One World, Many Voices - CZK 520.000 for 11 Czech school projects

Thanks to its members’ donations, AmCham will allocate CZK 520.000 among 11 Czech public schools through the whole country. The support goes to school projects that bring active youngsters together with local government representatives through realization of something beneficial for local community.

By this program, AmCham members would like to foster active participation in communities and help with building trust among young people and local governments. The chamber believes that active participation in society is crucial for each democracy. Working on a project should also help children to implement theoretical knowledge in practice and communicate in English, since project proposal and a final report should be delivered in English.

Funds for the One World, Many Voices program come from donations of AmCham members mostly, made at the Thanksgiving Ball either through purchasing corporate tables or bidding in the Silent Auction.

There were 11 projects selected from 38 submitted. Some projects were supported fully, some of them will get less than requested, but the purpose of the project will be maintained. Projects that could not be supported by AmCham will be circulated among chamber member companies and they can support those projects individually. The program will continue in 2013 and new call for projects will be announced during the year.

Projects were evaluated according to following criteria: purpose and objectives of the project, positive effect on the community; involvement of class/school, local community/public, local government or its office; long term sustainability of the project; value for money.

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Supported Projects


School as a community center of the village (development of cultural life in the village)

ZŠ a MŠ Deblín

Provided grant: CZK 65 000

Details: Development of rich cultural program, based on research among local community. There are involved pupils of the 9th class, school parliament, teachers and parents, seniors, local community, municipal government. Budget items include projection screen, projector, and stackable chairs.


You can see us but cannot hear us - school theatre group in Paseka    

ZŠ Paseka, okr. Uničov

Provided grant: CZK 77 000
Details: Theatre shows prepared by children for local community. These public events should foster active participation in the social life of the municipality. Main participants: school children, parents, public as performers. Events organized for public with support from and in cooperation with municipality. The budget will be spent for sound system, some costumes and scenery.


Let's Read (a self-service library for children and adults from neighborhood)

ZŠ a MŠ T. G. Masaryka, Hlavečník, okr. Pardubice
Provided grant: CZK 35 000
Details: The school will furnish its vestibule with freely accessible bookcase and will purchase books to be accessible for pupils, parents and local community in general. Public would participate in book selection – the school will organize public survey, also municipality will be involved. The budget would be spent for Bookcase and books. The school committed to organize two public events yearly to promote reading, in cooperation with local municipality.


The Garden of friendship and understanding

SŠ, ZŠ, MŠ, Hanácká 3, Šumperk                  
Provided grant: CZK 39 000

Details: School garden cultivation and opening to local community, cooperation with the Club of Pensioners, the Club of Czech Tourists and the Gardeners’ Club. The school will organize a big environmental educational event (Three days for the nature). The garden should become a place for intergenerational meetings, social events, and leisure activities. The budget would be spent for garden cultivation, samples of rocks and minerals for education trail, material for the event Three days for the nature. 


 Meeting Park (community meeting park)

ZŠ Hranice, okres Cheb         
Provided grant: CZK 60 000
Details: Creation of relaxing and meeting place for children, young people, parents with kids and adults. Pupils, local committee Studánka, Town Council in Hranice will be involved. The local community will use the new park (pupils already met with municipality to discuss their plans). The budget will be spent mainly for pergola, benches, trees and bush. Co-financing is planned from municipality.


Learn in nature – natural classroom

ZŠ a MŠ Josefův důl   
Provided grant: CZK 60 000
Details: The school will build a natural classroom with educational wheel with the information boards about Jizera Mountains. The space would be used not only for education, but also for events for children, their parents and teachers. Municipality, regional office and a local foundation would contribute to the project financially too. Expenses would include cultivation of the area, furniture for the natural classroom and plants.


 The Garden of Knowledge (public garden in front of the school)

ZŠ a MŠ Kunín, okr. Nový Jičín         
Provided grant: CZK 60 000

Details: Building a garden in front of the school that would be used not only by pupils, but also by parents, tourists, cyclists, kindergarten children. Project prepared by pupils of the 6th grade, other pupils, teachers, local community and municipal office will cooperate on realization. Budget will be used for pavement works, trees, outside furniture. 


 One Step, Many Advantages (park and safe way to the school)

ZŠ T. G. Masaryka Mnichovice, okr. Praha -východ
Provided grant: CZK 60 000
Details: Students of the 8th class prepared proposal for new safer way to school, they will work with the school and the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of their municipality to realize the plan. They will build a park and stairs on the way to school. The expenses will include walkway, stairs, benches, bins decorated by pupils.


 One World, Many Traditions (English and social events in the community)      

ZŠ Lukov, okr. Zlín                
Provided grant: CZK 30 000
Details: Project including public celebrations of Anglo-American holidays to foster learning English in the town. AmCham will support building a school greenhouse to grow flowers and pumpkins for Flower Celebration and Halloween events. Municipality will be involved in common public events.


English silent singing (social integration)

ZŠ Ostrava Poruba, A.Hrdličky
Provided grant: CZK 23 000
Details: Main purposes of the project are integration of handicapped children in the social community, mixing hearing-impaired and non-hearing impaired, English improvement. Realization would include public events – performances at the occasion of various celebrations in the city. The grant will be used for English teaching materials to help students improve as teachers of their hearing-impaired friends. The Mayor is involved in preparing and realization of events.


 Mini GLOBE Games (Terrain competition with ecological themes)        

Gymnázium, Kadaň, 5.května
Provided grant: CZK 11 000

Details: The grammar school students organize a complex environment competition for basic school children. The budget would be used for various measuring instruments used during the competition and other projects monitoring quality of environment. They will work with local municipality to communicate about quality of local environment.


For more information about the One World, Many Voices program please contact Eva Chvalkovska at

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