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Saturday, 19 November 2016 19:15 School of Politics

pregovori_2016The accent of the third day of the National program was the topic “Conflict management and negitiations”. The lecture “Conflict management” was delivered by Mr. Ivelin Nikolov, who is a psychologist and a lecturer in conflict management. Under the guidance of Ms. Albena Komitova, trainer in mediation and member of the National Association of mediators, the trainees took part in a series of simulations on how to convince the opponent to say “yes”. Earlier in the day program included a panel on teamwork.

 
Friday, 18 November 2016 20:13 School of Politics

guri_2016"Only through education we can change the mindset and attitudes of the people." This is what the philanthropist Elvin Guri said to the participants in the National Program “Governing skills”. He was a special guest in the panel “30 minutes with…” Guri and his wife Ralica Again support education initiatives and institutions, among which the American University in Bulgaria, Junior Achievement Bulgaria and “Teach for Bulgaria”. He was a guest, as part of the efforts of the Bulgarian School of Politics to support philanthropy in Bulgaria.

The second day of the national program started with a lecture on the strategic thinking and leadership of change. The topic was delivered by Mr. Vladimir Borachev, who is a lecturer in the EMBA Program of the American University in Bulgaria and certificated coach. The program continued with a session dedicated to effective speaking and persuasive communication. Prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva, who is a university professor in rhetoric, public relations and business communication, talked about models of political speaking and rhetoric skills that captivate the audience. Mr. Miroslav Mavrov, who is a Deputy Chair of the association “Debates”, illustrated the main participation rules in political debates.

 
Thursday, 17 November 2016 19:10 School of Politics

sasha_2016The National Program “Governing skills” 2016/2017 was officially opened by the Executive Director of the Bulgarian school of politics “Dimitry Panitza” Dr. Irina Alexieva in RIU Hotel, Pravets.  40 young leaders from the parliamentary represented political parties and civil sector participate in the Program. In her keynote speech Dr. Alexieva highlighted how important it is to overcome the deficit of leadership both in Bulgaria and in the EU. She stressed the importance of leadership to be put on strong moral principles. The day continued with an icebreaker game, an “Expectations and Concerns” session and small group work. The first lecture in the program was delivered by the Chair of the BSoP`s Managing Board Ms. Sasha Bezuhanova. She provided a macro view of the key challenges in the world and also stressed the importance of morality in politics.

 
Thursday, 10 November 2016 19:18 School of Politics

strasbourg_2016From 7 to 9 November twenty three young political and civic leaders from the National Program 2016 of the Bulgarian School of Politics took part in the World Forum for Democracy in Strasburg. The event was entitled “Democracy and Education” and was organized by the Council of Europe.

Over 500 representatives of the Network of the Schools of Political Studies under the auspices of the Council of Europe, among them Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania, Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Albania, Belarus, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece, Turkey and the Visegrad School, participated in the Forum.

In parallel with the Forum’s program, there was a series of events of the Network of the Schools of Political Studies at the Council of Europe.

The participants from the Bulgarian School visited the European Court of Human Rights and met the Bulgarian judge Mr. Yonko Grozev. They also had a meeting with the Permanent Representative for Bulgaria in the Council of Europe Ms. Katya Todorova, who invated them to the Bulgarian residency in Strasbourg.

During their visit in Strasbourg, the representatives of the Bulgarian School of Politics offered flowers to the memorial bust of Dimitar Peshev, which is located in the building of the Council of Europe. In this way, they commemorated his contribution for saving 50 thousands Bulgarian Jews during the Second World War.

 
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 19:19 School of Politics

veneta_2016Ms. Veneta Ilieva, Alumna of the Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”, presented the final product of of the Summer Academy for Strengthening Democracy in the Euro-Med Region between Bulgaria, Tunisia and Morocco at the World Forum for Democracy, organized by the Council of Europe. The Summer Academy took place in Sofia in may 2016. At the World Forum on Democracy Ms. Ilieva ​​participated in a lab dedicated to the activities of the SPS network. She talked about 5 days efforts of the 21 participants from the Summer Academy and presented their proposed measures on education and democracy, as well as the vision for the region, if these measures will be implemented.

 
Saturday, 29 October 2016 19:08 School of Politics

zastypnicheski_kampaniiRepresentatives from different cohorts of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" were trained how to effectively organize advocacy campaigns on children policies and social causes. The training was on 29 October and the trainers were Ms. Tsveta Brestnichka, Chair of the Board of the „Roditeli“ Assosiation and Ms. Desislava Baneva, expert in group dynamics.

During the training, the participants were introduced to the basic principles of the planning and organization of an advocacy campaigns. They trained to create an advocacy campaign on a special case study, developed for the training.

The training "Advocacy campaigns on children policies and social causes " was within the project "Inspiring Others, Generating Change and Transforming Society – Philanthropy as a Core Value of the Leaders", financed by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The event was supported by the Oak Foundation as well.

 
Monday, 24 October 2016 13:38 Велизар Георгиев
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The state of a democracy can be judged by the rights of women. The participants in the round table dedicated to empowering women in the public and political life in Morocco, organized by the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" with the International Organisation of La Francophonie's support, united around this idea. Over 50 participants took part in the event: representatives of women's groups of all parliamentary represented political parties, ambassadors of over 10 countries, representatives of the European Commission in Rabat and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, major non-governmental organizations working in the country, the Citizen School for Political Studies in Morocco, as well as alumni of the Summer Academy for Strengthening Democracy in the Euro-Med Region. Jossour was the local non-governmental organisation that promoted the event.

Dr. Irina Alexieva, the executive director of the BSoP, opened the forum in a crowded auditorium in Rabat. "The purpose of today's meeting is to outline the knowledge and skills which will empower women in Morocco to participate in the public and political life", she said. The Bulgarian ambassador to Morocco, H.E. Boryana Simeonova, greeted the participants in the forum. "The presence of Moroccan women is becoming more and more noticeable and unavoidable but there is still much to be done", ambassador Simeonova declared and confirmed Bulgaria's support for the democratic process in Morocco. In the following three-hour discussion the participants shared the main issues and challenges they faced and underlined the need for trainings and acquiring knowledge and skills that would allow them to have a more active role in public life. "We should not stand idle after this year's general elections and instead start working towards our rights and the women in Morocco should be convinced to go out and vote in the next elections", the participants in the forum said. They expressed their expectation for the Bulgarian School of Politics' training programmes to start being effectively implemented in Morocco starting next year.

 
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 19:21 School of Politics

berlin_forum_201614 representatives from different cohorts of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" participated in the The second Berlin Forum: “In Search of Lost Universalism”. The event was organised by the Association of Schools of Political Studies and was held in Berlin on 17-18 October 2016.

The Forum brought together leading cultural figures, experts, representatives of European think tanks, international journalists and alumni of the Schools to address key democratic challenges facing Europe today and to suggest ways of promoting solidarity among young people to combat the current crisis.

The forum was attended by over 200 young public leaders from almost 40 countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK and the USA.

Many discussions in different formats covered, among others, topics such as Security vs. Freedom, Politics of Memory and History, Nationalism and Migration, War and Peace, Corruption, Rule of law and civic education.

Keynote addresses were made by the President of the Association of Schools of Political Studies and former Secretary General of the Council of Europe Catherine Lalumière, German politician and former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bundestag Ruprecht Polenz, the first Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Alvaro Gil-Robles, Director of Policy Planning of the Council of Europe Matjaž Gruden, the Founder of the School of Civic Education in Moscow Yuri Senokosov, and other prominent speakers.

 

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