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Equilibrium’s manual on Experiential Education is based on the execution of a single project in which a proportion of the work was undertaken in rural areas.

It, nevertheless, contains a detailed section providing safety advice for those working with children and young adults in the outdoors and we recommend it as reading material for teachers and youth workers who are considering taking parties out of the larger towns or cities.

This brief guide deals with the issue of working within…


We all know that we should not use something that someone else has written in a manner that suggests the words are our own – we should clearly state our source.

When it comes to using images, matters can be far less clear because you aren’t likely to be able to protect yourself by stating where you got a picture. If it is subject to copyright, you need permission to use it. It is as simple as that. Also, nowadays,…


We all know that a fairly comprehensive body of educational theory exists that challenges the idea that children require instruction in order to become educated.

It is also widely recognized that a particular style of instruction can be inappropriate for a particular child at a particular stage in his / her development. Maria Montessori recognized that educational material, if framed appropriately, can be ‘self-correcting’ and that children can learn at their own pace through exploration and the weighing-up of options.…


In the context of a project largely funded by the British Embassy in Sofia named ‘Green Schooling as an Alternative to the Summer Green School’, EQ did a series of workshops with groups of teenagers that allowed the exploration of the entire World of Trees from a variety of perspectives – their

  • longevity
  • remarkable capabilities
  • contribution to the balance of nature
  • contribution to mankind
  • impact on the human consciousness throughout the ages

Most importantly, the children came to understand the…


As a participant in the project – ‘Reinforcement of Non-formal Education and the Social Participation of Youth in Youth Centres’ – EQ has undertaken to explore the theme of ‘Institutions and organisations of the European Union’ in the context of devising and piloting the implementation of a methodology in informal education.

This methodology is geared towards the fulfilment of the project aims expressed in the following terms in the Memorandum of Agreement jointly signed by EQ and ARSIS – Association…


In 2014 we celebrate 10 years since the organisation was founded: 10 years of inspiration, perseverance, and achievement.

Our jubilee brochure can be viewed here page 1 and page 2

Equilibrium (EQ) is headquartered in Bulgaria. EQ specializes in working with unfortunate children that most adults find difficult to handle. Many are educationally and socially disadvantaged because of early life experience that may have included abuse, separation from parents, institutionalization, bereavement, prolonged deprivation or an especially traumatic event.

We provide…


For many years now Equilibrium has working relationships with teenagers who are clients of Ruse’s Complex for the Social Support of Children and Families or students from schools with which.

These relationships normally entail the provision of informal workshops in response to issues raised by teaching staff or school psychologists / pedagogical advisors. The extensive communication with the teens provoked us to dedicate time, space, personnel and resources to the promotion of two initiatives that run in parallel – Music…


promeneni-sadbiOn the 28th December 2010, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers announced the official closure of Teteven Institution for children 0 to 3 years old (officially named ‘Home for Medical and Social Care for Children’ – HMSCC).

The decision was in line with the National Strategy ‘Vision for Deinstitutionalising the Children in the Republic of Bulgaria’ as well as with the concept for deinstitutionalising the children from the baby institutions approved by the Ministry of Health.

The closure took place within…


“Child Participation is a fundamental principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The “participation rights” enshrined in the CRC are summarized by UNICEF as follows – “Children are entitled to the freedom to express opinions and to have a say in matters affecting their social, economic, religious, cultural and political life. Participation rights include the right to express opinions and be heard, the right to information and freedom of association.”

This discussion paper on…