The School of Life. A meeting following the screening of the film YOUNG PLATO

Sunday, May 22 | 1:00 p.m. | Warszawa screening room

The School of Life. A meeting with Przemek Staroń, psychologist, an expert in culture, lecturer at the SWPS University in Sopot, and the 2018 Teacher of the Year, following the screening of the film YOUNG PLATO, dir. Neasa Ní Chianáin, Declan McGrath

In Polish only

Partner: The Sopot Campus of SWPS University

Over 150,000 children and adolescents from Ukraine have joined the Polish education system this year. Schools are bursting at the seams, there is a shortage of teachers and classrooms. The education of Ukrainian children is a huge challenge for local authorities and, above all, for teachers. What difficulties do they face, and how do they cope? How to provide support and be a good teacher when confronted with war trauma? In the present-day Polish education system, afflicted by teachers' strikes, low pay, COVID disruptions and war, is it even possible to act like Young Plato’s protagonist, Mr McArevey – a visionary headmaster of a school in post-conflict Belfast? This film charts the dream of Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his dedicated team, illustrating how critical thinking and pastoral care can empower and encourage children to see beyond the boundaries and limitations of their community.


Przemek Staroń – psychologist, lecturer, coach and educator. The author of the books Szkoła bohaterek i bohaterów, czyli jak sobie radzić z życiem and Szkoła bohaterek i bohaterów, czyli jak radzić sobie ze złem. Awarded by the European Commission, creator of the Order of the Phoenix, tutor of over 50 finalists of the Philosophy Olympiad. The author of #utrzy, distinguished in the Irena Sendler competition "For Repairing the World". Awarded with the LGBT+ Diamond 2019

Polish Business Award, Teacher of the Year 2018, the finalist of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, Digital Shaper 2020, Member of the College of Experts of the Strategies 2050 Institute.


Krystyna Weiher-Sitkiewicz – cultural event organiser, meeting moderator, anthropologist, film educator and exhibition curator. Museum adjunct at the Ethnographic Department of the National Museum in Gdańsk.