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Journalists in school

Q and ABulgaria, June 6 – 11 2016

On June 6th kicked off the “Journalists in school” initiative, which is a part of the activities of the “Valya Krushkina” Fund – at the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF). BFPA has actively supported the Fund since its establishing in 2012. Students from 16 schools in 13 Bulgarian cities will meet face to face with famous Bulgarian journalists who are connected with the “Valya Krushkina – journalism for the people” award – award winners, jury members and members of the “Valya Krushkina Fund” Public Council. 
“Journalists in school” is a meeting, at which the students ask and the journalists answer.
“What is it like being a journalist in Bulgaria”?
“Who warrants the objectivity of our media”?
“How does one become a journalist?””
“What is investigative journalism?” and a lot more questions that are of interest for the adolescents.

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Reverse your vision!

Reverse 1Sofia, June 3 2016

From the 3rd to the 17th of June in the Kristal Garden in Sofia you can see a special exhibition – “REVERSE YOUR VISION”. It’s dedicated to the Scholarship programme for Roma medical students which for a ninth year is giving the chance to young educated and highly motivated Roma young people to develop further their knowledge and professional experience in the field of healthcare.
The camera flips the images upside down, the same is with the human eye and our brain turns them around and puts them “right side up”. Prejudice is in our heads and they change the way we perceive the world.
Are we ready to reverse our concepts in order to “see people as they really are”?

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Improving the Organizational Policies of BFPA on Child Protection

OAK LogoPresentationSofia, April 25-26, 2016

Educational training for supported by OAK Foundation organizations on Developing and Improving Organizational Policies and Procedures for Internal Protection of the Child took place at 25 and 26 April 2016 in Sofia. The participants worked in groups for за improving organizational standards for child protection so that to guarantee the safety of children they work with directly and indirectly. The purpose of the workshop was to improve the knowledge and understanding on child abuse and the requirements for internal protection.

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Report card 2016: What is the average grade of the government for child related policies? graded the institutions 3.28

PanelSofia, April 20 2016

For a fifth consecutive year the National Network for Children presented its annual report “Report card 2016: What is the average grade of the government for child related policies?”. After presenting it to the institutions on April 15th, at a meeting of the Advisory Board of the State Child Protection Agency (SCPA), on April 20th  at the “Peroto” club, the Report card was presented to partners, media and the public. For the first time it was presented simultaneously in 8 regions of Bulgaria. The document aims to review the progress of the implementation of over 20 engagements towards children that the government has undertaken. The Report card evaluates five of them:  General principles of the Declaration of the rights of the Child; Family and alternative care; Healthcare; Education and Justice, plus one additional - child and youth participation. The NNC report comes in two versions – popular – for the public, including children, and expert – meant for specialists and institutions.

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Despite! - Tenth edition of ForumKEY

THE HAT! Sofia, April 9 2016

On April 9, 2016 the stage of the Independent Theatre was the place where the 10th edition of ForumKEY happened. The eight event lectors explained with a lot of vigor and passion how a person can make good ideas come to life against all odds - public limitations, prejudice and lack of governmental support. Each presentation was memorable in its own way, and what happened during the breaks was no less interesting. A person can be successful and happy and do good despite any obstacle.

In the last few years the forum gained popularity among a wide circle of people within and without the NGO sector and is known as the Bulgarian equivalent of the TED conferences. The organizers of “Key”, though, point out the difference that their presentations are based entirely on examples from Bulgaria.

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Commemorating April 8th – the day for commemorating the Roma who died during the Holocaust

Group photoSofia, April 7-8 2016

On April 7–8 – the day of commemoration of the Roma who died during the Holocaust, the Roma medical students and their mentors gathered for a meeting in Sofia, organized by the Open Society Institute. The meeting started with the launch of the short film “Dreamroads”, showing a snapshot of the RHSP in Bulgaria. The film was shot at the end of August during the advocacy camp of the students in Veliko Turnovo. You can see students, their mentors and some events from the main components of the program – scholarship, mentorship, advocacy and media publicity. BFPA is one of the organizations that supported the making and dissemination of the film - you can see our logo at the end. Under the article there is a link to the film uploaded on You Tube with English subtitles.

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Working Group to Fight Violence Among and Against Children

PanelSofia, 22 March 2016

The Parliamentarian Commission for interaction with NGOs and citizens initiated and held on 22 March 2016 a round table in the Narioanl Assembly on violence and aggression among and against children. The event was organized in cooperation with the National Network for Children, whose member is the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), and gathered members of Parliament, representatives of state institutions and NGOs. The deputy minister of Justice Virginia Micheva and the National ombudsman Maya Manolova also participated in the meeting.

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Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Exploitation of Children

Sofia, November 13, 2019

Another meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on November 13, 2019 in Sofia. This is, at the same time, the first LAP meting under the project “The Ability to Change”, that builds upon a previous project “The art to inform”. The members of the group discussed opportunities to unite efforts of different organizations and institutions for advocating in area of working on prevention and on cases, connected with sexual exploitation of children. One of the main goals of LAP during the next years is to have significant contribution towards zero tolerance in the society concerning sexual exploitation of children. Numerous initiatives are to come, such as capacity building trainings as well as development and implementation of pilot small projects and field initiatives.
The work of the Partnership is supported by the OAK Foundation.

 
First coordination meeting for the “I want to know” project

 

 

 

Sofia, November 8-9, 2019

On November 8 in Sofia coordinators and service providers  from  BFPA branches in the country  gathered for an initial training about the activities of the two-year “I want to Know” project, financed by Viiv Heakthcare. The discussions included the project activities, the time schedule, target groups and access to them, specificities of working with marginalized groups, identifying the locations for each voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) action. Each coordinator made a prediction of the project activities they could do until the end of 2019 and all received the necessary informational printed materials. Individual risk assessment of the vulnerable communities and optimizing the work of BFPA  in-country were the main discussion topic during the second day of the meeting.

 
Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

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