National Support Service - Bulgaria

National Support Service - Bulgaria

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National Support Service - Bulgaria

Organisation

 

The functions of a National Support Service to the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) in Bulgaria are carried out by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES).

The Minister of Education and Science implements the state policy and develops a strategy for the development of the education and science in accordance with the European policy. The Minister of Education and Science also:

  • Organizes the development and implementation of the national programs for development of the secondary and higher education and programs for training and retraining;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the national programs and projects for scientific research and development of the scientific potential according to the trends of development of science in the country and abroad;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the social policy on the issues related to employment and income levels in the field of education and science;
  • Manages and organizes the implementation and functioning of the information technologies in the education and science;
  • Organizes the activities of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014 - 2020";
  • Represents the Republic of Bulgaria at the conclusion of international agreements for cooperation in the field of education and science and coordinates their implementation within the delegated by the Council of Ministers competences;

The Ministry of Education and Science is the National Coordinator for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Bulgaria.

In 2019 and 2020, the National Support Service for EPALE (NSS) in Bulgaria will carry out the following activities: 1.    Promotion of the platform, attracting and involving users Within this work package, NSS will organise the following activities: -    Development of EPALE.bg – 50% increase in the number of institutions by the end of the period; -    Organisation of events to promote EPALE - 5 workshops, 2 information stands, an outreach seminar for journalists, a national and a European conference; -    Promotion of the platform at 10 events organised by other institutions and organisations; -    Dissemination of information and publicity material; -    Cooperation with the Bulgarian Erasmus+ National Agency (HRDC) and the national coordinator for adult learning. 2.    Contribution to the platform’s content The following activities will be carried out to ensure the quality of the materials published and the availability of the required content: -    Conducting a customer content needs analysis survey; -    Preparing rules and criteria for the quality of the content published and setting up an editorial board; -    Creating and uploading content to the platform: 60 content resources, 60 blog articles, 60 news items, 60 events; -    Preparing 24 monthly newsletters. 3.    Participation in the joint implementation of EPALE   -    Supporting NSS in providing answers to Bulgaria-related questions; -    Rendering (technical) assistance to users; -    Participation in the usability tests; -    Proposing new ideas and initiatives, proposing topics/discussions to be developed within EPALE through groups, blogs or other activities. 4.    Animation of online communities and interactive sections -    Managing NSS’s profiles in Facebook, Twitter and Google+ https://www.facebook.com/EPALE.BG/ https://twitter.com/epale_bulgaria https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiP-f08YfDoxxFuejBOsi2A -    Placing animated banners on the official websites of institutions and organisations for direct connection with the platform; -    Organising 3 webinars for EPALE ambassadors; -    Providing video streaming of the events – conferences and workshops. 5.    Support of the webpage of the NSS The key information in the national webpage will be updated by April 2019. The information in the “Adult training in the country” section will be updated in June 2019 and June 2020. The content in the webpage of NSS will be translated in the 6 principal languages of EPALE. 6.    Support of multilingualism In support of multilingualism, NSS will provide translation of resources and blog articles from Bulgarian into foreign languages and from foreign languages into Bulgaria. Priority will be given to blog articles on the monthly topics of EPALE. An overall review of the European adult learning glossary will be undertaken.

EPALE National Support Service

Bulgaria

 

Valentina Deykova – Leader of the project - v.deikova@mon.bg

Zhuliyan Gochev – Promotion of the platform, organization of events and cooperation with other organizations - zulijangochev@abv.bg

Yumer Kodjayumer –  Provision of resources - y.kodjayumer@mon.bg

Vania Tividosheva - translation of buletins, providing multylingualism - v.tividosheva@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Мaya Slavova -  providing multylingualism - m.slavova@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Dobromir Popov - ICT expert - d.popov@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Alexandar Popov - Provision of resources - a.popov@mon.bg (link sends e-mail)

Diana Traykova - d.traikova@mon.bg

Emilia Nikolova - Komitska - e.nikolova@mon.bg

Katya Stanoeva - Administrative issues - k.stanoeva@mon.bg

Severina Dimitrova  - s.dimitrova@mon.bg

The Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria regulates the right of all Bulgarian citizens to continuously improve their education and qualification, regardless of their age.

Acquisition of primary and secondary education, incl. the simultaneous acquisition of secondary education and vocational qualification is free of charge for all adult learners.

Conditions are provided for validation of knowledge, skills and competencies acquired through non-formal and / or informal learning, as well as on the basis of professional and / or practical experience.

Detainees (prisoners) are guaranteed equal access to educational, training and qualification activities consisting of general and vocational education and training, social education, literacy and vocational courses targeting the illiterate.

Adult education and training is carried out in different forms: day, evening, part-time, individual, informal, distance.

Adult learning is conducted in various institutions: evening schools, vocational high schools and colleges, vocational training centres, schools at prisons, community centres (chitalishta), libraries, museums, etc.

In 2019, the lifelong learning sector registers both positive and negative developments.

In 2019, the process of annual improvement of the educational structure of the population in active working age - 25 - 64 years was interrupted in respect of the three main levels of education. The share of persons with higher education, which is 28.1% for 2019, decreased by 0.1 percentage points compared to 2018, the share of people with secondary education also decreased. At the same time, compared to 2018, the share of persons with primary and lower education increased by 0.1 percentage points and this represents an insignificant deterioration of the educational structure as a whole. Over the past seven years, the relative share of the population with primary and lower education decreased by 0.7 percentage points - from 18.2% in 2013 to 17.5% in 2019, and the share of persons with secondary education decreased respectively from 56.3 % to 54.3%. During that period, the relative share of persons with higher education increased, from 25.6% in 2013 to 28.1% in 2019. In recent years, the share of persons with higher and secondary education in Bulgaria (taken together) - 82.5%, remains significantly above the EU average (78.7%). Our country ranks 13th among the 28 EU Member States on this indicator.

Progress in the level of adult participation in learning activities (formal and / or non-formal education and training) over the last five years has been very modest, with an average annual increase of around 0.1 percentage points. In 2019, the trend deteriorated as the share of adults (25 - 64 years) who participated in learning was 2.0%, or there was a return to the 2013 level.

The review of the participants in formal or non-formal education and training in the past five years, broken down by age group, shows that the group of young people aged 25 to 34 is the most active, the participation rate of the population aged 35 – 44 years is significantly lower, and the level of participation of people aged 45+ is even lower and does not meet the need of training that improves their knowledge and skills in a dynamic and developing economic environment.

According to Eurostat data, in the period 2013 - 2019 the share of early school leavers aged 18-24 increased significantly - from 12.5 to 13.9%.

The share of young people aged 15 – 29 not in education, employment or training (NEET) decreased by 1,4 pp. This decline is due more to economic growth and the associated increase in employment among young people, rather than to their participation in the education and training system.

The data for the indicator “Employment of persons aged 20-34, who recently attained tertiary or secondary education” show that in 2019 Bulgaria exceeded the threshold of 80% share of those who started work 1-3 years after attaining secondary or tertiary education.

In 2019, employment among people aged 20-64 increased significantly - by 2.6 percentage points compared to the previous year, to 75.0%. in 2019. In the past year employment in Bulgaria already exceeds the EU average by 1.1 percentage points.

In order to address the problems in the adult learning sector and to make progress within the project “National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Adult Learning Program”, co-financed by the EU Erasmus + Program, efforts are being made to develop a coordinated policy at the national level and to build sustainable mechanisms for local and regional initiation and management of adult education and training policies. National Platform 2020 “United for Adult Learning” has been established, which includes: the National Lifelong Learning Coordination Group, the Regional Adult Learning Coordinators, the National Network of Adult Education and Training Institutions.

The main strategic document for development of the Bulgarian adult learning sector is the National Lifelong Learning Strategy, 2014-2020: http://www.mon.bg/?go=page&pageId=74&subpageId=143

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Institution/

organization

website/e-mail

profile

1.

The Employment Agency (EA)

 

 

The Employment Agency is an Executive Agency at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and implements the state policy for increasing the employment.

 

 

2.

The Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA)

 

 

The Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA) is a nationally represented employers' organization in Bulgaria. Established in 1996, it has a serious authority in the business community, the social partnership and in the public as a whole.

 

3.

The Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP)

 

 

 

The Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP) is a non-governmental, voluntary, independent, non-political non-profit association, founded in September 2001.

 

 

4.

 

The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA)

 

 

 

The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) is a nationally represented employers' organization, established on 25 April 1980. It participates in the system of social dialogue at national and international level, where it defends the interests of the Bulgarian business when changes in the legislation and administrative practices take place.

 

5.

 

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)

 

 

 

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) (established in 1895) is a nationally represented employers' organization, which supports, promotes, represents and protects the economic interests of its members, contributing to the development of international economic cooperation and assisting for the European and international integration of the Republic of Bulgaria.

 

6.

 

The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISSK – BAS)

 

 

The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISSK – BAS) was established in July 2010 by the General Assembly of the Academy as a successor to the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Institute of Sociology and the Center for Science Studies and History of Science.

7.

 

The Institute for Social Integration (ISI)

 

 

 

The Institute for Social Integration (ISI) is an NGO established in 2002. Leading experts are amongst its founders - sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, lawyers, diplomats, economists, journalists. What unites them is the importance of the problems of integration and disintegration in our society; the topics of overcoming the social and economic disruption, alienation and social vulnerability. The main aspects of the work of the Institute are: trainings, research and scientific work, monitoring, discussion forums and publishing activities.

 

8.

Confederation of Labour Podkrepa (CL Podkrepa)

 

 

Confederation of Labour Podkrepa (CL Podkrepa) is a nationally represented organization of employees in Bulgaria. Full members of the CL Podkrepa are national federations and national unions, as well as regional trade unions.

 

9.

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB)

 

 

 

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) is a nationally represented organization of employees, being the largest public organization in Bulgaria. It has more than 350 000 Bulgarian employees and has its own collective management bodies.

 

 

10.

The Confederation of the Employers and Industrials in Bulgaria (CEIBG)

 

 

The Confederation of the Employers and Industrials in Bulgaria (CEIBG) is a nationally represented employers' organization, which unites more than 10 500 companies, collective and individual members. The mission of CEIBG is to be effective in improving the business climate in the country; to assist its members in sharing best business practices; to increase the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy.

 

11.

 

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

 

 

 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAF) implements the state policy in the field of agricultural science and  vocational education and training in agriculture.

 

12.

 

Ministry of Economy and Energy

 

 

 

The Ministry of Economy and Energy (MEE) develops, organizes, coordinates and monitors the implementation of state policy in the field of economy, energy and tourism.

 

13.

 

Ministry of Culture

 

 

 

The Ministry of Culture (MC) develops, organizes, coordinates and monitors the implementation of the state policy in the field of culture.

 

14.

 

Ministry of Youth and Sports

 

 

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) carries out the state policy in the field of youth, sport and social tourism.

15.

Ministry of Education and Science

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) implements the state policy in the field of education and science. It develops and takes care of the implementation of concepts, strategies, programs and plans, in accordance with the national and European practice in the field of pre-school education, general education, vocational education and training, higher education and life-long learning. There are 28 Regional Education Inspectorates (territorial structures) responsible for the management and control of the state policy in the field of education on a local level. The Ministry of Education and Science is a National Coordinator for Adult Learning and National Support Service of EPALE.

 

 

 

16.

Ministry of Defence

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is responsible for the implementation of the state policy in the field of defense.

17.

Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

 

 

 

The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) implements the state policy in the field of labour market, training of the workforce and integration of disadvantaged groups into the labor market.

 

 

18.

National Agency for Vocational Education and Training

 

 

The National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET) is a state authority for licensing the activities in the vocational education and training system and coordination of the institutions involved in vocational guidance, training and education.

 

19.

National Institute for Education and Training in the Education System

 

 

The National Institute for Education and Training in the Education System supports the implementation of the government policy in the sphere of secondary education.

 

20.

 

The National Youth Forum

 

 

 

 

The National Youth Forum (NYF) is the largest formal platform of youth organizations in Bulgaria, uniting 35 non-governmental youth organizations.

 

 

21.

The National Statistical Institute

 

 

The National Statistical Institute (NSI) carries out the statistical activities of the state by conducting periodic and one-off statistical surveys included in the National Statistical Programme.

 

22.

 

Sofia Municipality

 

 

 

 

Sofia Municipality (SM) is the largest municipality in Bulgaria with a population of 1,302,316 people. 

 

 

23.

Centre for Human Resources Development

 

 

The Centre for Human Resources Development (HRDC) organizes, consults, coordinates and carries out projects and studies in the field of education, vocational education and training, labor market and human resources in Bulgaria.

 

Address
Ministry of Education and Science

Address: 

2A Knyaz Dondukov Blvd.

1000, Sofia

Bulgaria

Phone
00359 2 424 11 11
Email
epale@mon.bg