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Peer educators from BFPA represented Bulgaria on a conference organized by EU institutions

Peer educatorsBrussels, June 27-29, 2017

Ellie Svetoslavova and Maggie Vasilovska, two of the peer educators of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), represented our country in the institutions of the European Union in Brussels, where EU Fundamental Right Agency (FRA) together with the Maltese Presidency of the EU and the nongovernmental organization Eurochild presented the FRA’s Annual Report 2017.
17 children and young people from different European countries participated in the meeting, discussing and questioning topics such as child poverty, social exclusion, migration and child and youth participation. Along with them, as their mentor and supporting person, was Dr. Krasimir Romanov – the coordinator of the BFPA’s branch in Pleven.
For the first time children from 9 different countries had the opportunity to participate in that kind of event and to meet and discuss together with MEPs, ministers from different national governments, ombudsmen, members of European Council and international institutions for human rights.

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Annual Meeting of BFPA

IPPF_logoGroup photoVarshetz, June 16-18, 2017

The Annual Meeting of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual OAK LogoHealth Association (BFPA), the country branches of the organization, its partners, members of the Board and volunteers took place at June 16-18, 2017 in Varshetz. The agenda included review of what has been done, successes and challenges of each one of the participants in his/her work connected with BFPA during the last year. Current and future potential partnerships, perspectives for development and strategies to plan future activities, as well as new developments of current projects and sources of financing.

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The Shared Knowledge. Peer to Peer Training of Trainers, part three

OAK LogoGroup photoVarshetz, June 15-16, 2017

Third, last part of the peer education for this scholar year. One of the exercises made was via brainstorming the participants to give examples for social norms – one good and one bad or outlived its time. The young people concluded that the social norms actually have a mutual root with our prejudices. „Run away from here, shorty” – said the pharmacist when teenagers want to buy condoms; when you have older sister or brother and you have to listen to her/him just because they are older, when you say to boys “Do not behave like a girl, it is male stuff” – are a small part of the given as examples of bad social norms. The handshake of athletes at the end of the match; reading in public places when you are alone, to smile while saying Hi, to collect your dog’s poo - are part of the examples of good standards.

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About health education and development policies

OAK LogoPresentationSliven, May 18-20, 2017
Lovech, May 31 - June 2, 2017

Sliven, “Sava Dobroplodni” city library – May 18-20 2017, Lovech, “Presidium” Hotel – May 31 – June 2, 2017. A joint effort of  BFPA, BPID – the Bulgarian Platform for International Development, Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE), UN Youth Club, Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation (GERT) and Global Libraries. We educate the librarians from libraries and community centres (chitalishta) first from North, then from South Bulgaria in the field of global education, in the context of UN’s sustainable development goals. Our part – BFPA’s task, is mainly in the field of health education, interactive teaching techniques, equal opportunities.

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Final Conference of the Project Mission Possible

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Sofia, April 20, 2017

- How can I advocate or help your advocacy efforts to have the salaries of health mediators increased?
- How could we promote more successfully the information about activities we are doing?
- What should we do to help teachers who want to get mor info on health and sexuality education?
These and many other questions were asked by participants at the final conference under the  project Mission Possible of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) implemented in partnership with the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM).
The event took place in Sofia on April 20, 2017 and presented summarized results of the health services, educational activities, products and deliverables, including difficulties and specificities of fieldwork in marginalized communities.
Health specialists, health mediators directly engaged in projects’ activities in all 14 locations, representatives of municipalities and partnering organizations of BFPA and NNHM participated.
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Learning Action Partnership: Efforts for Guaranteed Sustainability

Sofia, February 12, 2020

The first for 2020 meeting of the Learning Action Partnership took place in Sofia on February 12, 2020. The agenda included review of activities done on project up to the moment, fixing of concrete future activities and defining small working groups for the different strategic directions.
Representatives of organizations and institutions who participated shared their working plans and the possibility of inclusion of other LAP members in joint activities. Part of the feedback was connected with the increase of fake news, including on priorities of the Partnership. The atmosphere of the event was businesslike, but with extremely well expressed solidarity and good collaboration feeling. In the debates during the meeting important actual topics were covered, such as increasing media and digital literacy of children and challenges, which we are meeting in our work with teachers with long practice on certain age and with burnout. Forming network of children and young people with innovative model of managing was discussed, which will aim decreasing the aggression of children under residential care. How to focus our work so that the efforts put to have guaranteed sustainability; science and research approach and regional and national level partnerships; the need to work together to change the environment – were among topics discussed during the event.

 
Most significant change: Documenting stories

Dolna Banya, January 24-26, 2020

On January 26-28 BFPA organized a meeting of the teams working on the project „My body, my rights” from Sofia, Yambol and Montana. Representatives of the three locations shared their experiences from the implemented field activities. We discussed problems which health mediators, self-help group members and their partners face and paid special attention on possible ways and strategies for solving. Participants put accent on good practices that had been identified up to the moment. It was the perfect time to watch and discuss several videos, showing the fieldwork as well as image “memes” with messages, which show benefits of family planning.
Participants gave feedback also for the freshly prepared Manual for self-support groups and for the Health application for mobile devices, which will be useful in the future work on the project and after its ending. Divided into groups by locations the participants from Sofia, Yambol and Montana worked on possible ways of documenting stories for the most significant change of people’s lives as result of the work of project teams and health specialists.

 
Start of the second edition of the Sofia Health Education Academy

Sofia, December 16, 2019

After a successful and intense first year during which the first batch of alumni peer educators of the Sofia Health Education Academy got skills and knowledge which they are already sharing with their peers, we started the second academic year. In this process the BFPA team works with valuable partners – the PIST Directorate of Sofia Municipality, the National Centre for Public Health and Analyses with MoH (NCPHA) and the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth (BRCY)
During the academic 2018-2019 teams of young people from 1st High school, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design, supported by their school psychologists underwent an intensive training program and at the end of the education received certificates and demonstrated their abilities in front of schoolmates, parents and teachers.

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