Forest kindergardens - mostly NGOs - are part of civil society and, like other nongovernmental organizations, they negotiate with authorities whose approach to NGOs is different. At the state level, it is necessary to communicate a meaningful and uniform interpretation of legislation, which will also leave sufficient space for these public benefit activities. At the regional level, forest kindergardens and clubs face unequal access of some regional institutions. In some regions, there is an administrative impossibility of establishing forest kindergartens / clubs and the operation of existing ones is complicated. Children thus have unequal opportunities in accessing this desired form of innovative education.
The aim of the project is to unify and develop good legislative and administrative conditions for the establishment and operation of NGOs operating forest kindergardens and clubs and thus support this form of education.
Implementation period: 1 March 2020 - 29 February 2024
Estimated amount of support: CZK 4 896 000
The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. It promotes respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. Active Citizens Fund came to the Czech Republic in September 2019 with the goal to support CSOs regardless of their size and experience. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, Committee of Good Will - the Olga Havel Foundation and Scout Institute.
The Active Citizens Fund is financed from EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021. With EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. One of the important objectives of the programme is strengthening bilateral cooperation between donor and beneficiary states through financial contributions in specified priority sectors. It supports bilateral relations between the donor states Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic.