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Projects

International projects

Literature live 

In September 2013 two-year long international project Literature live has begun, its author and coordinator is Gymnasium Duhovka. Project is focused on Czech and world literature, active reading, it supports student’s interest in culture and arts, and it is based on the individual student’s work. 

Ten European countries have joined the project: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Turkey. Its concept is based on discussions with contemporary writers and poets. These discussions are organized by students themselves, supported by teachers. Within the project 60 discussions with writers from all countries involved in it will be organized, and students will attend six international meetings. The language of communication is English. This project is exceptional not only by number of countries involved in it, but also because it is formally supported by the Czech Center of the International PEN Club associating the Czech authors, and by the Municipal Library Prague. Students from 14 to 19 years participate it the project.

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Special skills for special people 

From September 23rd to 30th 2013 students attended project "Special skills for special people". It was set in cooperation and support of program "Youth in Action" (European Union program for supporting the informal education). The Special Education Centre Janez Levec located in Slovenian Ljubljana organized this project. Next to us, five other groups of representatives from different countries participated in the project: Finnish youth organization Icehearts from Helsinki, gymnasiums from Latvia and Estonia, and representatives from the local schools Janeca Leveca in Ljubljana.

A target of the project was to create a program for special local schools and their handicapped students. 

Integral parts of the project were communication in English, introduction and presentation of each country, and discussion about involvement of the handicapped people in a common life. Thanks to a friendly environment all language barriers, stereotypes and prejudice, which sometimes healthy people form about the handicapped people, were eliminated.

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Ways to freedom 

From October 18th to 25th 2013 students from the Duhovka school club attended a project “Ways to freedom”, held in Polish Krakow. Another four groups of representatives from Estonia, Poland and Lithuania participated in it. 

Already a year ago we have prepared a presentation on the history of our country after World War II, and through the questionnaires we gained information from our parents and grandparents. During this international meeting we introduced the results of our research, we watched documentary films focused on the period of the cold war and we debated with others. 

We were brought closer not only by touching history of ex-communist countries, we also filled some empty spaces in our knowledge of history, we met many interesting people, and we found new friends.

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Quality or quantity? 

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Gymnasium Duhovka has joined an international pilot project “Quality or quantity?”, which investigates the influence of a long-term integration of a global development education into tuition on student’s attitude.

Project works with already existing methodology of the British Reading International Solidarity Centre. The methodology is contained in a handbook “How do we know it is working?”. Project’s ambition is to create brand new activities, which will be included in a new teaching publication and will take into account needs of Czech schools.

Project is running in cooperation with the tuition program Varianty of People in Need in Czech Republic, Milan Šimečka Foundation in Slovakia, and Reading International Solidarity Centre in the United Kingdom, who is the project leader. Different organizations and universities have been invited to cooperate on the project in all countries.

World School

A team of students has decided to obtain a prestigious title Global Action School for gymnasium Duhovka. Project World School leans on a partnership of non-profit organizations from seven countries (the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Malta, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and Thailand). A target of this project is to exploit a huge potential of schools to solve some actual world problems. The prize World School has been awarded to approximately thirty Czech schools and almost two hundred other schools around Europe. Basic philosophy of the project is to support education of students and their preparation for real life in the globalized world. It leans on a simple methodology of three steps: study – investigate – act. Cornerstones of the effort to obtain the title are active students supported by their teachers. Duhovka student’s team investigates why, despite all statistic data and scientific researches on harmlessness of the tap water, it is not possible to obtain it in restaurants, and why the consumption of bottled water does not reduce significantly.

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  • common target is to help solving a chosen problem;
  • global topic is a natural part of tuition and school life;
  • students, led by a team of teachers, occupy themselves with world affairs actively and they also follow progress in the underdeveloped world; 
  • students, teachers and general public gain information about the global problems;
  • students identify local problems with a global overlap and they aim towards solving them;
  • school organizes an event in cooperation with a local partner organization at least once a year.

European Youth Parliament CZ 

European Youth Parliament CZ is based on discussions, diplomatic negotiations, respect and enforcement of one’s own opinion. Communication among the representatives of YEP is held in English language. 

Our students were successful in a regional round in Prague in 2014, and also on a national conference EYP in Strakonice in March 2014. On the basis of their excellent results they were nominated to a local round in German Ahaus.

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