Approximately 30 practitioners and decision makers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Romania and Slovenia gathered in Bucharest on November 16th to assess the level of implementation of the recommendations agreed in Sofia (December 2016) in the field of GDE (Global Development Education) policy and curricula development, pedagogical support and advocacy, in accordance with Zagreb Congress strategic recommendations.
During the meeting participants reviewed the state of advancement of the recommendations established at the regional seminar in Sofia through three sessions dedicated to policy making and curriculum development; professional development of educators and quality support; awareness raising and pedagogical tools.
The Bulgarian representative (Mrs Petranka Fileva from United Nations Association of Bulgaria) pointed that not too many changes had taken place since the regional GDE seminar in Sofia. There was a chance for further developments within the framework of Bulgaria’s current Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as the national NGDO platform BPID received European funding to implement a presidency project. In addition, as part of European projects, there have been several academic conferences and local and regional projects to promote GE. The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union provided an opportunity for development cooperation in creating a strategy for the next few years from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is a new structural problem at the ministerial level because of the new Education Law – at the moment GE is not covered by the Bulgarian Education Law, even if some pedagogical elements are present in the curricula. This led to the lack of success of institutionalizing GE and obtaining more academic coverage. There is a clear need to further develop intercultural studies, global studies, and so on. At the moment, in the academic framework, there are very few courses on matters related to G E (environmental and civic studies) with limited number of hours allocated for them (32 h/year).
More information, please check the full report at https://rm.coe.int/report-see-med-regional-seminar-follow-up-meeting-bucharest-16-11-2017/1680779f57