The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2020 – John Amos Comenius has come to a close. The festival, culture worldwide, and of course humanity faced an unprecedented year and tremendous challenges. Through the loss and suffering and loneliness of social distancing, new avenues for hope and joy evolved. Ironically, the Father of Modern Education also witnessed the horrors of the pandemic of his own period and yet never lost faith for his people as well as all nations. He invested his greatest energy, time and wisdom in the quality and universal education of future generations.
In these hard times of the Covid-19 pandemic, the imagination and smiles of the children and students participating in this year’s festival have brought light and delight. We thank them foremost for carrying on the traditions and learnings of their elders and teaching others about not only the greatest pedagogue of all times but also about the history, language, cooking, and holidays of the Czech Republic.
We wish you a peaceful holiday season. Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s festival personality!
Katarina gets into the Christmas spirit by “teaching” us about Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas Day), which is celebrated on December 6. Were you naughty or nice this year? Hope that there is something sweet in your stocking. Savor this short video giving a short overview of this celebration at: https://bit.ly/3g1hyIx.
Ten-year-old Adela "teaches" us about the Moldau River / Vltava. She shares her memories of her summer experiences canoeing down the river and past the beautiful town of Český Krumlov. Take in the view at https://bit.ly/2I1OyUB!
Students from American Sokol Washington, D.C. "teach us" about John Amos Comenius, called the "Father of Modern Education." They share illustrations and snippets of his life with us, as part of the project Teach Me. Check out the video at: https://bit.ly/3krHTQT
The Embassy of the Czech Republic is honored to partner with Moravian College to celebrate the legacy of John Amos Comenius via the voices of the College's students and staff. More specifically, the Moravian College via its Moravia College Theatre Company produced the following video to celebrate its heritage and express gratitude for the legacy of John Amos Comenius, on whose philosophy of education the College is built.
Four-year-old Luke from Maryland "teaches" us how to say two very important things in Czech. One of them is, "Do you want chocolate?" Check out this sweet pronunciation lesson of Luke taking on the Czech language with his mom's assistance, as part of the community project Teach Me. Bravo! Watch the video at: https://bit.ly/3nbaDPA
Twelve-year-old Mark from Illinois "teaches" us about the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. What legend and lore lie in this beautiful bridge in the heart of Europe! Enjoy this beautiful video as part of the project Teach Me at: https://bit.ly/3kpsUGY
Eight-year-old Rudy from Brooklyn, NY, is inspired by his favorite book: "Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes." He "teaches" us about three vehicles made in the Czech Republic - one of them is the CZ 250 Motocross. What awesome wheels! What's your favorite ride? View the video as part of the community project Teach Me at: https://bit.ly/32AFJrN
The Czech Embassy Bike Challenge kicked off on Sept. 28! Cycle 19.18 kilometers to mark Czech Independence Day, which was established in the year 1918, and explore other great points of interest associated with the Czech Republic and its history around Washington, DC. The Challenge is open to everyone, young or old and full of sportsmanship or thirst to learn, during the race period between September 28 – October 28, 2020. #CzechBikeChallenge
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Diplomacy & Fashion founder and wife of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic Indira Gumarova hosted a special preview of couture clothing by Czech fashion designer Petra Ptáčková on September 23, 2020.
Four-year-old Jane from Kansas loves to make and, most importantly, eat cherry kolache. She will “teach” you a bit about the delicious Czech dessert, as part of the project Teach Me. View the video at: https://bit.ly/2Iz4JsJ.
Meet Honza from Minnesota. He will “teach” you a little about the delicious Czech pastry “rohliky,” as part of the project Teach Me. This tasty pastry warms to a golden brown in the oven and is a scrumptious staple for an everyday menu. Enjoy the launch of the community project Teach Me with this video at: https://bit.ly/3eTvBzk
To launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2020 – John Amos Comenius, the Embassy of the Czech Republic is thrilled to release short videos of children of all ages teaching about the Czech Republic every Wednesday on its social media! Children from all over the United States have submitted their pieces about food, travel, customs and more to the Embassy’s project in honor of the Father of Modern Education, who deeply cared about universal education for all and modern teaching methods, such as learning through play.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic features John Amos Comenius, known as the Father of Modern Education, as the banner personality for the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2020. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the festival and the 350th anniversary of Comenius’ death. Comenius transformed education, believing in universal education for all and that education should begin at an early age. He encouraged learning through play. The festival launches in September. Stay posted on this site for upcoming details!