Editor in chief of The Pedagogical Quarterly talks with Irena Wojnar. As a long-time professor of the University of Warsaw, she remembers the importance of the International Pedagogical Congress organised 50 years ago in this university. It was a congress of the AISE/WAER association founded in 1961, and grouping educationalists from different universities and research institutes of the world. Scheduled as an important event of the liberal Polish transformation after 1956 – it took place in 1969, one year after 1968, in different and difficult times. However, it aroused keen interest of participants from all over the world. It was part of the ongoing discourse on the role and tasks of education in the everlasting “repair human things” (Comenius), as well as in the implementation of continuous civilisation changes. The congress initiated and edited the international educational journal “Paideia” (1972–1992) under the auspices of the Polish Academy of Sciences.