National celebrations of anniversaries of John Amos Comenius 2020-2022

National celebrations of anniversaries of John Amos Comenius are a three-years long project realized in cooperation with UNESCO with the aim to remember Comenius‘ legacy for the 21st century. The project is framed by two significant anniversaries – the 350th anniversary of Comenius‘ death, in 2020 and the 430th anniversary of his birt, in 2022.

A working group, selected and appointed by the Minister of Education, and consisting of academy scholars, museum specialists and experts from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports had been entrusted with the preparation of the National celebrations. The director of National Pedagogical Museum and Library of J. A. Comenius (NPMC), PhDr. Markéta Pánková became the coordinator of the venture. The core of the celebrations is constituted by activities of memory institutions in the form of expositions, exhibitions and programmes for the general public. Engaged in these activities organized in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, are Czech memory institutions – NPMC, National Museum,  Moravian Provincial Museum, Comenius Museum in Uherský Brod and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Foreign museums, too, will take part in the celebrations – Comenius Museum in Naarden (the Netherlands) and the Regional Museum in Leszno (Poland).

The celebrations opened on September 2nd, 2019 in the Pantheon of National Museum in Prague.

A unified visual style using the motives of the above mentioned years and a picture of Comenius, was created for the presentation and communication of the celebrations. Within their framework a competition campaign „Comenius to classrooms!“ is under way, when pupils and students paint portraits of Comenius, thus making him „present“ in their schools and classrooms respectively.

Part of the celebrations is an interactive exhibition in the National Pedagogical Museum of J. A. Comenius entitled COMenius in COMics, open till the end of June 2021.