SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

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SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION ORGANIZES A TRAINING COURSE FOR HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHERS CALLED “MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY”

Sofia Development Association organizes a training course for high-school teachers on Media and information literacy. The training will take place on 5th of February in SofiaLab (1, Serdika str, fl. 3rd) and it is a part of the programme of Media literacy week. Among the partners of Media Literacy Week are The Coalition for Development of Media Literacy of Bulgarian children, The Embassy of the United States in Bulgaria and The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The training program and the resource materials for the course were prepared by an international team of experts in the framework of INclusion Communities through Media Inclusion and Critical Thinking EDUcation (IN-EDU) project, co-financed by the EU Erasmus + Programme. The lecturers of the training will be experts from the media, digital agencies and NGOs. The participants will receive various resource materials both theoretical and practical – from written explanations for leading the training to links for digital instruments for content creation.

In order to participate in the training, it is necessary to make online registration in the period from 13 to 31 January 2020 at: http://bit.ly/36R8T6t.

INTEGRA PARTNERS PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE GO LOCAL: SUPPORTING REGIONS, CITIES AND RURAL AREAS IN MIGRANTS’ INTEGRATION

The conference took part Dec. 3, 2019 in Brussels. It was organized by the Committee of the Regions, which recently launched the initiative Cities and Regions for Integration, together with other Commission departments. Enhancing the dialogue with local and regional authorities is a priority for the work on integration at EU level. Cities and regions are key actors in putting in place effective integration policies on the ground. However, many local authorities, especially small ones, have difficulties in accessing the resources available at EU level both in terms of knowledge and funding – a challenge recognized and tackled also by INTEGRA.

The conference gathered over 400 representatives from local and regional authorities to inform them about the support available at EU level and give them an opportunity to exchange their practices and experience.

INTEGRA partners from Sofia, Prague, Košice and Osijek took part in the conference. In recognition of the project success, Sevdalina Voynova from SDA was invited to moderate one of the conference workshops, Narratives matter. The session focused on the public perception of migrants and refugees in Europe and its relationship with facts and the reality, the role of opinion makers as well as local politicians in influencing the attitudes of citizens towards immigrants.

The conference was organized also in cooperation with other Commission departments active in the field of integration, such as the Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Education and Culture, Regional and Urban Affairs and the Joint Research Center.

      

INTEGRA 2020 MIGRANT INTEGRATION CALENDAR


Our INTEGRA 2020 migrant integration cause calendar is now available for free download in English and in Bulgarian. Let it inspire you to incorporate in your organisation’s plan some of the cause awareness days, or some of the motivational ideas. Share it with your colleagues and stakeholders to trigged action. There are so many special days to remember! There are all those times when you lose your motivation and keen interest to be a driver of change! Do not worry. Now that you start working on your New Year’s resolution, it is time to set your sight on some other important opportunities to take action. And every day in 2020 when you look at the INTEGRA migrant integration calendar, be reminded you are not alone, and we together should take responsibility for the dignity, safety and before future for all. The calendar is produced by SDA INTEGRA project team.

 

 

 

SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION PRESENTS GOOD PRACTICES FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP


On 22nd of November a representative of Sofia Development Association participated as a lecturer in a training for pupils and students called “Social entrepreneurship and Health tourism”, organized by the National Youth Forum. SDA presented the project activities of the project “Finances 4 Social Changes” with a focus on the good practices from Bulgaria and the other project partners’ countries.

National Youth Forum is the largest youth platform in Bulgaria, bringing together 50 youth organizations from all over the country. They are a member of the European Youth Forum and an active partner of national and European institutions in building and advocating for youth policies.

 

THIRD PLENARY MEETING OF CICERONE PROJECT


On November 21, 2019, partners in the Horizon 2020 consortium developing strategic approaches to circular economy in the European Union and beyond got together in Berlin to overview the research conducted so far, and to discuss its practical application: how the findings could be transferred into better policies and governance. Among the specific tools and instruments to that purpose are the yet to be developed strategic research and innovation agenda, the stakeholder engagement platform and EU policy and international cooperation recommendations in this important field. The CICERONE project is led by EIT KIC Climate, and Sofia Development Association is a partner together with program owners, businesses and leading research organisations to create a platform for efficient circular economy. This project has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under Grant Agreement 820707.

DIGITALIZE YOUR FAMILY MEMORIES


Do you know where your family came from and can you name your predecessors? What legends do you know about them and would you like to share? Do you keep photos of your grandmother? Was she a "fatal woman"?

Bring an old family album and we will send it back to you in a few days in digital version! Our past is the basis of our future, let's try to preserve it in the era of new technologies. :)

Come and join us on November 21st at SofiaLab (1 Serdika Str.) to go back to our roots! Build a family tree, bring old things and photos, or just a good mood and a desire to share your family story.

The event is organized by Sofia Development Association in partnership with Sofia City Library - branch of "Serdika".

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