Partners of Inclusion in the Community

The annual conference of the Centre for Inclusive Education is a forum at which we present the latest topics and developments in the field of inclusive education, both in Bulgaria and abroad, and promote discussions on them.

This year the conference is held with the support of the VELUX Foundations, America for Bulgaria Foundation and UNICEF Bulgaria.

In the field of education, inclusion implies making connections between schools and their surrounding communities. This year we want to show that Bulgarian schools are not alone in their efforts to build up inclusive school environments.

Good examples of school partnerships within communities will be presented: how schools involve partners, what the role of businesses and institutions is at local level. Parallels will be drawn between the Canadian and the Bulgarian experience in attracting external support for schools. Discussion will be held on the findings of studies carried out to establish the link between the viability and efficiency of schools and their adjacent communities.

We all - schools, parents, local communities and the public - want to see quality education in place, which in other words means that children should learn how to understand themselves and the world around them. Therefore our primary goal is not simply to reduce school drop-out rates but rather to help children not drop out of their mind the point of going to school.

When: December 9th, 2017

Where: Sofia, Inter Expo Centre, Vitosha Hall

Preliminary programme:

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.30 Opening

9.30 – 10.00 You Are Not Alone -  Iva Boneva, Executive Director, Centre for Inclusive Education. Why schools are not, and should not be, left alone in their efforts to build inclusive school environment. Presentation.

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.00 Tapping Into Unrealized Potential: The Career Trek Program– Darrell Cole, Founder & CEO  and Lasha Stordeur, Director of Programming, Career Trek Inc. Career Trek supports youth in the Province of Manitoba, helping them to discover the important link between education and professional development. Learn about how Career Trek is Making a Difference in the Lives of Children in Manitoba. Presentation with 20 min. questions and answers session.

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.10 School Makes Sense – How to Attract Partners of the School in the Community. Panel discussion with principals and teachers, partners of School Makes Sense Program and their experience in opening the school towards the community. Panel discussion with 15 min. questions and answers session.

14.10 – 15.20 Support from Professionals in the Community  - the Role of Business. Why professionals are ready to invest in motivating students to continue their education and supporting the building of a viable and active local community. Panel discussion with 15 min. questions and answers session.

15.20 – 15.50 Coffee Break

15.50 – 17.00 Local Institutions – Partners of Inclusion in the Community. Panel discussion with representatives of schools, local institutions and NGOs on how schools and kindergartens could develop fruitful and meaningful partnerships with local authorities and why is important to seek support from the outside. Panel discussion with 15 min. questions and answers session.

Participation fee: 10 EURO
For registration, please contact: Latinka Ducheva at l.ducheva@cie-bg.eu

School Makes Sense

School Makes Sense is our most ambitious cause. We are aiming at 100 schools to join it in 2025, because this is a cause which makes the school to revive again in children hearts and to become special for them.

School Makes Sense creates a bridge which connects the school, the local community and the supportive business environment. By crossing it every day, children integrate knowledge, inspiration and challenges and find their place and contribution to the world.

School Makes Sense motivates children to find themselves, to dream about where they want to be, and we, the people around them – teachers, professionals, mentors and parents to help them to trace their path to achieve their dreams.



One School for All

One School for All is our most encompassing and wide-reaching cause, our raison d’etre. Our ultimate goal is comprehensive introduction and application of the principles of inclusive education.

Inclusive education is a process of changing the school environment based on respect and acceptance of other people. It implies wise management of school processes in a way which makes children feel supported to develop their capacity and to overcome hardships; which makes teachers feel encouraged and confident that they are able to cope with the growing challenges, while parents are able to assume their responsibility and role in partnership with schools.