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Sunday, 15 December 2019 21:10 Велизар Георгиев

petq_avramova_sait_2019The Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria opened the second course of the National Program "Governing Skills" for Class 2020 of the Bulgarian School of Politics.

To the representatives of 7 political parties, among whom MPs, a deputy minister, a chairman of a municipal council, municipal councilors and civic leaders, Minister Petya Avramova stressed that politics was not as an end in itself but an activity in public interest, which should always be connected to the citizens. "We need to make sure that people live where their heart is and that they can travel," she stressed.

According to the minister, with the changes in legislation, the implementation of infrastructure projects and the effective management of European programs, the aim is to provide people with a good quality of life everywhere. "For the achievement of this objective under Operational Program "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020 by the end of November this year, 1.5 billion BGN has been paid for projects. 1.6 billion BGN has been provided for the renovation of 39 large and medium-sized Bulgarian cities over the whole period of the program", said Petya Avramova. "This means renovated cities, streets, parks and squares, cultural and historical monuments; Improved social and educational infrastructure, urban transport, hundreds of public and private buildings are already energy efficient", said the Minister. Avramova stressed that 21 road sections with a length of over 343 km worth over 295 million BGN were rehabilitated so far, each of these projects being important to the lives of the people in the region.

The trainees asked many questions the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Petya Avramova. They were interested in the stage of construction of Transport Corridor 8, illegal structures in the ghetto, the idea of a new territorial division and more.

The training during the first day of the second course continued with a lecture on the challenges and risks in front of the local authorities in Bulgaria, where lecturer was the Executive Director of NAMRB Silvia Georgieva. Militza Yordanova from the Council of Ministers administration spoke about the opportunities for Bulgarian municipalities because of our EU membership.

A special guest of Class 2020 during this day was the founder of "Ucha.se" website Darin Madjarov.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 14:38 Велизар Георгиев

diana_kovacheva_sait_2019The Ombudsman Diana Kovacheva was the last guest speaker in the first course of the National Program "Governing Skills". Together with Dimitar Tsvetkov, Director of "TOGETHER" shelter, they spoke about children's rights and the child protection policy in Bulgaria. The topic is the first of a total of three for each cohort of trainees related to child policies that the BSoP has consistently included in its program over the last four years.

The conversation with the National Ombudsman was particularly emotional as it also coincided with the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The document, according to which all children should have the best opportunities for life and development, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20.11.1989 and ratified by Bulgaria in 1991.

To the BSoP's trainees Diana Kovacheva noted that children have almost the whole palette of adult rights and in this sense they are small adults. That is why there are countries where they even consult children when drafting laws related to them. The Ombudsman also said that 300 complaints related to children were received in the first ten months of this year. They are about problems in the family environment and alternative care related to inclusive education and violence. The Ombudsman's institution has the capacity to influence by carrying out checks, giving opinions and making recommendations, coming out with specialized reports, and contacting institutions in person. The main group of children who are always in the Ombudsman's attention are children in institutions and children in formal care.

The BSoP's trainees of Class 2020 asked Diana Kovacheva many questions. After answering them, she did not fail to mention that she was always pleased to return to the Bulgarian School of Politics, which she graduated in 2006.

After the lecture, the freshmen from the National Program received individual homework related to the problems of children on the local level.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:35 Велизар Георгиев

krasimir_velchev_sait_2019The Minister of Education and Science Krasimir Valchev was a special guest of the first course of Class 2020 of the Bulgarian School of Politics. In front of the new trainees - MPs from different political parties, a deputy minister, a chairman of a municipal council, municipal councilors, representatives of various non-governmental organizations and business, Minister Valchev spoke about the challenges facing Bulgarian education.

"Education is a major system that we will rely on in the coming decades," the Minister said, adding that education should make the transition from the classroom system to the future, where new skills will be needed. Krasimir Valchev noted that today's students will be active in the labor market over the next 40-50 years when we enter the era of artificial intelligence, which means not only changes in the way we learn, but also in what we learn.

Minister Valchev also addressed some of the problems in the education system today. According to him, the problem of children not attending school is not only socio-economic but also socio-cultural. At present, all social benefits that can be linked to a child's school attendance are tied, but the challenge to the system remains. One of the reasons is that more and more parents have income from work at home or abroad and do not rely so much on social benefits.

Krasimir Valchev also commented on the problem of the aging of teachers in our country and noted that in the world of global communications, they are expected to be more inspirers, not just knowledge transducers.

In the following discussion, the participants in this year's BSoP's National Program asked Minister Valchev many questions. They were interested in from which budget – municipal or state the funds for the free kindergartens will come, the need for dual education, the need and the opportunities to reduce the number of universities in Bulgaria and others.

Before welcoming the Minister of Education at the end of the third training day of the first course, the trainees listened to lectures and worked on tasks related to crisis and conflict management. Lecturer was Ivelin Nikolov, expert in conflict management and editor-in-chief of the Duma newspaper.

Monday, 18 November 2019 16:09 Велизар Георгиев

ivan_ivanov_2019_saitThe Vice-President of the 43rd National Assembly, a psychologist and a doctor of political sciences Ivan Ivanov, started the second working day of the new cohort of the National Program of the Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP). Dr. Ivanov spoke to the trainees about the power of the individual in political leadership, capturing the audience with examples and comparisons of political life in Bulgaria and abroad.

That it is especially important for the leader to be able to formulate and send messages, became clear from the next speaker in the program – the communication expert Mihail Stefanov. He showed the participants how to write a working message, and later, divided into groups, they tried to do it themselves.

Prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva, Professor of Rhetoric at Sofia University, talked about the options and structures of the public speech.

The trainees in the new cohort of the National Program applied the acquired knowledge by writing in groups of speeches, which they then passionately delivered to all.

Sunday, 17 November 2019 22:09 Велизар Георгиев

slavinski_2019The first day of the first course of the National Program "Governing Skills" ended emotionally for both the trainees and the lecturers. Three prominent Bulgarian public figures and experts in different fields informed the participants in the program about the personality and the life's work of the patron of the Bulgarian School of Politics and its founder Dimitry Panitza.

In a special video interview, the world-renowned physicist and philanthropist Prof. Minko Balkanski talked about his meetings with Dimi.

"Dimi Panitza was an exceptional person. To me he is the most attractive Bulgarian I have ever met outside of Bulgaria. Where something was needed to be done for Bulgaria, Dimi was there. He wanted Bulgaria to be a democratic country in the true sense of the word", Prof. Balkanski said.

The lawyer and a member of the board of the Bulgarian School of Politics, Andrey Delchev, also shared memories of his personal, long-standing acquaintance with Dimitry Panitza. Delchev said that every night Dimi Panitza had talked on the phone with another great Bulgarian - Ivan Stanchov, and their conversation had always begun with the question: "What did you do for Bulgaria today?" With an unhidden emotion in his voice, Delchev spoke about his first meeting with Dimi back in 1991, his great desire and his work Bulgaria to have an American University and a school of politics. He also noted his origins - a wealthy, intelligent family whose property after the changes in Bulgaria he restored and invested in the development of his country by setting up foundations, establishing journalistic awards, supporting orphanages ...

"Dimi Panitza was a modern person who managed to transmit the whole range of our national values over time, to preserve our national virtues," returned the mention of Dimi Panitza and Prof. Antoni Slavinski, Chairman of the Board of the BSoP, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NBU and Minister of Transport and Communications from 1999 to 2001.

Sunday, 17 November 2019 15:28 Велизар Георгиев

cveta_sait_2019"You are in a Very Good Place"

The President of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva opened the new academic year of the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" (BSoP). She addressed the new, 18th Class of the School, with the words: "You are in a very good place."

Mrs. Karayancheva recalled the excitement and anxiety that she herself had experienced while starting studies at the BSoP years ago. With the new 41 participants in the National Program "Governing Skills", she shared that the skills and the knowledge she gained were extremely useful, but the most valuable thing remained the understanding that you can be a friend with the other, even though you are from different political parties or civic organizations.

In front of the current trainees - representatives of civil organizations and members of various political parties, including a Deputy Minister, MPs, a chairman of municipal council, municipal councilors, etc., Tsveta Karayancheva talked about how you can be a good manager and a leader. She went back years ago and gave advice from her experience as an engineer and manager of a manufacturing company and then as a participant in Bulgarian politics for more than 10 years. "Acknowledge your mistakes, encourage your colleagues, be operational," were just some of the tips the National Assembly President gave to the Class of 2020 of the BSoP.

The new trainees were also greeted by the Acting Executive Director of the BSoP Rumyana Grozeva. She noted that over 800 people have already been trained in the National and Regional Programs of the School. "The best part is that these trainings create an atmosphere of friendship," Rumyana Grozeva said.

The first day of the first course continued with a lecture and tests for leadership and strategic thinking of the trainer at the Executive MBA Program of the American University, Vladimir Borachev.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:56 Велизар Георгиев

marocco_2019In July 2019, for a sixth consecutive time, the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza", in partnership with the Citizenship School of Political Studies in Morocco, held a two-day training course for female leaders from the Kingdom of Morocco. The project was funded by the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

The theme of this year's event was related to the search for an answer of the question "Why is the participation of women leaders in politics important?" During the official opening the Executive Director of the BSoP, Ms. Rumyana Grozeva emphasized the importance of the active participation of women in the state management and the implementation of policies related to the introduction of flexible leadership strategies.

The highlight of the welcome speech of the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Yuriy Shterk, was the National Strategy of Bulgaria for equality between women and men and the EU policy in this field. In his speech, Mr. Shterk also praised the progress made by the Moroccan side in this regard.

During the two-day interactive training format, the participants explored the themes of "leadership and leadership styles", "teamwork and leadership competence", "leadership and motivation", "effective communication" and "leadership through the roles of women and men". The sessions were moderated by Ms. Maria Mihailova - organizational psychologist and group psychotherapist.

Guests and speakers at the Forum, held in Rabat, were Mr. Yousef Larash, Director of the Citizenship School of Political Studies in Morocco and Ms. Raja Morzani, a representative of the National Council for Human Rights in Morocco.

The participants in the training program received official diplomas and are now part of the hundreds of BSoP graduates, among whom are members of the two chambers of the Moroccan Parliament, representatives of local authorities, as well as many others on different positions in the public of Morocco.

Saturday, 06 July 2019 15:00 Велизар Георгиев

regional_academy_kovachev_sait27 young leaders who are all alumni of the schools of politics in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro have successfully completed their participation in the Regional Academy "European Perspective for the Western Balkans". The MEP and deputy chairman of the Group of the European People's Party in the European Parliament, Andrey Kovachev, awarded the diplomas during a solemn ceremony. In his speech, he stressed on the importance of the accession of the Balkan countries to the EU and commented on hot issues for the future governance of the Union in the next parliamentary term.

The Academy was held from 2nd to 6th of July. Its main objective was to improve the regional co-operation and connectivity on the Balkan Peninsula, as well as the European integration of the Western Balkans region. The Academy is an initiative of the Bulgarian School of Politics, implemented with the support of the European Endowment for Democracy.


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