Bulgaria

BULGARIA – Sofia Platform Foundation (Sofia / Bulgaria)  

Sofia Platform was founded in 2013. Two strands characterize the work of the NGO: Through historical-political education on wheels, Sofia Platform pursues the goal of carrying political education work in Bulgaria, especially in regions outside the capital, in order to promote a democratic culture and the examination of the communist past. In 2018, 500 students, 120 teachers and 300 citizens in 21 Bulgarian cities were involved (http://sofiaplatform.org/an-incredible-year-comes-to-an-end/). In addition, Sofia Platform is actively involved in the identity debate, which the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are grappling with with transition experiences. Specifically, it is about the questions: Who are we and why are we how we are? Does the state of the current political culture have anything to do with the lack of coming to terms with the communist past, with the experiences during the transition or with the current democratic challenges? Sofia Platform was originally founded as part of the events around the Arab Spring in order to support countries in transition phases through their own experiences and lessons learned. Since 2014, the focus has been on the question of how the lack of addressing the transition affects the current social and political situation in Bulgaria. Sofia Platform has a large network of national and international experts in formal and non-formal political education, such as historians, teachers and cultural workers, and is part of Networking European Citizenship Education (NECE) and Networking Arab Civic Education (NACE). 

Public discussion event in Warsaw: “Teaching Post-Socialist Transition: the challenges facing museums, schools and non-formal educators.”

On 6th December 2022, we gathered in Warsaw for a public discussion event on “Teaching Post-Socialist Transition: the challenges facing museums, schools and non-formal educators.” This discussion was hosted in partnership with Stowarzyszenie 61 at their base and held with experts from museum education departments, teachers from schools, and educators from NGOs and other organisations. …

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Closing conference of Transition Dialogue 2019-2021

On Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April, we gathered both online and in the Rotes Rathaus in the centre of Berlin to mark the closing of the programme “Transition Dialogue” and to present the handbook that has been the result of the hard work of the project and its coordinators. Our conference was particularly …

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Conference: “Rethinking the Democratic Future” with the panel “Challenges of Transition.”

Democracy in the world today faces new challenges. Some of them, such as populism and a lack of democratic procedure, can be traced back to the collapse of the socialist world before 1989 and the subsequent transition out of communism. From April 26-28, 2021, the international conference “Rethinking the Democratic Future: Lessons from the 20th …

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Transition Dialogue – Konferenz in Sofia / Conference in Sofia

Transition Dialogue in Sofia

Transition Dialogue – Konferenz in Sofia Am 22. und 23. November fand in Sofia eine Konferenz zur Vorbereitung der weiteren Arbeit zum Thema “Transition Dialogue” statt – eine Kooperation von Sofia Platform und DRA mit Unterstützung der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb). Von den Konferenzteilnehmern – Experten, Vertreter der Bildungseinrichtungen und NGOs – wurde erörtert, …

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Deutschlandforschertagung 2016 – Children of Transition

“The good, the bad and the Eastern Europeans – refugees and the communist past.” Under this headline, Iva Kopraleva and Rafaela Tripalo from Transition Dialogue Network presented research results from Bulgaria and Croatia at the conference “Deutschlandforschertagung 2016 – Children of Transition, Children of War” in November in Vienna. Together with Louisa Slavkova, they have …

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Workshop NECE conference 2015: “Otherness” through the eyes of the generation of transition

The workshop explores the way the generation of transition understands the notion of “otherness” and how their current perception has been influenced by the process of transition towards democracy in the post-communist space. The participants present the results of a small scale study on the topic, conducted in several countries from Eastern and Central Europe. …

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