Days of Inclusion 2018: Let’s Help the School to Give Wings to Our Children

Over 50% increase of motivation for learning and 20% decrease of absences if the whole community participates in the learning process show data of Centre for Inclusive Education
Days of Inclusion 2018 start today – a campaign of Centre for Inclusive Education which annually draws the public attention to key challenges to Bulgarian school. The focus of this year’s campaign, organized under the motto “Give Them Wings”, is on the support, which the whole community – family, business and institutions could provide to the school, so it could fulfill its key mission – to give wings to our children.

Even minimum participation of the community to the school process leads to signinficant results, clearly show the results of the Centre for Inclusive Education’s activities. Only after one year activities within School Makes Sense programme, Centre for Inclusive Education reports increase of 50% of the motivation of participating children. As a result of the programme aiming at including the community to the school process through the presentation of different professions, the class absences have decreased by 20% compared to the same period last year.

 “We all know that the school can give children wings - and we all have similar expectations to the Bulgarian school. But we rarely think that it can not do this alone, Iva Boneva, Executive Director of the Center for Inclusive Education, said at the start of the campaign.” "This is why this year, with Days of Inclusion, we would like to encourage, on one hand, the whole community - families, businesses and institutions - to find ways to support their schools. On the other hand, we are challenging schools not to fight on their own, but to increasingly open up to joint projects with their community. "

As part of Days of Inclusion 2018, the exeperts of Centre for Inclusive Education have prepared “10 advices how to support the school” which are giving different ideas for inclusion to school life of anyone who would like to support the work of a school.

In particular, for this year’s Days of Inclusion campaign edition are lanched awards for companies which give wings to the Bulgarian Education. They will honour Bulgarian and International businesses which have supported different educational projects during the pas year.

The campaign also includes 2 contests:

The fisrt one “The Wings of Inclusion 2018” – schools from all over the country are invited to organize their own Day of Inclusion with the participation of families, businesses and institutions. The most interesting events will be awared by the Centre. Its team has prepared several ideas to inspire schools for their fests. Contest applications should be sent at office@cie-bg.eu and the deadline is May 18, 2018.

The second contest “On the Wings of My Dream” invites students from all over the country to imagine and draw, or create and make a photo of their wings and to share their dreams. The Centre will award the most creative paintings/photos. Paintings/photos and short text describing a dream should be sent at office@cie-bg.eu. The deadline is May 18, 2018.

Contest winners will be announced on May 31, 2018 at the Centre for Inclusive Education website: www.cie.bg

The campaign starts with the video “Give Them Wings”, shot by the British Director Stephen Montgomery at 97 Secondary School “Prof. Ivan Shishman”, Sofia and Epam Systems could be seen here: https://www.cie.bg/bg/krila.

Days of Inclusion 2018 are launched for third consecutive year and will continue until May 31, 2018. The campaign is organized with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation.

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.