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of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

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The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission officially launched the pilot project "Science Meets Regions / Parliaments" in which the city of Sofia participates

On 06th and 07th February 2019 in Brussels was held the conference "Science Meets Regions / Parliaments - The Role of Science in 21st Century Policy-Making". The event was organized in connection with the official launch of the Joint Research Centre’s pilot project in partnership with the Committee of the Regions to organize a number of events in European cities to improve communication between academics and policy-makers as well as the provision of validated research information on key themes for decision-makers.

During the event, there were also lectures on the impact of artificial intelligence and cyber security on society, as well as parallel workshops where participants actively shared their plans for meeting their responsibilities to organize events in their countries and cities.

A representative of the "Sofia Development Association” took part in the meetings and learnt about the methodology and specifics of the requirements for the organization of an innovation camp in Sofia within the framework of the "Science meets Regions" project, and also exchanged experience and ideas with the representatives of the cities Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Ghent (Belgium) and the districts of Catalonia (Spain) and Bavaria (Germany), which are also going to organize innovation camps within the pilot project. During the workshops our representative shared information with the other participants in the pilot project on the actions planned by the Sofia Development Association and the Sofia Municipality to organize the innovation camp planned for March 2019.

IN-EDU Kick off meeting


IN-EDU project teams from Perugia, Sofia, Osijek, Maribor and Lyon held their project kick-off meeting on February 7 and 8, 2019, in Perugia, to jumpstart our year. WIth 7 locations in 5 countries, partners appreciated this opportunity to rally as an entire consortium. Project work package leaders, among which Sofia Development Association, highlighted the upcoming activities and objectives, a detailed plan for the upcoming months was developed, getting everyone on the same page.

The kick-off meeting ignited new motivation to contribute to more inclusive societies through better media literacy and excitement of what’s to come this year.

Poject IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media literacy & Critical Thinking EDUcation funded by the Erasmus + programme of the EU.

 

 

      

New Project Launch

SDA started a new project IN-EDUINclusive communities through Media literacy & Critical Thinking EDUcation, funded by the Erasmus + programme of the EU.

In today’s digital age, media literacy becomes a key competence for civic and political participation and is linked to other competences that foster both knowledge and values consistent with the main principles of the EU. In a partnership of seven partners and one associated partner from six member states we will be working together in 2019 and 2020 to improve media literacy and thus contribute to more inclusive communities. The consortium is lead by the FORMA.Azione in Perugia, Italy, and apart from SDA partners include Centre for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights, Osijek, Croatia; Foundation for Improvement of Employment Possibilities PRIZMA, Maribor, Slovenia; DZZD Obuchenie, Bulgaria; Istituto Tecnico Economico Tecnologico Aldo Capitini Perugia, Italy; IREX Europe, France; and the Catering and Tourism School Osijek, Croatia as anssociated partner.

Тhe project intends to address urgent challenges like the risk of radicalization and consequent diminishing of the free of speech and expression; the lack of productive and supportive cooperation among teachers and parents in the area of media literacy; the increasing phenomena of fake news and hate speech that undermine democratic and inclusive communities.

To address these issues and needs, the IN-EDU project envisions a variety of activities:

• Analytical activities: a participatory needs assessment relating to problem definition, available resources, possible solutions and community engagement is helpful to better target these interventions; assessment reports and a comparative report on media literacy education.
• Learning activities: National and international trainings for teachers on topics of media analysis skills, using media and digital technologies for inclusive education, civic competences and social media, etc.
• Community actions for media literacy: developing modules for students on media literacy and pilot teaching; third, engaging students and teachers in interactive events like civic hackathons and international student camp.
• Stakeholder engagement and dissemination: initiatives with schools, media organizations, local NGOs, online presence and campaign.

Capitalization Workshop on Social Impact


Sofia Development Association and partners from ten different countries got together in Budapest on January 22, 2018 with other Interreg Danube and other EU projects in the area of social entrepreneurship to discuss how to establish synergies with each other, share knowledge, build on each other’s success and maximize lessons learned. The thematic capitalization workshop was organized in the framework of the Finances4SocialChange project.

Over 15 different inter-regional projects agreed to clusted and share in order to strengthen their outreach, efficiancy and sustainability. Potential paths for collaboration include joined dissemination, peer reviews, benchmarkings, educational programmes, regulation. These insights will be applied in the project training programme and the upcoming social impact investment pilots.

The Finances4SocialChange project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI). More about the project is available at www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/finance4socialchange

Infographics - New Graphical Resources for Migrants in Sofia


Sofia Development Association publishes four thematic posters - infographics which show how migrants are present in four areas - "The Labor Market and the Migrants in Sofia", "Attitudes towards Migrants", "Education and Migrants" and "Safety in Sofia and the Migrants".

The infographics present in a comprehensible and attractive way data, trends, opportunities and shortcomings in the integration of third-country nationals.

They are available on the project website - https://integra-eu.net/campaign/infographics.html.

On the site you can also find the posters of the partners from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia and Italy, as well as other resources developed under the project.

INTEGRA project is funded by the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Sofia City Integration Agenda


Sofia Development Association publishes Sofia City Integration Agenda of third-country nationals. The document was made with a wide civilian participation, involving more than 120 experts, third-country nationals, representatives of local governments, state institutions, media, schools, universities.

Sofia City Integration Agenda outlines the three most likely scenarios for the presence and participation of third-country nationals in the life of Sofia in the next 3 to 5 years: the labor market, education and training, safety and security, integration and the attitude of the local community. It also proposes specific measures and activities for the relevant public institutions and civil society stakeholders responsible for the integration of third-country nationals and migrants.

The Sofia City Integration Agenda can be found at www.integra-eu.net. The document was developed under INTEGRA project, led by Sofia Development Association and co-funded by the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

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