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Is Education a Cure?

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 5, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

The education of disadvantaged children, with the support of the system – or in spite of it.

This autumn marks 16 years since a landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, which confirmed that the Czech Republic discriminates against Romany children by sending them too often to practical (formerly special) schools. Have we managed to do anything about this in the past 16 years? In that time, have the educational chances of not only Romany children but all disadvantaged children improved? Or do Czech schools today still tend to reproduce disparities in family background? And what does the situation of disadvantaged children tell us about Czech education as a whole? What is the role of systemic measures, and what is the role of the motivation and attitude of the individual, be it a pupil or school principal?

Marie Gottfriedová, director and prevention methodologist at Trmice Elementary School, Jana Straková, an expert on inequality in education, and journalist Patrik Banga will discuss all of this. The debate will be moderated by sociologist Karel Čada.

The discussion held in collaboration between the Václav Havel Library and the Committee of Good Will – Olga Havlová Foundation.


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