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Unexpected baby boom produces kindergarten shortage

31-05-2007 16:08 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech government is being forced to address a serious problem. Following a decline in the birth rate after the fall of communism hundreds of crèches and kindergartens closed down. Now, the trend has turned - young women in their thirties are having babies - but they find that when they are ready to go back to work they have nowhere to place their children.   More

New book helps fight gender stereotypes in school education

25-04-2007 15:30 | Pavla Horáková

The notions of gender, gender equality, gender stereotypes and discrimination are still relatively new in Czech society. A group of activists has decided to start from to the youngest generation and to promote gender equality in schools. A book recently published and handed out to schools introduces the concepts and practices of gender sensitive education to both school teachers and children.   More

New music school brightens Terezin's dark legacy

12-04-2007 16:54 | Coilin O'Connor

Terezin The Czech town of Terezin was the infamous site of a Nazi "show camp" for Jewish detainees during the Second World War. In order to convince the International Red Cross that they were treating Jewish captives well, the Third Reich allowed the people kept there were to enjoy something of a cultural life. As many artists and musicians were sent to Terezin, they managed to produce some stunning art and music such as Hans Krasa's Brundibar opera during their captivity before being eventually transported to Nazi death camps. Now a new international music centre has opened there, which has been inspired by the town's tragic history.   More

Violence among the young:a growing problem in Czech society

05-04-2007 15:58 | Daniela Lazarová

The news that two twelve year old girls attempted to commit suicide late last year because of class bullying sent shockwaves across the country and once again highlighted a growing problem in Czech society: violence among the young. We look at the roots of the problem and what can be done about it.   More

Mailbox

25-03-2007 | Pavla Horáková

In Mailbox this week: The Czech Republic and the International Criminal Court, ownership of churches, a cat parasite featured in Czech Science, day nurseries in the Czech Republic. Listeners quoted: Wayne Soukup, Max Pottie, Barbara Deacon, Aloisie Krasny.   More

Czech students enjoying benefits of Erasmus programme

22-03-2007 15:25 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: European Commission For many young people around the continent, one of the most tangible benefits of being in the European Union is having the opportunity to study in another EU state. For 20 years the main body helping facilitate such international study has been the Erasmus programme. Ahead of a large Erasmus conference in Prague, I found out what it means for Czech students and universities.   More

OECD criticizes Czech Republic for lack of day nurseries

21-03-2007 15:44 | Lenka Petaková

Being the parent of a small child while making one's living at the same time is not an easy thing to do in the Czech Republic, as there is a serious shortage of day nurseries and crèches in this country. Now, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has criticized the Czech Republic for the low number of child care centres in the Czech Republic. According to the OECD, the lack of childcare facilities here could have serious consequences for the careers of women who have children, which could in turn have an impact on the competitive strength of the country.  More

Mailbox

18-03-2007 | Pavla Horáková

Primda Today in Mailbox: Mystery regarding old Czech/British film solved; primary education in Czech Republic; One on One theme tune once again; President Klaus in America; castles in Czech Republic; changes to Mailbox programme. Listeners quoted: Henry Loeser, Tony Prescott, Timothy C. Merkel, Johanna Cumberbirch, Mary Lou Krenek, David Jameson, K. Thiagarajan.   More

Constitutional Court ruling enables municipalities to ban street prostitution

09-03-2007 15:58 | Pavla Horáková

A ruling on Thursday by the Constitutional Court was good news for many towns and villages across the Czech Republic. It enables local authorities to ban prostitution from public areas. In the verdict, the court said the potential harmful effect of publicly offered sexual services on the moral development of children is greater than the freedom of enterprise.   More

Czech high school holds referendum on school uniforms

02-03-2007 16:03 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK In the Czech Republic there is no tradition of wearing uniforms in school. But now, in something of a first, students at a private high school in Dubi, north Bohemia, have held a school referendum on whether or not to introduce school uniforms. The reasons "why" were several.   More

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