The project builds on collaboration between local cultural organisations and schools, established in the “Jihlava educates through culture” (Jihlava vzdělává kulturou) project, which has verified arts-integration as an effective tool for increasing pupils’ engagement, motivation and development of personal skills. This project uses arts integration to develop pupils’ “action competence” and self-perception as agents of change in their communities. In cooperation with creative professionals, schools initiate a process of reflection and dialogue with pupils, parents and the wider community on local sustainability issues.
“The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme pro-motes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. It promo-tes respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. Active Citizens Fund came to the Czech Republic in September 2019 with the goal to support CSOs regardless of their size and experience. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, Committee of Good Will – the Olga Havel Foundation and Scout Institute. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021. With EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. One of the important objectives of the programme is strengthening bilateral cooperation between donor and beneficiary states through financial contributions in specified priority sectors. It supports bilateral relations between the donor states Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic.”)