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BFPA is part of the training of young volunteers of the “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” Association.

Group photoPlovdiv, October 20-21, 2018

On October 20th and 21st at the Expo hotel in Plovdiv, took place the first two-day youth volunteer training of the “Big Brother, Big Sister” association’s “First encounters” campaign
The campaign aims to create a team of motivated young people who will be working with children and young people from several institutions of closed type in Plovdiv using the peer-to-peer method. Through the prism of the interactive educational methods the volunteers will inform them on topics from the field of health and sexuality education will introduce them to basic human rights and will also work together on prevention of aggression and hate speech. The campaign’s goal is to increase the self-awareness of marginalized young people as far as to underline their emotional and physical world is untouchable and to develop their ability to identify relationships in which violence and risk could potentially arise. The main strategy of the educational program is building self-esteem, equality and empathy through acquiring knowledge, skills and asserting constructive attitudes.

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Ambassador Deyana Kostadinova was elected for co-chairperson of the Regional conference for reviewing of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action at UNECE

PanelGeneva, October 1-2, 2018

Ambassador Deyana Kostadinova, permanent representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations and other international institutions in Geneva, was elected for a co-chairperson of the Regional conference for reviewing of the implementation of the Programme of Action at the UN Conference on Population and Development. The event took place on October 1-2, 2018 in Geneva. Electing Bulgaria for a joint chair is an acknowledgment for the effort of the country including civil society organizations regarding policies for youth, social inclusion and human rights.

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BFPA is a part of a national platform for preventing violence against children –“Childhood without violence” Coalition

PanelSofia, September 12, 2018

On September 12th at the Quill Literary club in Sofia was announced the creation of a large scale national platform to combat the violence against children – “Childhood without violence” Coalition. 19 civil society organizations and experts who have worked for years for prevention of violence against children and its consequences, united for joint actions, provoked by the lack of advancement in state policies and practices, the lack of shared understanding in society and the deepening of the problem in the last years. The members of the “Childhood without violence” Coalition aim for the Coalition to become a major platform working for zero tolerance for violence against children which includes members from all aspects of society – civil society organizations, parents and citizens, institutions, business, media. 
The platform envisages advocacy work with institutions for legislative changes and ensuring sustainable public services and measures for protecting children from violence, conducting researches, developing instruments for identifying and alerting for children at risk, which are to be used by different specialists – social workers, teachers, medical doctors and health workers, policemen, etc.

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BFPA supports the new educational video of Loveguide “Ob/Gyn examination”

Sofia, August 8, 2018

The latest video from our friends and partners from Loveguide is about the Ob/Gyn examination. When do you go for a gynecological examination? Why, how and how often? When you have symptoms or for prophylaxis? Alone or with a friend/companion? Do virgins go to the gynecologist? We from BFPA were happy to help with those and the other answers of the questions in the video. And if you need an examination or a consultation with a specialist you can follow the advice in the video and contact us. We wish you a good and smart summer!

 

 

A successful end of the “Journalists in School” campaign of Valya Krushkina Fund, connected this year with the “How to identify fake news” video

LogoSofia and the country, July 17, 2018

The largest edition of the “Journalists in School” initiative 2018 is over. 2470 students from 38 schools and 34 cities all over the country participated in it. In total, 21 prominent journalists, connected to the “Valya Krushkina-journalism for the people” awards entered the classrooms to show the young people how to recognize fake news, why it’s important to be active citizens and what it’s like to be a journalist. BFPA has supported the campaign ever since its first edition.
The meetings began with the educational video “Fake news and how to identify them”. Thanks to it and the following conversation, the students acquired skills to identify fake news and also the knowledge how to check whether news is fake.
During the meetings the journalists demonstrated to the young people why it’s important to participate in their community’s activities and convinced them that the change in the environment is up to them. That way the conversations about the media situation in Bulgaria stimulated the students to be active citizens.

                                                  
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BPID organizes Informational Days on Sustainable Development throughout the country in June-August 2018

SDG logoSofia, July 12, 2018

The Bulgarian Platform for International Development of which BFPA is an active founding member and coordinating organization, hosts Informational Days in all 28 regional centers in Bulgaria. Each meeting is part of the activities under the “Civil Dialogue for Development” project. It is implemented by BPID with the financial support of the European Commission and aims to contribute to increasing information and engagement in regard of implementing UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the role of the EU in this process as well as about Bulgarian commitment. The focus of the informational activities is on implementation of   the commitments by the Bulgarian government specifically for Goal 3 – Good Health, Goal 4 – Quality Education, Goal 5 – Gender Equality and Goal 16 – Peace and Prosperity.

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BFPA at the Annual Meeting of the National Network of Children

Group photoTryavna, June 14-16, 2018

Active inclusion of parents, changing the principle of delegated budgets, later start of the work time in schools, more physical activities, integrating of interactive approaches of working, individual approach and special efforts for early professional orientation... only part of the suggestions, given by the participants in the frame of the session of the thematic working group ‘Education’ on question asked by the organizers: ‘What would you change in the system of education today?’
One of the discussions during the event put in the focus of attention the question: is video tracking really needed in the kindergarten and schools and aren’t the harms from such an initiative bigger for the children, than the expected benefits concerning preventing of violence. The Network is to going out with a position against installation of video cameras in the classrooms, in which to reasonably expose arguments in support of work to build trust as a better and working alternative to the idea to install observation equipment.
The participants in the Annual Meeting had opportunity to listen, discuss and express opinions on different topics of the Network. The principle of child participation had been respected with involving young people from the organizations members; the youth network ‘Megaphone’ and the National Eurochild Forum.

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My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

 
The Learning action partnership was introduced to Safenet’s Cyber Scout Programme

Sofia, August 24, 2020

“I’m a 15-year old boy, in the ninth grade. Recently I met a girl in the social networks. After chatting a few days in Skype, we turned on cameras, send saucy pictures…. Now it transpires the girl is not a girl at all, I was recorded and being blackmailed, for money, for more pictures, otherwise the recordings will be made widely public. What do I do to get out of this situation?”
Another case:
“I’m in the sixth grade. A classmate who is a Facebook friend of our history teacher downloaded her picture and made her a professional profile in a porn site. What do I do, how do I react?”
The two cases are just a small part of the one-day training on the Cyber Scout programme for internet safety and online security for the members of the Learning action partnership (LAP). We talked about online bullying, online sexual exploitation, about the ways we should react, what rules apply, what is allowed and effective… We review different cases – from a threat from a pedophile regarding the security of a child to an innocent at first exchange between friends which escalates to online harassment that can have serious and long-term consequences for the victim’s life and mentality.

 
Capacity building in the fields of communication and advocacy

Dolna Banya, August 20-22, 2020

For three days – from August 20 to 22, 2020 BFPA’s team and Board together with representatives of key partners of the Association gathered at a outside-the-box work meeting in Dolna Banya. The public relations and civic law spepcialists Diana Damyanova and Ivana Murdjeva shared with the participants important accents of their professional expertise which are significant for better understanding the public environment as well as for communicating our messages.
The goal of the event was to analyze the needs of our target groups and of the environment we work in, bearing in mind the challenges for the NGO sector and the specificities in communicating with different audiences in order to be more successful when working in ”our” niche – health prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health. A short historical overview of the legislative environment and key normative documents was made.

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