Osrodek Szkolno-Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Slabowidzscych im. dr Zofii Galewskiej
ul. Kozminska 7
0-448 Warszawa

Tel./Fax:  (48)(22) 621-6844


NMR Presentation:
27 April 2000 
Met with high school students from the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades

School Information:

  • Approximately 35 teachers who guide the students through the core courses and specialized classes.
  • Core courses include: Polish (language and history), math, world history, religion, geography, biology, statistics, PE, family values and household management (civics), a foreign language (i.e., English).
  • Specialized classes include: computer science, typing, braille, music, adapted art, pottery, adapted PE, vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, daily living skills.
  • School Contacts:

    Mgr. Ewa Krynska

    Anne Crowley

    Jolanta Grabowska

    Named for the famous ophthalmologist-philanthropist, dr Zofii Galewskiej, Osrodek Szkolno- Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Slabowidzscych, was founded in 1950 as a government school for partially sighted children of normal intelligence.  It has changed over the years and now consists of a primary and gymnasium (junior high) for low vision students with normal and low IQs and a high school (vocational) that prepares students for office work.  There are 180 students from Warsaw and northern Poland.  The school also has a dorm where 100 students live. 

    Osrodek Szkolno- Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Slabowidzscych has begun to integrate its student body.  It now accepts students without vision problems.  These students often have special needs and function better in smaller classroom settings.  Average class size throughout the school is 6 to 11 students.  On average 20-30% (2-3 students) from each graduating class go on to college.

    Osrodek Szkolno- Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Slabowidzscychl is located in the Powisle district of Warsaw.  The district consists mainly of elderly residents, many living alone.  There are large areas for recreation by the Wistula River.  The local government has formed plans to develop this area. It is close to historic Lazienki Park.

    Students with Pan

    The school is very active in its attempts to more fully integrate and expose its students to the community at large and in Europe.  Examples of this include: 
  • Yearly trips to Emmeloord, a small town in Holland: homestays with local families, cultural exchanges, opportunities to practice English, foreign experiences.
  • Cooperation with other special needs schools in Laski and Kracow, organizing trips and information exchanges.
  • Facilitation of integration of students to other schools (mainstreaming).
  • Providing facilities for other groups for theatre, dances, training, typing classes, etc.
  • Student artwork sales/exhibitions.
  • Organizing collections of money and/or goods for other needy groups (e.g., orphanages, AIDS hostels).

  • Students, in black, and Ewa Krynska moments before the annual matriculation exams
  • Performing music concerts and shows for elderly groups in the community.
  • Collecting books and sending them to people in other countries so that they can learn Polish.
  • Providing meals to housebound elderly.

  • Osrodek Szkolno- Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Slabowidzscych is currently seeking grants to establish a rehabilitation room.  Funds are needed to remodel windows to improve lighting, painting (paint and labor) an electric stove, food for cooking, cleaning supplies, teachers and staff time.

    Thanks to PCV Anne Crowley for organizing the NMR visit to Osrodek Szkolno- Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Slabowidzscych.  Thank you Mgr. Ewa Krynska for your warm welcome and for facilitating the New Millennium Ride presentations.  Finally, thank you Mgr. Anna Biernacka, for inviting NMR into your geography class.

    Students gather after class - questions and courage

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