8.10 Current debates and reforms
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In 2017 the process of national curricular documents revision and updates was started. Between 2022 - 2023 new national curricula framework should be created, after that piloted, accompanied by "model documents and activities" for schools and in the period 2024 - 2026 it should be implemented in all schools.
Within the revision process, lots of emphasis are put on the use of ICT and modern technologies and that is the only field that was reformed and put in pilot testing and comprehensively put in force by the so-called "small revision" in January 2021. The fields of culture and cultural competencies, however, were diminished within the "small" revisited curricula 2021 and how it will be worked out is not known yet. Wider support of cultural creative education and use of new technologies for cultural expressions are expected.
The realization of the common memorandum on cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is expected to be further exploited and discussed in order to bring practical common initiatives.
The most recent topics in the culture field are linked to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Culture in the Czech Republic, professional and non-professional was hit very much since March 2020, as due to the need for social distancing and diminishing people-to-people contacts most of the opportunities for living culture were closed by the Governmental decisions. Cultural institutions are adapting to the new situations as many offer part of their programme online and try to bring new models, how to bring culture to the public and young people.
Recent information about the situation in Culture and Covid-19 are on the website of the Ministry of Culture.
The implementation of the new State Cultural Policy 2021 - 2025 is in a play of which one of the priority goals is also to transform and reform current support and execution of culture, cultural and creative industries and also new ways of educating about and for culture within the formal education.