Invitation to Learn First Hand about Janusz Korczak Association of the USA trip to Korczakowo camp in Poland

The Janusz Korczak Association of the USA invites you to a special presentation in Chestnut Ridge, NY, on Saturday, September 21, or Sunday, October 6 at 2p.m.   

Three teenagers and 3 adults from US participated in the Korczak camp in Poland and Initiative for Change Youth Conference in Switzerland from July 14 to July 31. We would like to share with you our experiences, lessons learned and our plans for the future.

If you have teenagers and/or educators in your mist, consider letting them know about this event. We have plans to bring more teenagers to Europe in the next few years as well as having a Korczak camp in the USA.

Please let us know if you will be coming by calling (845) 425-7243 or sending an email to

The gathering will take place at 11 Beckett Ct., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

For the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA

Mariola Strahlberg


The Janusz Korczak Association Will Hold Its 4th Meeting via Conference Call, Monday, September 16, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 Eastern Time



The Janusz Korczak Association of the USA will have its next meeting on Monday, September 16, from 7:00  to 8:30 pm EST (New York time), via conference call. Please call 888-998-2663 and use participant code – 3131820#.

If you are planning to attend the call, please let Mariola Strahlberg know by sending email to Please include items of interest to you so that I can include them in the agenda.

Tentative agenda for the call:

  • Report from the trip to Korczakowo, Poland and CATS Conference, Switzerland
  • Korczak’s presentations
  • Korczak’s exhibits
  • Timmy the Great play in NYC
  • Update about Korczak’s Facebook page
  • Update on the Five Star Program©
  • Kurt Bomze’s proposal for 2 projects and letter about Syrian Children.

If you have articles or any other information for our 1st newsletter, please send them to me by September 15. We have few people who are not able to receive emails, and we would like to communicate with them via our newsletter.

If this is your first meeting, please send the following information:

  • Name:
  • Organization:
  • Interest:
  • Phone number:
  • Email address:
  • A paragraph about who you are.

If you have friends who may be interested to join us, don’t hesitate to share this invitation with them. The purpose of our meetings is to create a core group of people who are interested in carrying Korczak’s legacy in the USA. We all have a desire to do something with the information we have. By creating a working group, we find support, creative ideas and energy to move the work forward.

For the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA.

Mariola Strahlberg


International Literacy Day, 2013 – Literacy Is a Fundamental Human Right!

According to UNESCO, “Literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being and livelihoods. As such, it is a driver for sustainable and inclusive development.” The right to an education was espoused by Dr. Korczak and enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNESCO’s 2013 statement continues, “Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.”

The general Web site with links is here.
With another article
And an informative infographic.

The latter shows that the literacy rates in nations around the world. While there has been progress, 57 million children out of school face a life of illiteracy and poverty. This would have been a major concern to Janusz Korczak and will continue to be in the minds of dedicated educators and child advocates everywhere.



Learning from Children While We Teach Them

Learning from Children While We Teach Them

School children created this quilt to express their feelings about the Holocaust. They were given the assignment to show what they learned; instead, they ended up teaching adults what we need to know. This is part of a Holocaust exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH. (Though I was there to photograph historic airplanes, I came across this poignant surprise.)