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Strengthening ECD in Bulgaria
Investing Early: Strengthening Early Childhood Development in Bulgaria
June 15, 2016National Palace of Culture, Hall 8, Sofia, Bulgaria


Discussing Bulgaria’s experience in expanding and improving early childhood development, facilitating knowledge-sharing based on lessons learned, and identifying key priorities for Bulgaria to consider going forward.

This Workshop is organized jointly by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of Bulgaria and the World Bank. The main objectives are to discuss Bulgaria’s experience in expanding and improving early childhood development (ECD), facilitate knowledge-sharing based on lessons learned from different programs and projects, and identify key priorities for Bulgaria to consider going forward.

The workshop brings together officials from the Ministries of Labor and Social Policy, Education, Health, and local governments, as well as development partners and civil society organizations.

Contact: Ivelina Taushanova, World Bank Office, Sofia: +359 2 969 7239

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13:30 - 14:00

REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS AND WELCOME COFFEE

14:00 – 14:15

OPENING REMARKS

Ms. Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy

Mr. Kalin Kamenov, Mayor of Vratsa Municipality, National Association of Municipalities of Republic of Bulgaria

Mr. Tony Thompson, Country Manager, the World Bank

14:15 – 15:00 LESSONS LEARNED: ECD Services for Vulnerable Children and Their Families in Bulgaria

14:15 – 14:45

 

Social Inclusion Project Results and Lessons Learned

Iliyan Saraliev, Head of Social Inclusion Programs Department, Social Inclusion Directorate, MLSP

Implementers’ View: Experiences and Challenges at the Local Level

Mr. Stancho Stavrev, Deputy Mayor of Tundja Municipality

Yordanka Ananieva, Deputy Mayor “Culture and Education” Burgas Municipality

Impact Evaluation of  Springboard for School Readiness Project

Ms. Élise Huillery, Professor of Economics, Lead Researcher for Impact Evaluation

14:45 – 15:00 DISCUSSION
15:00 – 15:20 COFFEE BREAK

15:20 – 16:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the Priorities for ECD in Bulgaria Going Forward? And How Do We Get There?

Ms. Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy

Deputy Minister of Health or designee

Ms. Greta Gancheva, Director “Acess to Education and Development Support”, Ministry of Education and Science

Ms. Donka Mihailova, Deputy Chair, National Association of Municipalities of Republic of Bulgaria

Ms. Vera Rangelova, Early Childhood Development Officer at UNICEF

Ms. Sarah Perrine, Chief Executive Officer, Trust for Social Achievement

Ms. Zvezdelina Atanasova, Director Training Center, Karin Dom Foundation

16:20 -16:30

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Ms. Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy

Mr. Cristian Aedo, Practice Manager, Education Global Practice, the World Bank