Educational Role of National Heritage Institute: Education as a Key Instrument for Improving Quality of Heritage Management in the Czech Republic

A four-year-research project has been delivered in cooperation of Czech National Heritage Institute, Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague and Faculty of Education of Masaryk University in Brno since 2012.  It has been funded by the national Government in order to establish quality system of heritage education and learning in the Czech Republic.

The core objective of the project is an applied research and development; the results will gain an effective social use. They contribute to the creation of the system of educational programmes in the sphere of movable and immovable cultural heritage, including historical seats, cultural landscape and archaeological monuments.

The target groups are children and youth, families, general and professional public. The proposal of the system will be comprehensive and research-based. The construction of its programmes and their applications enable to utilize about 100 open-accessed historical objects managed by National Heritage Institute (NHI).

The programmes respect various types of education, including lifelong learning. The accent on both the educational use of cultural heritage and the systematic support of non/in-formal learning helps better to mirror the national and cultural identification. Interactive forming of relationships to domestic cultural heritage enables to reveal the role of the national heritage in European context and to understand its uniqueness as a part of modern European identity.
In connection with global trends, the educational activities will capitalize both the educational potential of authentic environment of historical objects and digital technologies. They will be instrumental both to effective presentations of heritage values and to the development of intelligence, creativity and value orientation of target groups, in favour of voluntary and sustainable care for cultural heritage.

The original solutions will be presented on international platforms. The network of seven educational centres of NHI secures relevance and accessibility of project outputs; the centres will cooperate on forming, implementation and evaluation of educational programmes.

The outputs will provide methodical support for both state and non-state heritage care, coming in useful on all levels of formal education and in non-profit sector. They also improve the quality supply for the development of tourism.