The Research Institute of Education in Prague is a ministerial research institute of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and is its directly managed establishment. The institute was founded in 1957 as a legal successor to the J.A. Comenius Research Institute of Education, which had been established through a decree of the President of the Czechoslovak Republic of 27th October 1945.
The Research Institute of Education in Prague (VÚP) is among twenty institutions associated in the CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe). This membership is a very important support for the development of the curriculum in the Czech Republic.
The VÚP´s activities focus on the educational areas of preschool education, elementary education, secondary general education and education of children and young people with special educational needs.
The VÚP´s current activities can be summarized in five points:
- Curricular reform support – the creation, revision and innovation of curricular documents (The Framework Education Programme for Elementary Education, Framework Education Programme for Secondary General Education)
- Project outcomes
- Pedagogic innovation in educational content – methodological support for teachers
- Special long-term assignments
- Government assignments and international activities.
The VÚP operates consultation centers for both the specialised and general public. Specialised employees are provided by telephone, email or personal consultations with professional advice on the problems of the implementation of the Framework Education Programme and its subsequent fine tuning for the individual stages of education – preschool, elementary, upper secondary general and for pupils with special educational needs. Consultations may be provided via phone calls, via e-mails or by a personal interview. The most frequent questions are published on the website.
The Research Institute of Education in Prague Assists Foreigners
From January 2009, any foreigner who wants to acquire a permanent residence permit must pass the examination in Czech Language for Foreigners. In January 2008 the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR therefore charged the Research Institute of Education in Prague with ensuring the operation of the new website “Czech for Foreigners”. Foreign applicants for residency can obtain information on how and where to prepare for the examination in the Czech language, and where the examination can be taken. The website also provides useful links, for example what else is needed for the application for a permanent residence permit. The target group of this website mostly includes Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mongolian, Arabic and French speakers. The Czech Language for Foreigners website has also become popular with teachers and examiners. It contains methodology for the instruction of the Czech language, which has been provided by the Research Institute of Education in Prague free of charge to every school authorised to administer examinations in the Czech Language for Foreigners.