The FAMU Ombudswoman is an independent person who is not a teacher at FAMU, she is an advisor to the Dean of FAMU and the Rector of AMU, and through her work she creates space for confidential assistance to students, employees of FAMU. Her mission is to co-create a safe and fair studying and working environment, support diversity and improve the accessibility of studies for students with special needs. In her activity, she focuses primarily on mediation and other adequate methods of resolving disputes and complaints with a view to protecting students, teachers and other employees. With her activity, she contributes towards developing FAMU’s internal culture and fair and democratic operation.
The FAMU Ombudswoman is currently operating in a preparatory, pilot mode.
Mgr. Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková is a specialty teacher, the Head of the Czech Society for Inclusive Education, an expert in charge of the children’s mental health agenda at the Ministry of Health, and lectures at the Department of Special Education of Charles University’s Faculty of Education. She is the Chair of the Government Committee for Children’s Rights, a member of the Government Council for Human Rights, a member of the Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and a member of Charles University’s Education 21 think tank. She has worked as a Deputy Minister of Education, a consultant to the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, an employee at the Jedlička Institute and schools catering to children with health disabilities, and at Caritas Czech Republic. She also worked at the Ministry of Education as the Head of the Department for Equal Opportunities in Education.
She has broadened her international horizons with many foreign study trips focusing on mapping educational and social systems. She was a member of the expert team of an European Commissioner during the preparation of the Social Investment Package strategy. In recognition of her support to systemic changes in the field of inclusive education, she became an Ashoka Fellow in a global network of social innovators in 2016 and in 2019 she earned the Olga Havlová Foundation Award for promoting the quality and openness of educational systems.
The Ombudswoman's office hours will be canceled during the summer holidays. However, consultations with the Ombudswoman will still be possible, by individual agreement via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org