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06 Get to Know Your Language and Culture (2001)

 
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The project provided unique experience for young people of Roma descent from allover Bulgaria to get education and become familiar with the language and culture of their heritage and thus enhance their knowledge of and pride in their culture. The activities accomplished during the project duration enhanced the self-esteem within the Roma community by heightening the ethnic self-awareness of Roma youth through dialogues facilitated by professional and academic members of the Roma community.

The project helped to combat the general sense of apathy and despondency in the target group by encouraging the participants to disseminate the knowledge gained through the implementation of the project. ...more information


05 Green Hearts – Stara Zagora, You Are My City (2001)

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The core of the project was a fund-raising campaign to meet a most pressing environmental community need of the citizens of Stara Zagora to improve the green spots in the town, following the Polish model adopted to local specificity. The campaign was launched with a sociological research to identify the most pressing environmental need of the community according to its citizens; as well as the need the community is most willing to invest their donated resources (cash, labor, etc.). The community media (TV, radio, newspapers) was actively involved to communicate the objectives and phases of the campaign, to keep an eye on the whole process, to ensure transparency and monitoring each step of the campaign from social research to final implementation. Community consensus of needs and expectations will be monitored at each phase of the implementation of the project.

Five mini-projects had been funded with the funds raised by the campaign to support voluntary labor of neighborhood groups to beautify their nearest living environment. ...more information


04 Training In Democracy and Tolerance (2001)

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The focuss of the project was a five-day seminar concerning theories and practices on tolerance and democracy with 20 youth participants from different parts of Bulgaria, mainly working or studying in the humanitarian field. It was concidered as a follow up of work-camp leadership training, organized by Service Civil International - Germany, Bad Birnbach 2000. The idea was to implement the same methods, by the same lecturers onto Bulgarian ground with emphasis on tolerance and democracy. The training worked in the sphere of inter-personal relations, examining them from the point of view of mutual tolerance and eqaulity, including dealing with ethnic problems. Two follow-up workshops had been conducted by local participants.

The specific idea of the project was to provoke positive change in inter-personal relations between different representaitves of Bulgarian society. Interpersonal relations are the universal basis for democracy and pluralism. Changing certain aspects there would give a rise to global change within Bulgarian society.

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