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Government minister calls for debate on adoption by gay couples

27-02-2007 14:44 | Pavla Horáková

The cabinet minister responsible for minorities and human rights, Dzamila Stehlikova, has called for a debate aimed at allowing gay couples to adopt children. In an interview for an internet news server on Monday, the Green Party minister said it would be the right step considering the fact that around 20,000 children are being brought up in institutions in the Czech Republic.   More

Magazine

17-02-2007 | Daniela Lazarová

Astronomers have called off the hunt for a precious meteor. Need a regional costume from Bohemia, Moravia or Silesia? We know where to get it. And, Moravia's most popular majorettes. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

Forced "reprogramming" of left-handers abandoned 40 years ago

14-02-2007 16:06 | Lenka Petaková

Around 10 percent of people are left-handed. But it wasn't so long ago that those born left-handed were forced to write with their right hands. Life improved substantially for left-handed Czechs forty years ago, when the authorities abandoned this practice. Lenka Petakova reports - and meets a man who remembers the bad old days when left-handers were made to "overcome" their natural disposition.   More

Mixed results for Czech Republic in UNICEF international child welfare report

14-02-2007 16:06 | Ian Willoughby

The welfare of children in the world's most advanced states is the focus of an extensive report just released by the United Nations children's organisation UNICEF. It uses a wide range of factors from health, to poverty, to relations with family and peers to rate 21 countries; the Netherlands is judged to have the best child well-being, the UK the worst. The Czech Republic ranks 15th, though the news is certainly not all bad.   More

Strasbourg court begins appeal in case of Roma children sent to special schools

17-01-2007 15:20 | Rob Cameron

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has begun hearing an appeal in the case of 18 Romany children from Ostrava, whose parents claim their placing in special schools for the mentally retarded amounted to discrimination. Such schools have since been renamed in the Czech Republic, but the problem remains; most Romany children generally receive a sub-standard education. Last year the Court ruled against the applicants; this appeal is the families' last chance. David Strupek is the lawyer representing the 18 families, and earlier he spoke to Radio Prague by telephone.   More

Magazine

13-01-2007 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK The pro-monarch's league says it wants Prince Charles to be king of the Czech Republic. Preparing to bare all for the sake of art? Find out how your employer feels about it. And, why are truck drivers in the Czech Republic stocking up on tin-foil? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

Over 30 Prague schools scoured for bomb after anonymous threat

12-01-2007 15:55 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK Over 30 church schools in Prague closed for the day on Friday after getting an anonymous bomb threat. Police and bomb disposal experts have been scouring the schools and premises and an intensive search is on for the culprit. It is the biggest security operation in the Czech capital since last September when there were fears of a possible terrorist attack against Jewish targets.   More

The strange tale of the Prague English Grammar School

25-12-2006 | David Vaughan

Jiri and Mariana Hovorka Today the English College in Prague is one of several private secondary schools where pupils are taught in the English language. In this day and age, this is nothing unusual, but what is less well-known is that schools like the English College are building on a Prague tradition that goes way back to 1927. That was when Prague's pioneering state-run English Grammar School was set up - at the time known universally by the acronym PEGS. It was on the instigation of the Education Ministry, with the strong support of the then minister and later Prime Minister, Milan Hodza. In various forms and against all the odds, the school survived both the German occupation and the communist take-over in 1948 - until it was finally closed down in 1953.   More

Black Friday for Czech schools

18-12-2006 14:21 | Daniela Lazarová

December 15th was "black Friday" for schools across the Czech Republic. The lower house has cancelled funding for a five-year project that aimed to bring computers and internet access to schools around the country just one year after it was launched. IT experts and teachers predict the decision will have far-reaching consequences.   More

"So that children know" - a lesson in human rights

13-12-2006 15:03 | Daniela Lazarová

"Aby deti vedely" -or "so that children know" is an EU funded project that aims to teach fourteen and fifteen-year olds about human rights. The idea is not new - what makes it special is that it aims to break with the old practice of memorizing a text, instead encouraging children to talk about various aspects of human rights, and help them to understand the lessons to be learnt from the past.   More

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