion part began. All those present could share their observations on the current opportunities and problems of Polish education. During the meeting, the educational offer of the Krzyżowa Foundation was also presented, employees of the International Youth Meeting Center - Anna Kudarewska and Adelajda Lebioda, as well as Dr. Tomasz Skonieczny from the European Academy talked about their projects, in which children and young people from local schools can participate. The meeting ended with a joint lunch issued on the occasion of the upcoming National Education Day, which was also an opportunity to integrate and continue discussions in an informal atmosphere.

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