Poland pushes patriotism and public life
Poland's Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski, has unveiled a new programme called "Patriotism for Tomorrow" aiming to teach young people responsibility and participation in public life. The programme devised by the culture ministry together with the National Center of Culture will support all educational and artistic initiatives which promote patriotism and Poland's history in a way accessible to the younger generation.
Another participant of the action is 86-year-old major Janusz Brochwicz alias "Gryf". This Warsaw Rising survivor spent the last 58 years working and living in the UK. He came back to Poland in 2002 for one simple reason.
"Prospects are very good, industry is building up, there are better living conditions and it is going to be really on the same level with countries that have been freed since 1945."
"What is really important is that our program is really created by civic organisations. What we do is to support them by government money and by some organisation support. The aim of our action is also to show that patriotism connects generations. Old generation which sometimes had to risk their lives for Poland. And young generation which has to find some new ways of patriotic experience."
Mutor also expressed hope that a wider-scale public discussion will follow and more events spreading civic awareness will be taking place all over the country. There are funds available for initiatives and the deadline for civic organizations to submit their applications to the Ministry of Culture is April.