Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jan Amos Komenský

Jan Amos Komenský (John Amos Comenius) was a teacher, educator, philosopher, and writer.  He is considered by many to be the father of modern education.  He was born in Moravia in 1592 and died in 1670.

He believed in universal education, to include women and poor children.  Comenius was the innovator who first introduced pictorial textbooks.  He wrote texts in Czech instead of in Latin and supported learning via logical thinking instead of only via route memorization.

On the 200 Kč banknote (~$10)
On 28 March, each year, his birthday is celebrated as Teacher's Day in Czechland and Slovakia.  But it's not a pubic holiday

In 1919, Czechoslovakia founded Comenius University in Bratislava.  In 2001, Comenius University opened in Prague.

UNESCO Comenius Medal
In 1992, UNESCO established the Jan Amos Comenius Medal to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth.  It is one of UNESCO's most prestigious awards and his given to educators who have made a significant contribution to educational research.
The Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic and UNESCO established the Jan Amos Comenius Medal in 1992 on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the great education.

The Medal, one of UNESCO’s most prestigious awards, is intended to acknowledge the work of those educators who have made a significant contribution to the development or renewal of education. More precisely, it is designed to reward outstanding achievements in the fields of educational research and innovation
- See more at: http://www.ibe.unesco.org/en/areas-of-action/international-conference-on-education-ice/comenius-medal.html#sthash.twlLy2ca.dpuf
The Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic and UNESCO established the Jan Amos Comenius Medal in 1992 on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the great education.

The Medal, one of UNESCO’s most prestigious awards, is intended to acknowledge the work of those educators who have made a significant contribution to the development or renewal of education. More precisely, it is designed to reward outstanding achievements in the fields of educational research and innovation
- See more at: http://www.ibe.unesco.org/en/areas-of-action/international-conference-on-education-ice/comenius-medal.html#sthash.twlLy2ca.dpuf

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