Global real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield has announced the completion of the refurbishment of a library in the Special Educational Centre for Visually Impaired Children No.8 in Warsaw. The Centre’s pupils are already using the renovated library.
The Special Educational Centre no. 8 features a primary school, a secondary school, a basic vocational school and an upper secondary school. They all use the library resources. The Centre provides also dormitory style accommodation for pupils outside Warsaw as well as home teaching opportunities. Teaching is conducted according to typhlo-pedagogy principles. Pupils use special course books and optical tools (e.g. a magnifying glass).
Cushman & Wakefield coordinated the entire process of the refurbishment from collecting funds to carrying out the construction works. The money was raised through various charity events such as the sale of photos and cakes cooked by C&W’s employees, the e-waste collection or the auction of professionally decorated Christmas trees that took place last year in the Metropolitan building.
“We teach pupils at various levels from primary to upper secondary school. The education programme complies with the national curriculum guidelines, which means that visually impaired children are expected to familiarize with and read the same amount of educational materials and compulsory reading lists as children who do not have such problems. Therefore, the renovated library containing audiobooks or large print books will prove an invaluable assistance” – says Beata Kotowska, Head of the Dr Zofia Galewska Special Educational Centre No. 8 for Visually Impaired Children in Warsaw.
„We are extremely happy that we have managed to refurbish the library. We supported the initiative from the very beginning as we were convinced of its importance. We hope the new library will provide the children with lots of education and entertainment” – says Joanna Buczkowska, the Office Manager of Cushman & Wakefield’s Warsaw office.
This charity activity is part of the Schools Around the World programme (SATW) organized by Cushman & Wakefield since 2005, aimed to help widen the horizons of young people whose opportunities are limited by their domestic, social or financial circumstances.
Apart from the employees and the management board of Cushman & Wakefield the library refurbishment has been supported at various levels by companies such as: Six Fingers, Morrow Woods, Modulyss, Aberdeen Immobilien KAG mbH, WAPOL, BRUSH by MacDonald-Wlodarska, Fabrica de Pasjone, Gamat, In Design, JanKarol_com, Dmowski & Co. Branding & Art Direction, Kwiaciarnia Victoria, Hotel Bristol, Autobłysk s.c. Dariusz Hećko, Andrzej Ślasa, EKOTRADE Sp. z o.o., PMG Partner Sp. z o.o., Sodexo Polska Sp. z o.o., Colliers International Poland Sp. z o.o., Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Cardif Polska S.A.