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|Project:||Getting to Know! Pilot Introduction of Development Education in the Formal Education System in Bulgaria|
|Program Area:||Mental Health and Development Assistance|
|Date:||Jan 2010 - Dec 2012|
Getting to Know! is a three-year joint initiative of six of the Bulgarian non-governmental development organization (NGDO) platform founders. The project aims to contribute to the process of delivering development aid (DA) by activating a clear mechanism for integrating a global development dimension in the curriculum of the education system in Bulgaria. The methods implemented in the project will allow children and young people to explore global links by participating in activities and classes organized in schools and universities. Toolkits will be prepared, which will present a clear rationale for bringing in global perspectives in the thematic context of the educational curricula.
The initiative seeks to raise awareness of a number of global development issues including the environment and third-world issues such as poverty, gender inequality etc. by promoting education for development as an important component of the educational curricula in Bulgaria. The action will accomplish this by mustering the support of the academic institutions, schools, policymakers and media in making people (with focus on young) aware of the nature and causes of underdevelopment in the world and about what needs to be done to bring about change in relation to the imbalance in wealth between rich and poor countries.
Upon its accession to the EU on 1 January 2007, Bulgaria undertook commitments with respect to its involvement in the EU policy on development cooperation, and joint actions vis-ŕ-vis third countries. This means that Bulgaria is about to change from a recipient of international aid into donor of such aid to developing countries, within its experience and potential. At a number of thematic fora during its pre-accession period, Bulgaria expressed its readiness to try to contribute financially through ODA to combating poverty: with a targeted contribution of 0.17% of its GNP by 2010 and 0.33% of the GNP by 2015. On 19 July 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria adopted Decision 504, with which it endorsed a Concept on the Policy of Bulgaria for participation in the international development cooperation. The Concept sets the main trends for decision-making in the cited area; presents development cooperation in an international and European context, and the experience accumulated by Bulgaria in this sphere so far; formulates the main elements of the future Bulgarian policy of development cooperation, including in the context of the EU policy: goals, objectives, principles, geographic and sectoral priorities, financing, administrative and organizational aspects, etc.
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