YOU DON’T! HAVE TO ENDURE IT initiative: Czech art school students express their opinions on the inappropriate behavior of their teachers

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A student group called YOU DON’T! HAVE TO ENDURE IT asked students at the theatre faculties DAMU (The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and JAMU (The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno)) to share their study experience in an anonymous survey this April. The answers give testimony and help create a picture about the questionably tolerated inner world of (our) prestigious theatre schools. 

The testimonies were publicly presented on Tuesday 29 June 2021 at 6 p.m. outside the DAMU front door in Karlova Street. The recording of the performance was later made public on the Internet.

On 1 July 2021, the DAMU management, signed by the Dean Karel František Tománek, issued the following statement associated with the activities of the #nemusistovydrzet [youdonthavetoendureit] initiative:

The impulse from the #nemusistovydrzet initiative opens the topic the DAMU management considers extremely serious. Respectable treatment and a non-discriminating healthy climate for all employees and students is a top priority for the DAMU management, which has been in charge since March 2021.

We support the idea of a wide-ranging discussion that would lead to the establishment of the institute of an ombudsman or ethical mediator. We want those who have encountered similar treatment to have clear instructions on what to do without being afraid of the consequences and restrictions.

If the situation – regarding the submitted impulse – requires immediate action, we are ready to deal with the issue with all available means, including cooperation with law enforcement authorities.

For more information (in Czech) please follow:

IG: @nemusistovydrzet