Stories of Injustice
As far as the decades during which Czech society lived under dictatorships are concerned, this project aims to introduce our country’s modern history to young people. We provide schools with documentary film material suitable for teaching history, organise film screenings and discussions with eyewitnesses and historians, and publish a regular Bulletin. We also organise seminars for teachers, hold public exhibitions, and publish books and methodological manuals. Since 2009, students have been presenting the Stories of Injustice Award to individuals for their courageous standpoints and actions during the communist regime.
One World Festival – School Screenings
The One World International Human Rights Film Festival was established in 1999. Since then, it has been presenting documentaries and introducing important topics in the field of human rights, such as life during undemocratic periods and in times of war, or various social and environmental topics. Within this framework, we offer primary and secondary schools special screenings of selected films, which are thematically adapted to the students’ ages. The film screenings are followed by discussions with experts, during which young viewers learn more about the topic and have the opportunity to express their opinions.
The media permeate all spheres of our lives and we draw most of our information from them. In recent years, the dramatic growth in people’s exposure to fake news and propaganda via social media and online sources has highlighted the need for young people to have the knowledge and tools to objectively analyse the plethora of available information.
Critical thinking and media literacy are among the key competencies needed for life in the 21st century. At JSNS, we support the development of these skills by preparing attractive audio-visual materials, organising various seminars and courses, and carrying out research.
We are responsible for many projects, one of them being Media Education in Primary Schools.
Download our "5 key questions" methodology - one of the strategies we use to make students critically think about media messages.
Who Else? – Youth Action for the Environment
Education through hands-on experience encourages young people to believe in themselves and their actions, which can make the world around them a better place. For almost ten years, we have been cooperating with primary and secondary schools throughout the Czech Republic. Using an interesting and natural form of learning, we lead young people to believe in themselves and confidently improve things around them. We motivate them to not be indifferent towards others and the environment, to participate in public events, and to take action and create their own projects.
Before elections are held in the Czech Republic, we organise simulated elections for students over the age of 15. By organising these Student Elections, we want to contribute to the active, responsible, and self-confident citizenship of the main voters of the future.
Our goal is for secondary school students to become familiar with the principles of representative democracy and the Czech Republic’s electoral system based on personal experience. The results of the Student Elections are important, as they help us to find out more about the youngest generation, their opinions, and their attitudes. Therefore, we believe that they should not be overlooked by politicians, the media, or the general public.
Human Rights - Projects funded by Norway Grants
Throughout the twenty years of its existence, JSNS (OWIS) has been actively involved in human rights education. We use our documentaries and audio-visual lessons to draw attention to human rights violations both at home and abroad. Our materials bring to the table topics such as extremism, racism, the LGTBQ community, national and ethnic minorities, and life under undemocratic regimes.
Despite ongoing efforts to uphold fundamental human rights, the rights of individuals and groups around the world continue to be violated. At present, it is absolutely essential for us to support people and groups who find themselves in war situations, or who are facing persecution, bullying, or imprisonment for their views or activities in countries with repressive regimes.
Gratias Tibi Award
We present the Gratias Tibi Award to young people who have changed the world around them for the better.
We offer secondary school students the option of setting up a film club and legally screening documentaries for their fellow pupils free-of-charge.
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