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EUNIC Ideas Yard. Education today: What would Comenius say? (15 DEC 2020)

15. 12. 2020 at 18:00 CET

Live discussion over Zoom and Facebook.


  • Barbara Holub, artist and architect, Transparadiso; Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung 1, / TU Wien;
  • Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics; Digital Futures Commission: Innovating in the interests of children;
  • Simon Warren, Associate Professor, Critical University Studies, Centre for Research on Problem-oriented Project Learning, Roskilde University;
  • a representative of the UNESCO Education Sector (TBC).

Moderator: Jaroslav Anděl, Anglo-American University, Prague.


John Amos Comenius (Jan Amos Komenský),  the father of modern education, died 350 years ago. As our education system faces numerous challenges, it might be helpful to rethink the main issues and concepts that Comenius advanced almost four centuries ago.  They include equal access to education; individualized educatiion; multisensory engagement connecting texts and pictures (Comenius's Orbis pictus); the use of play advancing creativity (Comenius's schola ludus); experiential learning (learning by doing, education focusing on real-world problems); critical thinking; lifelong learning; transdisciplinary education grounded in the interdependence of sciences; holistic education uniting knowledge and ethics; and the global role of education. Should we prioritize some concepts over others or should we pay attention to all of them in their mutual relationships?


  • EUNIC Global;
  • Goethe-Institut Prag;
  • British Council;
  • Polský Institut Praha;
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura Praga;
  • Rakouské kulturní fórum v Praze;
  • Embassy of the Netherlands in the Czech Republic.

This talk is part of the European project Ideas Yard: Talking about Europe, which is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Czech Centres, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italian Cultural Institute and Polish Institute and is funded by EUNIC Global. EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture – is Europe’s network of national cultural institutes and organisations. The project aims at engaging in a discourse on shared European topics such as sustainability, freedom & democracy as well as innovation & education.





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