Zippy’s Friends in Poland (Przyjaciele Zippiego) has grown very rapidly, and is now the largest in Europe.From 2005 to 2009, Zippy’s Friends in Poland was run by the Centrum Metodyczne Psychologiczno-Pedagogicznej (CMPPP), an organisation attached to the Ministry for Education and Sports which advised the Ministry and provides training courses for trainers around the country. However, that organisation ceased to exist on 31 December 2009, when it was merged with another government agency. The ex-Director of CMPPP, Ela Nerwinska, set up a non-public in-service teacher training centre, Centrum Pozytywnej Edukacji (Centre of Positive Education, or COPE) to implement the programme in Poland from 1 June 2010.
Zippy’s Friends started in schools and kindergartens in Warsaw, and since then has spread throughout the country through the nationwide network of training centres, reaching many thousands of children.
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