The wife of President Miloš Zeman, Ivana, is establishing a charity to help abused children. In an interview for Saturday’s Mladá fronta Dnes daily the First Lady said the issue of physically, mentally and sexually abused children had been marginalized despite the fact that it was a growing problem. According to official statistics 28 children died of physical abuse last year alone and 750 suffered sexual abuse. Mrs. Zemanová appealed to the public to be more vigilant with respect to what is going on in their neighborhood and not hesitate to report cases of suspected child abuse.
Just two decades ago grandparents played a key role in a child’s upbringing. Cohabitation of three generations was the norm and even if that were not the case the role of babysitter or nanny was practically non-existent because grandparents automatically took over whenever the need arose. Since the fall of communism opened up new opportunities, things have changed. Young families now live alone and their elderly parents often either work or live too far away to help out. While this gives both sides greater freedom and independence to live as they
Czech children spend three times as long at computers than exercising and playing sports, according to a new study by the Czech Amateur Sporting Association released on Saturday. The survey, conducted among nearly 2,200 elementary and secondary school pupils, also found that children spend twice as long watching TV than exercising. Around 22 percent of the pupils said they played sports during last year’s summer holidays while 21 percent of them said they did not engage in any physical activity at all.
Child obesity continues to be a problem in the Czech Republic, having risen markedly in recent years. The popularity of increasingly passive activities from spending more and more time on the computer to the internet certainly have not helped. That’s where organisers of two projects underway – Škola plná zdraví and Česko se hýbe – hope to make a major difference.
The Czech family has changed in many ways in the past two decades, with new values and gender models entering the homes, and Communist-era mentality and standards partly waning. One growing phenomenon that few want to talk about is the increasing number of single mothers. Currently, about one in every five children in this country grows up with a single parent. And most of the around 200,000 single caretakers are women. Within the EU, the Czech Republic has one of the highest percentages of single mothers within its population.
“Gothic and baroque architecture, winding cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages– a city steeped in history and romance” - the Czech capital is not hard to sell as an attractive tourist destination. Now Czech Tourism is going further – it is presenting Prague and its surroundings as an ideal wedding destination.
The Health Ministry has announced that it will be introducing two changes as of the New Year, to help mothers giving birth have more privacy and feel more in control while they are in the hospital. Mothers who experience a naturally progressing birth without complications may choose to have only nurses present at the procedure, and will be able to leave the hospital within hours of giving birth, after receiving instructions on how to care for the baby.
The Czech Republic has done better in an international comparison of attainment among school students than three years previously. In the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, which is organised by the OECD, Czech pupils fared better in mathematics, reading and science than they did in 2009. However, the Czech Republic still only showed average results among the 65 countries surveyed. Indeed Czech 15-year-olds were only above average in scientific literacy.
The Czech Republic has been experiencing a sort of mini baby boom for the past six or so years, with one of the first generations of well-educated Czech women deciding to put off motherhood until their thirties. These mothers, who had held high-level jobs, travelled around the world and started their own businesses before having their first child, have initially enjoyed the government-subsidized maternity leave, but for many of them this benefit turned into a burden.
The police have charged a 21-year-old woman with the murder of her newborn baby, a police investigator told reporters on Monday. The woman gave birth last April; the body of the newborn, wrapped in plastic bags, was found near the town of Havlíčkův Brod soon afterwards. The police said the woman kept her pregnancy secret, and did not seek medical assistance. Her former boyfriend, whose role in the case is under investigation, said he believed the baby was stillborn, a claim disproved by an autopsy. If convicted, the woman faces up to 20 years in prison.
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