Prof. Roman Czernecki (1904-1986) – the EFC Foundation Patron
A renowned educator, author of the EFC idea. During the occupation, creator of an underground teaching system in the current Świętokrzyskie province
After the war, founder of the school in Szczekociny, later a principal of the educational department of the Zielonogórskie province, rector of the Public College of Education in Gdańsk and lecturer at the Warsaw University of Technology. At each level of education, he has made himself known as a great organizer, whose mission it was to work on the educational development of young people, no matter their situation or background. He knew that wasting their potential would be an incredible loss for Poland.
Roman Czernecki was born near the Eastern Boarders and was part of an educated family, who – from generation to generation - deeply valued the importance of schooling.
He completed his studies in philosophy and Polish philology at the Jan Kazimierz University in Lviv. After university, he began working as a teacher in a High School in Krzemieniec. He instantly discovered his passion for educating. He was fascinated not only with the methodology of teaching, but also found joy in the direct contact he had with young people from different backgrounds, as well as social work which he often engaged his students in. Later memories of him draw a picture of a teacher and professor who was extraordinarily liked by young people.
After a period of working for High Schools in Krzemieniec, Boryslav and Kielce, nearly from the very beginning of World War II, he successfully set up an underground teaching system in Słupia Jędrzejowska and its neighboring towns. Towards the end of the war the school had 934 students in 36 locations! This included over 100 students of a secret branch of the Jagiellonian University.
Roman Czernecki, an AK member himself (pseud. “Wrzos”), remained in close contact with leaders of the local branches of AK, BCh and AL, while they provided security for members of the secret schools. The intel provided by these organizations, who sent warnings just in time, helped avoid many exposures and setbacks.
Roman Czernecki’s talents were brought back to daylight after the war, when he was creating an official school in a destroyed palace in Szczekociny.
After that, he was the organizer of a schooling system in the Zielonogórskie province where he was the head of the regional education office. Later being appointed rector of the Public College of Education in Gdańsk, he became known for implementing a high level of teaching.
In his diaries, Roman Czernecki often references his closest family, who were actively included in his professional activities. Especially his wife Janina, a teacher of German studies, who was always by his side. But also, his children – Irusia (Irena) and Andrzej.
Loved and respected by his students - who continued to pay their respects on the Powązki cemetery long after his death – professor Roman Czernecki is engraved in their memories as a great speaker and a kind human being.
The motto he had repeated to his pupils for his entire life lies at the base of the EFC initiative.