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Czech Republic/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

See also  chapter 3.3 and  chapter 3.4.5.

For the year 2008, the Arts and Theatre Institute, a state organisation, became the main organiser of the national project Together across Cultures in 2008. A national strategy for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in the CR was established and a national project organised on its basis. The project priorities were:

  • promotion and highlighting of issues connected with intercultural dialogue towards a change of thinking in Czech society and among minorities, communities and immigrants with an emphasis on school and out-of-school education of young people; and
  • integration of foreigners and the Roma community using cultural and artistic activities.

In 2008, as part of the national project Together Across Cultures, the Portal of Intercultural Dialogue was founded, the purpose of which was to serve as the main communication channel for the year. The portal was maintained and at present serves as an open platform mainly for NGOs and for NGO activity in the field of culture and education directed at intercultural dialogue, which contributes to fulfilling the objectives of migration and integration policy in the CR.

In July 2010 the Czech Republic ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) and in 2014 the Czech Republic submitted its first preliminary evaluative report. The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the implementation of the Convention. In connection with the Convention’s implementation an international meeting was organised in Prague in autumn 2013 that focused on the method and system of implementing the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Exprsesions in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The Czech Republic also annually contributes financially to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.

For more on projects on intercultural education in the Czech Republic, see chapter 8.3.3.

Additional Resources:

Government's overall approach to intercultural dialogue

Database of Good Practice on Intercultural Dialogue

Key Resources

Chapter published: 28-01-2016

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