The problem of the Polish stereotype of Africa and its change- ability is interpreted on the basis of the research conducted among c.a. 1000 students educated in Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia (e.g. Gdańsk University, Technical University in Gdańsk). The findings of the research disclosed that young generation of Poles had revealed quite big interest towards African problems, both to the past, present and future. But their knowledge on Africa functions in images of mythos and stereotypes which are created and propagated by mass media in less extent by school education. Important function in widening knowledge on the Continent plays development of Polish contacts with African countries (employment of Poles on contracts, creation of Polish Diaspora centers and visits of Polish tourists). Among young Polish generation functions positive picture of Africa and its cultural specificity. African reality is experienced as exotic and worth to get to know. But from the point of development of Civilization, Africa comes to light as backward, poor with many pathological problems of the continent.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.