The winners of the DZS Awards have been announced. Exceptional projects financed through DZS programmes were recognized.
The nominees were able to compete in seven categories. Unlike previous years, the categories did not reflect individual educational programmes but educational priorities. We are responding to the efforts of the European Commission and Strategy 2030+ to focus on topics crucial for the development of education. Projects therefore competed in these categories: inclusion and diversity, ecological sustainability, digitalisation, participation, flexibility, innovation, and internationalisation. A special award category was also created for individual international students who studied in Czechia and individual Czech students who studied abroad.
“The DZS awards are the annual showcase of the best projects in international education. It makes me very happy that we see so many exceptional projects every year. It is a proof that there are countless organisations, institutions and individuals who have the interest and the will to work on making education better,” said Michal Uhl, Director of the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) on the significance of the awards.
The successful projects were nominated by DZS representatives who have followed the projects from the submission until the final report. From the final count of 61 nominated projects, 33 went on to the final round, where 25 committee members chose a winner of each category. The awards were presented by Peter Gazdík, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Deputy Minister Václav Velčovský, Director of Czech Centers Ondřej Černý, Director of NPI Ivo Jupa and other notable representatives of the field of education.
"It’s wonderful to see how many schools and other organisations are striving to contribute to the internationalisation of education in the Czech Republic, follow trends and apply new methods. I consider programs of international education to be an essential tool in reaching the goals of Strategy 2030+. I want to thank everyone who, thanks for them, are driving the Czech educational system forward," said Petr Gazdík, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports at the ceremony.