Klára Laurencíková

Ashoka Fellow
Prague, Czech Republic
Fellow Since 2015


This profile was prepared when Klára Laurencíková was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Klara is challenging public perceptions and segregation patterns in Czech society by building up a movement of inclusion advocates and role models representing all stakeholders in education. She is orchestrating a choir of voices including educators, parents, students, policymakers, activists and more, who embrace educational inclusion, the practice of all students regardless of background or disability learning together, as the entry point to a broader school transformation endeavor. Through Klara’s leadership, these diverse groups have come together to advocate for and implement reform efforts, serving as multipliers, implementing practical pro-inclusion methods and tools in schools, teacher training institutions and in policy circles. Through these means the movement assembles a system in which every child, regardless of their social, racial, economic background or health conditions, can find a supportive and friendly environment in their local school and develop their educational potential together with other children.

Although there are a few inclusion advocates and role-models already, but they are often unheard, disconnected and therefore of little influence on the system. In order to utilize these existing networks while innovating and maximizing impact, Klara acts as a synapse central for the change towards in inclusive education in the following ways: she works on strengthening each group of advocates and role-models from all stakeholder sides, equips them with evidence that she is carefully collecting in the data hub (the first of its kind in Central Europe), ensures that the experiences and voices of children are incorporated at various levels of the movement, and weaves omnidirectional communication platforms among stakeholders. Klára creates linkages and partnerships among different interest groups, parents and teachers, alumni and students, activists and government agencies, etc. The combination of evidence-based reform proposals, broad scale (and well-orchestrated) pro-inclusion voices and skillful networking and lobbying have already yielded some significant legislation changes and are now aimed at mainstreaming those changes in their application and public perception for achieving true systems change.
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