a way to share inspiring ideas, approaches,
experiences and results concerning whole-life learning. It is also a way to activate local communities and stimulate collaboration throughout society.
local communities that can play an active role in understanding and tackling challenges met during
our daily life. We also intend to stimulate activities complementary to the system of formal education.
Open Science Coordinator
Creative and Engagement Specialist
Landscapes around villages have great educational potential. They carry prints of natural, as well as, of societal development that can be studied by various scientific and artistic approaches, with methods and results interesting enough to serve as a base for discussion about communal development. Especially, the landscape of former German settlements abandoned and hardly re-settled after WWII are full of inspiring and interesting objects to be studied – remains of houses, former orchards, old water channels, industrial monuments that can be viewed through old maps, pictures as well as e.g. modern satellite images.
Local OSHub Konigsmuhle works with five neighboring villages (their schools and municipalities) to “experience” landscape history and to activate public interest in it and also in the methods applied. During the school-led field work important landscape objects will be located and short video clips about these will be produced and then visualized in the form of an interactive map. Children will be taught how to process videos and how to work with GIS software, they will also present their results to the public. A “land-science/art” festival will be then organized to show and discuss the outputs.
The Covid pandemic has shown there are some important skills and knowledge that are mostly not taught within the standard education curriculum, although they could be essential during extraordinary periods of time like during the Covid-19 pandemic. What to eat when the shop's supply collapses, how to bake your own sourdough bread (how yeast microorganisms work), how to evaluate the importance of wearing a face mask, how to recognize fake-news in social media. Schools should be among the first ones to react to the actual situation and provide communities with relevant information, however, they tend to be “frozen” in established ways of teaching, both content-wise and methods-wise.
In collaboration with two secondary schools, local OSHub Trebon is preparing several teaching resources about skills important during the epidemic. Firstly, with kids and their parents they discovered what to eat in nature, currently they are focusing on preparing leaven to bake home-made bread. As it is typical for their work, they summarize the obtained knowledge into the form of illustrated panels such as instruction manuals, how to proceed with experiments and what is interesting about them. The panels will then be displayed in schools, distributed within the community and shared with other OSHubs.
Air pollution from house heating systems (brown coal and wet wood combustion, often also burning waste) is probably the most serious environmental problem in the Czech countryside. Especially in the villages locked in narrow valleys, the concentration of pollutants significantly exceeds defined pollution limits during most of the heating season. It is extremely important to obtain at least some data on air quality and discuss the problem within the local community, try to find ways to persuade people that clean air is a top priority for them, their children and nature, and that it is worth trying to improve the situation with a joint effort.
The village of Zdikov, where the OSHub operates through the local secondary school, experiences significant problems with air pollution. Almost 90% of the houses are heated by brown coal, mostly through improper combustion in old boilers. In collaboration with Charles University, the OSHub will perform air quality measurements and initiate public discussion about the results and their health consequences within the local community. Potential solutions of problems will be medialized and will serve as an example for villages with similar problems.