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Let’s support teachers and change education of children at primary schools

There are only a few professions which have such a strong impact on the development of the society as teachers. Teachers are the real changemakers of the world which we live in. This initiative wants to support young inexperienced teachers so that they could become great teachers and develop the full potential of our children.

We believe that teachers should:

  • Inspire children, encourage their creativity and independent thinking, and teach them practical skills for their life
  • Raise children’s personal confidence,  deliver the courage to live their own lives, and promote constant desire to learn new things
  • Gain a sense of fulfillment from their work, be respected by the society and be aware of their essential role in its development

We believe that experienced teachers can inspire their young colleagues. Therefore, we started this initiative for primary school teachers in which experienced and novice teachers (with maximum two years of experience) can jointly address important educational issues – such as how to work in partnership with children and their parents or how to promote children’s desire for knowledge.

Our goal is to train experienced teachers to become good mentors so that they can help to advance professional and personal development of their peers. One experienced teacher will be selected from each of the participating elementary schools based on established criteria and matched with a novice teacher from the same school to create a mentoring pair.

Patron of the project:  

“I decided to support this initiative because I believe that it can contribute significantly to the development of Czech education system and thus the overall competitiveness of our country.” Jan Mühlfeit, Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation, and patron of the Mentoring for Young Teachers Project

“We believe that first few school years determine the life of the children, therefore we focused on the primary education in our initiative Mentoring for Young Teachers. We want to transfer the knowledge from the experienced teachers to their young colleagues with the aim to support relationship between teachers and children, particularly in developing creative skills of children.” Vladimira Bendova, Senior Project Manager, BLF

Since we want to make this project successful, we are closely collaborating with teachers, educational experts, academics and representatives of companies in preparing of the individual steps of the project.

Experts taking part in designing the project:

  • Jana Churáčková (Eden Elementary School)
  • Karolina Duschinská (Charles University)
  • Jitka Dupalová (Primary and Nursery School Jílové)
  • Vladimír Dvořák (Grid International CZ)
  • Jindřich Kitzberger (Duhovka Group)
  • Stanislava Křížová (AISIS)
  • Hana Košťálová (SKAV)
  • Jana Nováčková (Society for brain compatible learning)
  • Mirka Škardová (Step by Step)
  • Magdalena Valášková (Mansio)

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Project Timeline:    

Mentoring for Young Teachers Project timeline

Start of project methodology formulation Jan. 2014
Registration of elementary schools and teachers Mar. 5. – Mar. 31. 2014
2nd Stakeholders dialogue – event methodology shared with project partners, details discussed in greater depth Apr. 2. 2014, 14-17 h
Selection of teachers by a team of experts Apr. 4. – Apr. 30. 2014
Project opening ceremony May 2014
Teachers competence workshop, Respect and be respected course Jul. 2014
Mentoring for mentor and mentee course Aug. 25. – Aug. 27. 2014
Mentoring starts at the selected schools Sep. 2014
Mentor and mentee supervision group meetings Oct., Nov. 2014, Jan., Mar., May. 2015
3rd Stakeholders dialogue – project progress evaluation, debate about further project activities and future project sustainability Dec. 2014
Closing ceremony of the first year of the project, final evaluation Jun. 2015


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