KANA Gliwice is a Non-Public Training Centre, registered 07.04.1994 and a Non-Public In-Service Teacher Training Centre registered 1 July 2004. A non-profit, non-governmental educational organisation specialising in the provision of ICT and modern languages to teachers, VET trainers, adult learners and youth. Within the scope of activities there is developing and coordinating EU projects promoting application of cutting-edge technology in the teaching and learning arena. Also developed are new CPD strategies with regard to using ICT to enhance teaching performance.
Since 1994 KANA has been involved in development of vocational skills of thousands of young adults, deriving from disadvantaged families and therefore unable to cover the cost of extracurricular courses.
In 2001 KANA Gliwice adapted and expanded "Teach Multimedia" training programme originally designed by Siemens and launched ICT vocational development programme "Multimedia w Dydaktyce" (Multimedia in Teaching), attended by 2200 teachers in 2002-2005.
Currently - Coordinator of EU projects: Leonardo da Vinci: "TEACH-IT.NET - Innovative Methods of the Use of Information Technology in Vocational Development of Teachers and Trainers" (the aim is to create a coherent ICT professional development system for teachers) and Socrates-Comenius 2.1: "InterEOL - Intercultural Education On-Line" (the aim is to instruct teachers and students in modern methods integrating the power of the Web with teaching and learning /esp. WebQuests/ and provide them with ICT skills useful in intercultural education).
Other projects currently implemented include:
Teach-IT.net in Silesia - under the framework of ESF, The Integrated Regional Operational Programme, Measure 2.1 - Development of competencies linked to the regional Labour Market needs and lifelong learning opportunities. The aim of the project is to enable teachers to develop their skills in creative application of Information Technology for teaching purposes. Delivery of 80-hour training courses covering: IT basics, Internet uses, creation of multimedia presentations etc;
WANT2LEARN - in cooperation with Wroclaw In-Service Teacher Training Centre (Community Initiative EQUAL). The aim of the project is to provide support to difficult youth (students with learning problems, class-repetition, dropouts);
Teach-IT.net - Building knowledge-based society in Ukraine - Education for Democracy Foundation Program, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Canadian International Development Agency.
All projects devised in KANA are intended to encourage creative uses of technology in education aiming at optimisation of teaching and learning processes.
Since 2005 as the "Regional Centre for Innovation" KANA closely cooperates with Microsoft under the framework of "Partners in Learning" - a long-term educational programme providing support to teachers as regards the ICT-supported transfer of knowledge to students.
All training courses offered in KANA are free-of-charge.
In recognition of educational achievements, KANA Gliwice has been awarded a Special Prize by the Minister of Social Policy and the first prize in the category of education in the "Pro Publico Bono" Competition for Best Civic Initiative.
As a non-profit organization, KANA is fully dependent on financial support provided by enterprises, foundations and voluntary contribution of kind-hearted individuals.