Interesting & Useful
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
- remarkable capabilities
- contribution to the balance of nature
- contribution to mankind
- impact on the human consciousness throughout the ages
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.
In 2014 we celebrate 10 years since the organisation was founded: 10 years of inspiration, perseverance, and achievement.
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.
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…
On 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.
“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.”
The international network known as COPORE (Competencies for Poverty Reduction) was coordinating a large project involving 14 partners.
In February 2010 a competition for European organizations actually working in the field of poverty reduction was held under the banner of COPORE. David Bisset prepared an article to present Equilibrium’s ‘modus operandi’, difficulties and achievements in the delivery of integrated social services based on our experience in managing the Ruse Complex for Social services.
This manual has been designed for use by teachers / youth workers who are concerned to adopt informal, interactive teaching methods that introduce children to ‘experiential learning’.
Experiential Learning basically means learning from physical engagement and a process of exploration rather than from instruction. The Equilibrium team believes that it is important that, as far as possible, this takes place within the community that surrounds the school that the children attend. Participation in civic society permits children to positively contribute…