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JSNŠ or OWIS – One World in Schools is one of the educational programmes of the People in Need foundation. Since 2001, we have helped educate responsible young people, who are getting their bearings in today’s world, to approach information in an open and critical manner. They are not indifferent; they want to make a difference, and they also want to have an influence on events around them.

Our learning materials respond to the situation in society as well as current challenges facing this country and the world. We place special emphasis on the practical applicability of our materials. Consequently, everything is produced in cooperation with teachers. Teachers and pupils in more than 3,300 primary and secondary schools work with OWIS materials.

Using films, discussions, and learning activities, we bring important topics and specific stories into schools. We focus on human rights, modern Czechoslovak history, media education, and many other subjects.

We provide teachers with an attractive form of audio-visual lessons, documentary films, and methodological materials that are available online at our website jsns.cz. Individual lessons are focused on topical subjects in today’s world (human rights, development issues, civic engagement) and on modern Czechoslovak history. It is possible to download films from the internet and save them (including on portable storage devices) so that they can be played later. All of this is free-of-charge and legal.

Registration with the website is free for teachers and students in the Czech Republic.


  • Stories of Injustice

Using documentaries and feature films as well as other aids for teaching history, we acquaint primary and secondary school students with modern Czechoslovak history. Read more (pdf, 2,08 MB).

  • Film clubs

We offer secondary school students the option of setting up a film club and legally screening documentaries for their fellow pupils free-of-charge. 

  • Kdo jiný? (Who Else?)

We assist young people in taking an active approach to societal events, e.g. in the form of team projects where students themselves deal with a local problem or help out in their own town or village.

  • Student elections

Before the real elections in the Czech Republic, we organise simulated elections for students older than 15 years of age. Young people try out organising elections and expressing their opinions in student votes.

  • One World Festival – school screenings

Within the framework of the One World International Human Rights Film Festival, we offer morning screenings that are specially adapted thematically to pupils’ ages.

  • Gratias Tibi  Award

We present the Gratias Tibi Award to young people who have changed the world around them for the better. 

  • Proti ztrátě paměti (Against the Loss of Memory)

Every year in June, in the form of happenings, discussions, and film screenings we remind people of the victims of the communist regime and the value of freedom.

  • Seminars

We organise courses accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports for teachers who want to teach their pupils using documentary film.

  • Polls and surveys

We want to understand the pupils and students for whom we prepare our projects. That’s why we commission surveys that examine the lifestyle of young people as well as their attitudes and opinions.

Following the Czech example, One World in Schools has also been operating abroad for eight years (in Slovakia, Poland, Estonia, Romania, Germany, Lebanon, Georgia, Mongolia, Moldova, Armenia, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo).


OWIS actively seeks after partners for future cooperation. We are open to various types of cooperation with different partners, for example non-governmental and non-profit organisationseducational institutions or film festivals. We are able to lead large-scale projects aimed on sharing our experiences with usage of documentary film in formal and informal education. In this case OWIS helps the partner organisation to develop an education material, train teachers how to use the materials, establish film clubs or support young active people in their activities. We are also ready to participate in projects that are proposed by potential partners according to their relevance to OWIS mission. For more information contact our coordinator tereza.pelechova@jsns.cz.