Building peace in the minds of men and women

Stanislaw August Poniatowsk © The Central Archives of Historical Records

National Education Commission Archives

Registration year: 2007
Submission year: 
2006
Collection ID: 
2006-38

The National Education Commission Archives - a collection of records and documents created in the years 1773-1794 in Poland- are a product of the activity of the National Education Commission (abbreviation: NEC; in Polish: Komisja Edukacji Narodowej, abbrev. KEN) appointed by the Sejm (Parliament) of the Republic of Poland which carried out a general reform of the education system that was unique in Europe and the contemporary world, following a uniform, complete curriculum and organisational concept which was introduced consistently throughout the country and which had decisive social and political impacts, sowing the seeds of the national identity.

The records and documents depict all aspects of the implemented reform: the concept, methods of completion, the organisational system and resources used. The inventive reforms of NEC are reflected in the slogan “Education is public interest”. The National Education Commission was the first “Ministry of Education” in the world.

Collection locations

poland_national_education_commission_archives_xi.jpg

Stanislaw August Poniatowsk © The Central Archives of Historical Records, Poland
Stanislaw August Poniatowsk
© The Central Archives of Historical Records, Poland

poland_national_education_commission_archives_iii.jpg

Manuscript 2220, v. 2, p. 186. "Map of national schools together with property...”. © The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU)
Manuscript 2220, v. 2, p. 186. "Map of national schools together with property...”.
© The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU)

poland_national_education_commission_archives_xiii.jpg

List of lectures at the philosophy faculty of the Cracow Academy. In the winter term of 1777. The so-called Lithuanian Register, volume VII, no. 198, p. 233. © The Central Archives of Historical Records (AGAD)
List of lectures at the philosophy faculty of the Cracow Academy. In the winter term of 1777. The so-called Lithuanian Register, volume VII, no. 198, p. 233.
© The Central Archives of Historical Records (AGAD)

poland_national_education_commissionxii.jpg

“Doubts stemming from inspections” formulated by schools inspectors and addressed to the Society on 25 March 1784. Jagiellonian University Archive, Catalogue number – Manuscript 450, p. 244-245. © Jagiellonian University Archives
“Doubts stemming from inspections” formulated by schools inspectors and addressed to the Society on 25 March 1784. Jagiellonian University Archive, Catalogue number – Manuscript 450, p. 244-245.
© Jagiellonian University Archives
Document type: