Conference on "The role of the community in the implementation of reforms in education and social sphere"

Date of event: 
15 Nov 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Dr. Antoaneta Mateeva
Dr. Galina Markova
Valentina Simeonova
Know-How Center for Alternative Child Care
The European Commission in Bulgaria, Sofia 1000, 124 Rakovski Str
Type of event: 
Deadline for registration: 
15 Nov 2018

The political transition in Bulgaria has caused social, economic, and demographic changes that ruin the ties of trust in the community. Lack of trust deprives people living in it of the support they need to develop. This process, called anomie, leads to an escalation of aggression among people and their isolation.

The aim of the conference is to present emerged and emerging models that reinstate the capacity of the community to offer an environment for the development of children and families.

We invite both NGOs that are active and invest in community development, as well as representatives of the government, local government, the school community and social services to participate in the conference.

Conducting the conference will help to gather experience and knowledge and provoke a discussion that reflects the challenges and opportunities for community development through new models and approaches to social work.

Event Program:

10.00 – 10.30: Registration and Coffee

10.30 – 12.30: Opening – Team of Know-How Centre, New Bulgarian University

PANEL 1: Policies, Reforms and Communities

Communities and Policies: Prof. Evgeniy Dainov, NBU

Action Research (Изследване в хода на действие) as a means of strengthening communities: Prof. Andy Bilson, School of Social Work, Care and Community, Unversity of Central Lancashire, UK

Social trauma and community development: Dr. Rumen Petrov, NBU


Panel speaker: Dr. Galina Markova, Know-How Center, NBU

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00: PANEL 2: Education reform and the role of the community

The reform of education - the school as a community: Greta Gancheva, MES

Creating communities in school - a tool for the prevention of violence: Malina Slavova, Association "Chance and Protection", Haskovo

Research and community development: the experience of the Know-How Center in IT, professional communities and ethnically excluded communities: Galina Markova, Arso Ganev, Know-How Center, NBU

How the school creates communities: Iva Boneva, Center for Inclusive Education

Panel speaker: Valentina Simeonova, Know-How Center, NBU

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00 – PANEL 3: Reform in the social sphere and the role of the community

Deinstitutionalization and community development: Georgi Simeonov, "Hope and Homes for Children - Bulgaria"

Youth Communities Against Violence: The Role of the PULS Foundation - Ekaterina Veleva, PULSE Foundation

Mobile Approach for Social Work in the Community: Ilian Rizov, Association "Sauchastie" („Co-Participation”), Varna

Strategic investment in community development: Iliana Nikolova, Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation

Panel speaker: Dr Antoaneta Mateeva, Know-How Center, NBU



Know-How Center, the NBU is planning a next meeting on the topic of community development on January 31, 2019.

Participation in the conference is done via application. Please fill out the request on the Know-How Center website, NBU or contact us at or on tel: +359 882 941 728

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This project is funded by: