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EPALE

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

 
 

National Support Service - Bulgaria

National Support Service - Bulgaria
Address: 

Ministry of Education and Science

Address: 

2A Knyaz Dondukov Blvd.

1000, Sofia

Bulgaria

Phone: 
00359 2 424 11 14
Email: 
epale@mon.bg
  • The organisation
  • Work programme
  • The team
  • Adult Learning in the country
  • National Stakeholders

The functions of a National Support Service to the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) in Bulgaria are carried out by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES).

The Minister of Education and Science implements the state policy and develops a strategy for the development of the education and science in accordance with the European policy. The Minister of Education and Science also:

  • Organizes the development and implementation of the national programs for development of the secondary and higher education and programs for training and retraining;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the national programs and projects for scientific research and development of the scientific potential according to the trends of development of science in the country and abroad;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the social policy on the issues related to employment and income levels in the field of education and science;
  • Manages and organizes the implementation and functioning of the information technologies in the education and science;
  • Organizes the activities of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014 - 2020";
  • Represents the Republic of Bulgaria at the conclusion of international agreements for cooperation in the field of education and science and coordinates their implementation within the delegated by the Council of Ministers competences;

The Ministry of Education and Science is the National Coordinator for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Bulgaria.

In 2017 and 2018 the National Support Service for EPALE (NSS) in Bulgaria shall pursue the following objectives:

  • Promotion of the active participation in the platform of the professional community in the adult learning sector;
  • Provision of high quality content in the multilingual, dynamic and innovative EPALE platform.

The EPALE target group are the professionals who formulate and assess the adult learning policy, including those who organize, fund or deliver adult education and learning, namely:

  • Politicians and experts from governmental institutions, developing and implementing policies in the field of education, employment, social inclusion, culture, etc.;
  • Organizations for adult education and learning (schools, training centers, NGOs, cultural institutions, etc.) and the educators working at them;
  • Universities / research institutions and organizations;
  • Municipal administrations and local authorities;
  • Media / journalists.

NSS – Bulgaria will carry out the following activities:

  1. Promotion of the platform, attracting and involving users

In the framework of this work package, the primary activities to be organized by the NSS are, as follows:

  • two information stands for promotion of EPALE, in October 2017 and October 2018, respectively;
  • two regional conferences and four round tables for discussion of priority topics in the adult learning sector; as well as four discussion panels in the social networks or on the website of the national coordinator;
  • information seminar for journalists of regional and local media;
  • a competition for the best photograph on the EPALE topic;
  • creation of a video clip with the message “Join us”;
  • enhancement and support of the profiles of EPALE in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, including conducting a marketing campaign;
  • National closing forum at the end of 2018.

  1. Contribution to the platform’s content

To ensure the quality of the materials published on the platform an editorial board of members of the National Support Service will be set up. To be published on a monthly basis: at least five resources, two events for the calendar, one blog article and four news. Links to the published materials will be provided in 24 monthly bulletins.

In the spring of 2017 four trainings will be organized aimed at encouraging teachers/trainers of adults to create content. The best “small stories” written by learners will be published in EPALE.

  1. Animation of online communities and interactive sections

On the last Thursday of every month NSS will hold virtual consultancies for use of the platform (a virtual classroom). Additionally, a specialized online form will be designed for requesting further advice for the various stakeholders, as well as a permanent forum will be organized on the website of the National Coordinator for implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning.

Animated banners will be placed on the official websites of at least 50 institutions and organizations on regional and local level for direct connection with the EPALE platform.

  1. Support of the webpage of the NSS

The information in the “Adult training in the country” section of the webpage of NSS – EPALE will be updated in June 2017 and June 2018. Files will be published with videos in Bulgarian and English language for promotion of the platforms, series of clips in Bulgarian illustrating the use of the EPALE platform, the rules and requirements for participation in the competition for the best photograph, the monthly newsletters of the NSS.

  1. Support of multilingualism

In support of multilingualism NSS will provide translation from Bulgarian into foreign languages of at least 20 materials (resources and blog articles).

72 blog articles will be translated into Bulgarian throughout the project duration, many content resources, as well as all newsletters of the EPALE Central Support Service

NSS Bulgaria will participate actively in the joint implementation of EPALE by proposing new ideas and initiatives for topics/discussions through groups, blogs or other actions of EPALE.

EPALE National Support Service

Bulgaria

Valentina Deykova – Leader of the project - v.deikova@mon.bg

Zhuliyan Gochev – Promotion of the platform, organization of events and cooperation with other organizations - zulijangochev@abv.bg

Iliana Taneva – Provision of content and translations - i.taneva@mon.bg

Rumyana Kostadinova – Provision of content and participation in the implementation of the National Communication Strategy - r.kostadinova@mon.bg

Vania Tividosheva - translation of buletins, providing multylingualism - v.tividosheva@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Мaya Slavova -  providing multylingualism - m.slavova@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Dobromir Popov - ICT expert - d.popov@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Мaria Todorova - mtodorova@mon.bg

Diana Traykova - d.traikova@mon.bg

Emilia Nikolova - Komitska - e.nikolova@mon.bg

Katya Stanoeva - Administrative issues - k.stanoeva@mon.bg

The Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria stipulates the right of all Bulgarian citizens to continuously improving their education and upskilling, regardless of their age.

Completion of primary and secondary education, incl. simultaneous attainment of secondary education and vocational qualification is free of charge for all adult learners.

Conditions are ensured for validation of knowledge, skills and competences achieved through non-formal and/or informal learning, as well as based on professional and/or practical experience.

Equal access is guaranteed for detainees (prisoners) to educational, training and qualification activities comprising of: general and vocational education and training, social education, literacy and vocational courses focused on the illiterate.

Adult education and learning takes place under different forms: daily, evening, part-time, individual, informal, distance.

Adult training is conducted at different institutions: evening schools, vocational secondary schools and colleges, schools with the correctional facilities (prisons), community centers, libraries, museums, etc.

In 2017 the educational structure of the population aged 25-64 години continued improving following a clear trend of increasing number and proportion of people with higher education and a parallel decrease in the number and proportion of people with basic education. In the past 5 years the relative share of people with basic and lower education dropped by 1 percentage point from 18,2% (2013) to reach 17,2% in 2017. At the same time the relative share of people with higher education is increasing and from 25.6% for 2013 reached 27.8% for 2017.

The progress in the degree of adult participation in educational activities (formal and/or informal education and training) in the past two years has been rather modest. According to data of the European “Labour Force Survey” the adult (25-64 years’ old) participation in learning in 2016 and 2017 was 2,2% and 2,3% respectively, or an annual increase of just 0,1 percentage point. The set target value in the National Life-Long Learning Strategy for the year 2020 is 5% adult participation in learning of the population age 25-64. This means that Bulgaria is not progressing toward the set strategic goal for 2020 at the necessary rate and is unlikely to reach it.

According to EC data (Eurostat) the EU member states’ average proportion of early school drop-outs (or ESD) in the period 2008 – 2017 indicated a constant and steady downward trend – from 14,7% in 2008 to 10,6% in 2017, approaching the target value of 10,0% (Figure 4). In the period 2008 – 2011 the share of early school drop-outs in Bulgaria reduced substantially from 14,8% to 11,8%, or by 3 percentage points in 3 years. Since 2011 the trend reversed negatively, and the value of this indicator increased from 11,8 for 2011 to 13,8% for 2016. For the first time in the past 5 years the indicator value registered a positive change according to NSI data and in 2017 reduced to 12,7%, or by 1,1 percentage points.

In 2017 the employment rate of the people age 20-64 increased significantly by 3.6 percentage points compared to the previous year and reached 71.3% (Figure 13). The achieved employment rate is higher than the rate in the previous period (70.7% in 2008) and approximates the goal set in the Strategy Bulgaria 2020 (76%), which is higher than the EU goal by 1 percentage point.

A major problem for securing the progress in the adult learning sector is the interaction between the stakeholders. During the last several years, in the framework of the EU project “National Coordinators for Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme” the efforts have been targeted at the formation of a coordinated policy on a national level and building sustainable mechanisms for local and regional initiation and management of adult education and learning policies. A national platform 2020 has been set up “United for Adult Learning” which includes: the National coordination group for lifelong learning, the municipal coordinators for adult learning, the National network of institutions for adult education and training.

The main strategic document formulating the objectives and impact areas for development of the adult learning sector in Bulgaria is the “National Strategy for Lifelong Learning for the period 2014 - 2020“:

http://www.mon.bg/?go=page&pageId=74&subpageId=143

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The Employment Agency (EA)

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2.

The Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA)

The Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA) is a nationally represented employers' organization in Bulgaria. Established in 1996, it has a serious authority in the business community, the social partnership and in the public as a whole.

3.

The Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP)

The Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP) is a non-governmental, voluntary, independent, non-political non-profit association, founded in September 2001.

4.

The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA)

The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) is a nationally represented employers' organization, established on 25 April 1980. It participates in the system of social dialogue at national and international level, where it defends the interests of the Bulgarian business when changes in the legislation and administrative practices take place.

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The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) (established in 1895) is a nationally represented employers' organization, which supports, promotes, represents and protects the economic interests of its members, contributing to the development of international economic cooperation and assisting for the European and international integration of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISSK – BAS)

The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISSK – BAS) was established in July 2010 by the General Assembly of the Academy as a successor to the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Institute of Sociology and the Center for Science Studies and History of Science.

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The Institute for Social Integration (ISI)

The Institute for Social Integration (ISI) is an NGO established in 2002. Leading experts are amongst its founders - sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, lawyers, diplomats, economists, journalists. What unites them is the importance of the problems of integration and disintegration in our society; the topics of overcoming the social and economic disruption, alienation and social vulnerability. The main aspects of the work of the Institute are: trainings, research and scientific work, monitoring, discussion forums and publishing activities.

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Confederation of Labour Podkrepa (CL Podkrepa)

Confederation of Labour Podkrepa (CL Podkrepa) is a nationally represented organization of employees in Bulgaria. Full members of the CL Podkrepa are national federations and national unions, as well as regional trade unions.

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The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB)

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) is a nationally represented organization of employees, being the largest public organization in Bulgaria. It has more than 350 000 Bulgarian employees and has its own collective management bodies.

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The Confederation of the Employers and Industrials in Bulgaria (CEIBG)

The Confederation of the Employers and Industrials in Bulgaria (CEIBG) is a nationally represented employers' organization, which unites more than 10 500 companies, collective and individual members. The mission of CEIBG is to be effective in improving the business climate in the country; to assist its members in sharing best business practices; to increase the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy.

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Ministry of Agriculture and Food

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAF) implements the state policy in the field of agricultural science and  vocational education and training in agriculture.

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Ministry of Economy and Energy

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Ministry of Culture

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Ministry of Youth and Sports

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Ministry of Education and Science

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Ministry of Defence

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Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

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National Agency for Vocational Education and Training

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National Institute for Education and Training in the Education System

The National Institute for Education and Training in the Education System supports the implementation of the government policy in the sphere of secondary education.

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The National Youth Forum

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The National Statistical Institute

The National Statistical Institute (NSI) carries out the statistical activities of the state by conducting periodic and one-off statistical surveys included in the National Statistical Programme.

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Sofia Municipality

Sofia Municipality (SM) is the largest municipality in Bulgaria with a population of 1,302,316 people. 

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Centre for Human Resources Development

The Centre for Human Resources Development (HRDC) organizes, consults, coordinates and carries out projects and studies in the field of education, vocational education and training, labor market and human resources in Bulgaria.