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  • 11th RCE Global Conference: Education for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Europe Regionoal RCE Meeting 2019 will take part in Heraklion
  • European RCE meeting

What are we?

RCE Czechia is currently a community of 22 partners - Czech universities, schools, non-governmental organizations, representatives of local government and small-scale entrepreneurs - who aim to build a culture of sustainability and involve citizens in democratic processes.

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RCE Mission

RCE Czechia aims to support incremental changes towards sustainability in formal and informal education using a step-by-step approach. Thus, small and achievable steps will be planned and realized cooperatively or individually by RCE members in educational praxis, based on their existing experiences and capacities.

RCE Objective: To facilitate a community of practice dedicated to integrating authentic education based on real life experiences into all levels of (formal and informal) education, to embed culture into the model of sustainability for the CR and to engage citizens and residents of the CR in sustainability in order to strengthen democratization.  

RCE Czechia will play a role in:

  • serving as a “clearing house” where different “knowledge holders” can meet and exchange experiences, with benefits for all involved
  • identifying meaningful real-life knowledge and experiences that are important for understanding of the basic assets for sustainable living, in its economic, environmental, cultural and social dimension (e.g. on local business side)
  • providing support for sustainable activities and lifestyles – e.g exploiting traditions of natural and cultural handicraft and developing skills for developing local economies
  • sharing these experiences from the “world of work” with school children and other groups which are confronted mainly with abstract school knowledge, or rather romantic experiences with nature
  • supporting creativity and other skills that are necessary to find individual paths within the general framework for sustainable life

Short and Long Term Objectives:

Short-term objectives

  • Build on the existing networks and partnerships to solidify a coherent community of practice based on shared goals.
  • Expand and involve other institutions and actors
  • Develop collaboration with other RCEs for mutual learning and exchange of good practice
  • Develop a web-based platform for promoting dialogue among the partners and others interested in embedding sustainability in the CR.
  • Social learning processes: As the voices of all involved partners as well as other interested institutions should be heard and recognized by all others, attention will be paid to social learning processes.

Long-term objectives

  • Develop a model for support and application of sustainable lifestyles in the Czech cultural context, including traditional local knowledge and practices, and sustainable use of natural and cultural assets to develop local economies.
  • Reach recognition at national level and consequently serve as a national model of sustainability oriented cooperation of diverse stakeholders. As this will be the first RCE in the Czech Republic, it is hoped that other similar RCEs will be consequently generated (originated newly or by splitting of the RCE Czechia). Through the involvement of the applicant in the government structures, it is hoped that the implemented strategies might receive a systemic character (be incorporated in SD oriented governmental strategies).
  • Accelerate the transformation process toward education for ESD
  • Encourage the acceptance of the equal importance of the four pillars of sustainability in the political, local government, academic and NGO sectors
  • Raise public awareness and action about the key sustainability issues in Czech regions, especially as it concerns threatened biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, desertification, and traditional knowledge for a sustainable way of life in the region
  • Support democratic processes by encouraging engagement with the above issues.


Team members


Jana Dlouhá

Main coordinator

Jiří Dlouhý

Technical coordinator

RCE Vision

RCEs aspire to translate global objectives into the context of the local communities in which they operate. RCEs are committed to further generating, accelerating and mainstreaming ESD by implementing the Global Action Program on ESD and by contributing to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

RCE Mission

RCEs help prepare local leaders of tomorrow with the tools and information they need to make smart and sustainable choices for the future. RCE efforts encourage innovation and new approaches to sustainable development. They translate existing knowledge into concrete actions and empower individuals to make sustainable choices for themselves and their communities

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RCE Stakeholders

​RCE’s involve a multitude of stakeholders. These include school teachers, higher education professors, environmental NGOs, scientists, researchers, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, local government officials, representatives of local enterprises, volunteers, media, civic associations or individuals who work in the spheres of sustainable development (economic growth, social development, and environmental protection), and students and learners at every level.