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Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

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Contents

Czech-Republic:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Czech-Republic:Historical Development

Czech-Republic:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Czech-Republic:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Czech-Republic:Political and Economic Situation

Czech-Republic:Organisation and Governance

Czech-Republic:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Czech-Republic:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Czech-Republic:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Private Education

Czech-Republic:National Qualifications Framework

Czech-Republic:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Czech-Republic:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Czech-Republic:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Czech-Republic:Funding in Education

Czech-Republic:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Czech-Republic:Higher Education Funding

Czech-Republic:Adult Education and Training Funding

Czech-Republic:Early Childhood Education and Care

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Czech-Republic:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Czech-Republic:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Czech-Republic:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Czech-Republic:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Czech-Republic:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Czech-Republic:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Czech-Republic:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Czech-Republic:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Czech-Republic:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Czech-Republic:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Upper Secondary Education

Czech-Republic:Teaching and Learning in Upper Secondary Education

Czech-Republic:Assessment in Upper Secondary Education

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Conservatoires (Arts Education)

Czech-Republic:Teaching and Learning in Conservatoires (Arts Education)

Czech-Republic:Assessment in Conservatoires (Arts Education)

Czech-Republic:Organisation of Follow-up and Shortened Study

Czech-Republic:Teaching and Learning in Follow-up and Shortened Study

Czech-Republic:Assessment in Follow-up and Shortened Study

Czech-Republic:Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Czech-Republic:First Cycle Programmes

Czech-Republic:Bachelor

Czech-Republic:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Second Cycle Programmes

Czech-Republic:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Czech-Republic:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Czech-Republic:Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Distribution of Responsibilities

Czech-Republic:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Czech-Republic:Main Providers

Czech-Republic:Main Types of Provision

Czech-Republic:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Czech-Republic:Teachers and Education Staff

Czech-Republic:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Management and Other Education Staff

Czech-Republic:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Czech-Republic:Management Staff for Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Quality Assurance

Czech-Republic:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Educational Support and Guidance

Czech-Republic:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Czech-Republic:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Czech-Republic:Mobility and Internationalisation

Czech-Republic:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Mobility in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Czech-Republic:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Czech-Republic:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in School Education

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Czech-Republic:National Reforms in Higher Education

Czech-Republic:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Czech-Republic:European Perspective

Czech-Republic:Legislation

Czech-Republic:Institutions

Czech-Republic:Bibliography

Czech-Republic:Glossary

European, Global and Intercultural Dimension in Curriculum Development

When adult education takes place at schools and leads to an educational qualification, European subject matter is involved in the curriculum in the same proportion as in the curriculum for younger pupils and students (more in chapter Adult Education and Training).

There were many activities linked with the entry of the Czech Republic into the European Union on 1st May 2004 throughout the year. Their task was to acquaint the general public with issues of the European Union and European matters. The activities were organised on various levels and took diverse forms.

In July 2005 the Government of the Czech Republic approved a Concept of Information on European Affairs with the aim of enhancing public interest in Europe events and current issues of the European Union. The Concept was updated in 2007 in relation to the preparation of the Czech Republic for the presidency of the EU Council. The government established the European Affairs Information Department to implement the strategy. The Department's main tasks involved increasing public awareness of European Union, creating a system of public information on European affairs, ensuring the decentralisation of information activities with an emphasis on the development of an effective network of information centres in regions along with training their personnel, and initiating the preparation of information materials, pamphlets or presentations on current European topics.

For 2012 following communication priorities were stated:

  • Competitive Europe (Competitiveness and development of internal market, Removing barriers to the implementation of citizens’ rights, Economic governance);
  • The Future of Europe (Strategy Europe 2020 – growth and sustainability, Next multiannual financial framework, Benefits of European integration).

The main communication tool is an integrated information system based on a few pillars: Eurocentres, Eurofon, Euroskop and a grant system to support information projects.

In the regions, Eurocentres disseminate information about EU policies and programmes, and about the work of the Czech Government related to the European agenda. They also act as a mediator in communication between the Czech government and citizens in the region. The work of the Eurocentres consist of responding to the inquiries of the public; providing them with topical information materials; facilitating access to relevant European web pages and TV information channels (such as Euronews) for the public; increasing the local and regional awareness of EU programmes; ensuring the distribution of information in regions (schools, libraries, etc.); organising seminars; and communicating with the representatives of self governing bodies, media, and other relevant regional entities. In November 2005, the Prague Eurocentre was built; the system of regional Eurocentres was built from 2006.

Eurofon is a toll-free line 800 200 200 providing information on the EU.

Euroskop is the Internet portal which serves as the first point of source of information on the EU news and news from the Czech Republic related to EU issues and the structure and work of the EU. The grant system is focused on supporting projects aimed at improving public knowledge and stimulating discussion about current European topics. Detailed information on the approved projects to particular communication priorities is available on the Euroskop Internet portal.

The EUROPEDIRECT network managed by the European Commission also operates in the Czech Republic. It provides free general information on the EU and a large number of EU materials, including basic treaties and legal regulations. There are eleven centres in the network: in Dvůr Králové, České Budějovice, Pardubice, Olomouc, Brno, Uherské Hradiště, Nový Jičín, Jihlava, Plzeň and in Most. Beside Internet access they offer TV broadcasting Europe by Satellite (EBS) with the latest daily news on the EU. Other information is available on the web pages of Europe Direct.

Information on events in the EU is also available through various Internet portals (e.g. Evropská unie 123 which offers many useful links to Czech and international sources on the European Union).

Other actions are organized by various public educational and cultural institutions (community centres, museums, libraries). Lectures and courses often accompany other actions, e.g. exhibitions, concerts and festivals. (See also chapter Adult Education and Training.)


In-Service Teacher Training

In-service training of educational staff is organised by various higher education institutions, education centres (till the end of 2004, from 1 January 2005 the National Institute for Further Education and its offices) and other educational institutions in programmes that vary widely with regard to content. In-service training programmes the pedagogical staff is involved in (for which the school heads receive central subsidies) have to be accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

For the 2009/10 school year, teachers were offered accredited programmes focused on the European Union, its history, bodies and functioning, on education in Europe, education policy and concrete aspects of education from the European point of view. Special attention was paid to the methodology of drawing down European funds.

Examples of topics of education actions concerning Europe:

  • Beginnings of European thought,
  • The project EU-DAP (European Drug Addiction Prevention),
  • Multimedia history education – European integration (Multimediální výuka dějepisu – Evropská integrace),
  • The current challenges of European economic integration and globalization,
  • European legislation and occupational safety,
  • How to teach European history of the 20th century,
  • How to teach about the European Union – searching information sources on the EU,
  • European Union to foreign language teachers,
  • The European Union at a glance for pupils of basic (základní) and upper secondary schools (střední školy),
  • Institutional framework for the functioning of the European Union,
  • The school's ICT – standard and European cooperation in this field.

Within the Grant System of the Czech Republic Government in connection with information on European affairs, the following topics were approved in 2009:

  • Educational board game about the EU institutions (for basic schools),
  • Europe 2045 in regions (for basic schools),
  • Stories of injustice – paths to liberty (for schools in general),
  • The European Union for upper secondary schools,
  • Take decisions on Europe – model meetings of the key institutions of EU (for basic schools, upper secondary schools and higher education institutions).

Also other projects on the European dimension, targeted at pupils and teachers of primary and secondary schools, are organised by:

  • Centres for Community Works,
  • Czech Science Foundation,
  • National Institute for further Education.


Partnerships and Networks


European Education Programmes

The Czech Republic makes particular use of education programmes and initiatives organised by the European Union within the Lifelong Learning Programme (since 2007). The programmes are under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

The National Agency for European Educational Programmes which was established on 1 January 2007 and is a part of the Centre for International Services, is responsible for the implementation of the Lifelong Learning Programme. Other programmes that it covers include Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, European Language Label, eTwinning, European Economic Area – Financial Mechanisms/Norway, Euroguidance, SCIEX-NMSch 2009-2016 (Scientific Exchange Programme between the New Member States of the EU and Switzerland). The Czech Eurydice Unit is also a part of the National Agency. Details are available on at the web pages of the National Agency

In the European Schoolnet association the Czech Republic is represented by the Centre for International Services.   


Study arranged for Czechs living abroad


A natural part of the foreign cultural policy of every country is the transmission of knowledge on own history and its current situation to other countries of the world. Based on the resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic No. 262 of 9 April 2012 on follow up of the Project to the support the Czech cultural heritage abroad for 2011-2015 the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is developing the teaching of the Czech language and literature abroad. Within this Project the Centre for International Services has started to issue the newsletter Landscapes of the Czech language (Krajiny češtiny) (zero number at the end of 2009). For more details see the web pages of the Centre for International Services.

Through Czech embassies, Czech compatriots can enrol in one- or two-semester courses, which are mainly focused on teacher training in the Czech language and literature, history, ethnology, the history of art or possibly theology, and which usually take place at Faculties of Arts at universities in Prague and Brno. Enrolled students receive a scholarship and are entitled to the same accommodation and subsistence allowance as Czech students. After completing the course they receive a certificate. A two-week course in the methodology of the Czech language instruction is intended for teachers who are ethnic Czechs. Participants receive pocket money; accommodation, meals, catering and travel expenses are covered.

The government also approved the possibility to accept 3 pupils from Czech communities in Serbia and Romania to upper secondary education to provide them with complete secondary education in pedagogical fields.

Foreigners of Czech descent who are over the age of 18 and want to learn the language of their ancestors or to improve their command of Czech can, through Czech Embassies, enrol in four-week summer courses in the Czech language. Tuition, food and board are provided free of charge. After completion of the course participants receive a certificate.

At the request of Czech communities abroad, teachers can be sent into the communities to promote there the knowledge of the Czech language and to increase cultural awareness. The teachers must receive a teaching qualification in Master's study preferentially in the Czech language and an advantage is at least two years of practical experience in teaching the subject. Service conditions for teachers differ considerably depending on the country in question and on the concrete destination. At present Czech teachers have been sent to Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and the U. S. A.

Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies


The courses of the Czech language, literature, history and culture within Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies are run annually by six public higher education institutions (vysoké školy) in the Czech Republic (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Masaryk University, Charles University in Prague, Charles University - Institute for Language and Preparatory Study in Poděbrady, Palacký University in Olomouc, Institute for Language and Preparatory Study in Poděbrady a University of West Bohemia). Course participants are, for the most part, foreign students and teachers of Czech/Slavonic Studies.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport offers scholarships for participation in these courses to applicants from eligible countries. The offer is announced through Czech Embassies. The candidates are  selected by the representative offices which send their nominations to the Ministry by 31 March of the calendar year concerned. Advice and further information can be provided by the Czech Embassies in eligible countries. The scholarship consists of free study, accommodation, meals and excursions, for some countries it also includes an allowanceaccommodation and course fees.

Summer Schools are open also to foreign nationals who do not hold or cannot apply for these scholarships and wish to bear the related expenses themselves. In this case, applications have to be filed directly with the selected faculty/institute. The respective higher education institutions make all decisions as to admissions.