A traditional meeting of representatives of cities, towns and regions and partner organizations from all over the Czech Republic, the Healthy Cities Spring School took place in Dacice on the first spring day, the 21st March 2018, bringing together more than 130 participants. The key topics of the introductory seminar included funds information, quality of local authorities, sustainable development, culture, clean mobility, social housing, youth internet safety, care for the youngest children, GDPR etc.
The official welcome and the presentation of Dacice Healthy City, its history and current activities were given by its Mayor Karel Macku. It was followed by an inspirational presentation on the use of media with the aim of promoting a Healthy City.
At national level, the representatives of various ministries explored topics such as the latest calls of the EU Operational Programme Employment aimed at territorial self-governing units, the Covenant of Mayors, quality of public administration support and the Regional Development Strategy of the Czech Republic 2021+.
After the presentation of recent events and the wide portfolio of Healthy Cities services, the session focused on the topic of culture. Two innovative methodologies for culture planning were presented. The first methodology looks at the evaluation of cultural organizations of a city. The outcome is a user-friendly tool aimed at developing cultural organizations of cities effectively, defining their goals and evaluating the results of their work. The second methodology deals with how culture is reflected on the “map”, or, more precisely, in the territorial planning documentation. Jihlava and Litomerice Healthy Cities were awarded the Good Practice Stamp Prize for pilot-testing of these methodologies.
The following days of the Spring School were devoted to three parallel intensive training sessions on the following topics: communication with the public, dealing with difficult negotiations, the Fundamentals and the system of Healthy City and LA21 programmes - all training sessions involved hands-on skills training, including a set of methodological recommendations and practical examples. The final day was devoted to practical training in using the Healthy Cities information system called Dataplan, and to the use of social networks in Healthy Cities.
The photos and more information about the event are available on www.nszm.cz/js2018.