The Czech School Without Borders (CSWBL) in London is a non-profit organization which provides primary education, in the Czech language for Czech-speaking children living in the UK, complementing the compulsory schooling that they obtain in the United Kingdom. The school was originally founded as a small art club for Czech-speaking pre-school children in October 2007. Since then the school has been officially accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education but most importantly more than 200 children who attend classes and workshops on a weekly basis and their Czech-speaking parents create one of the largest active Czech communities living abroad in the world. In 2009 the organization was registered as the Company with a limited guarantee and in 2012 as the Charity.
All classes are specifically tailored for bilingual children and structured in accordance with the Czech Ministry of Education´s Framework Education equipping children with general knowledge as well as knowledge of Czech language, literature, history and geography. Classes take place every Saturday morning (during term times) in the London Borough of Islington or every Wednesday as an after-school club, Czech Through Play, in Harpenden, Herts. In addition to all regular classes, there is a variety of non-curricular activities – workshops and events – throughout the year to boost the usage of the Czech language.
The CSWBL aims to educate a new Czech-speaking generation brought up in the UK who will not only be able to read and write in Czech but will also feel a sense of belonging to the Czech nation and the Czech Republic.
A Company Limited by Guarantee, no 7323697
Registered Charity Number 1151158