Study visit in Strasbourg, France under the project “Capacity Building” of the Programme BG06 “Children and Youth at Risk”

In the period 1st - 5th June 2015 the CEICSEM organizes a study visit in Strasbourg, France under the project “Capacity Building” of the Programme BG06 “Children and Youth at Risk”. Participants will be involved from all target groups, namely the youth workers, mediators and kindergarten teachers. The study visit aims at building on the training participants done already as well as exchanging experience with the European Youth Centers in Strasbourg, on the one hand, and between the Bulgarian and Romanian teams under the same Programme “Children and Youth at Risk”, on the other.

The schedule for the study visit was sent to all participants.


Decree 4 of the Council of ministers from 11 January 2005 for the establishment of the Center for Educational Integration of Children and Students from Ethnic Minorities

Published in the State newspaper, copy 7 from 19 January 2005, changed and complemented in copy 40 from 16 May 2006

The Council of Ministers enacted:

Art.1 (1) A Center for Educational Integration of Children and Students from Ethnic Minorities, called further in the document The Center, is established at the Minister of Education and Science. The Center is a juridical person under article 60 of the Law for Administration with head office in Sofia.

(2) The Center is a secondary unit with  budget credits at the Minister of Science and Education and helps the policy of the MoES on the educational integration of children and students from ethnic minorities.

Art.2 The Center makes calls for proposals, finances and supports projects which aim at encouraging the equal access to quality education and improving the results from the upbringing and education of children and students from ethnic minorities in Bulgaria.

Art.3 Organs of the Center's management  are the Board of Managers and the Director.

Art.4  (1)The members of the Board of Managers are assigned by a written order by the Minister of Education and Science. Chairman of the Board of Managers is the Minister of Science and Education or a deputy minister authorized by him.

(2) (Published and complemented in the State newspaper, copy 40 from 2006) The Board of managers consists of 11 members: four representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, one representative from the Directorate "Ethnic and Demographic issues" of the Council of Ministers, one from the Ministry of Finances, one from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and from the Ministry of Culture and three representatives of NGOs working in the field of educational integration of children and students from ethnic minorities.

Art.5 The number of the staff working in the Center is 6 people including the Director.

Art.6 The Center is managed and presented by a director who is assigned by the Minister of Science and Education

Art.7 The structure and activities of the Center are arranged with a regulations book accepted by the Council of Ministers.

Art.8 The Center realises its activities according to the three-year action plan accepted by the Council of Ministers. The action plan contains the priorities and measures which will be financed by the Center.

Art.9 The incomes of the Center are formed by:

1. funds received from Bulgarian, foreign and international financing institutions;
2. donations and wills which are made for the goals under article 2
3. subsidiary from the state budget through the budget of the budget of MoES;
4. other incomes

(2) The funds from the state budget for financing the Center's activities are used primarily for providing the complementary financing from the sources mentioned in paragraph 1, items 1 and 2 and for the Ceneter's maintenance.

Art.10 The funds mentioned in article 8 are spent for:

1. providing conditions for joint upbringing and education of children and students with different ethnic origin in the state and municipal kindergartens and schools and helping units;
2. providing extra pedagogical work with dropping behind students, which is included in projects according to the goals under article 2;
3. activities for getting back to school the dropped out students and improving their educational results;
4. working out programs for upbringing and education in conformity with the cultures of the different ethnic minorities and introducing them to the kindergartens and schools;
5. carrying out qualification activities for the teachers according to the goals under article 2;
6. research work connected with interethnic integration of children and students through education;
7. preparing parents for the realisation of the educational integration of the children and students;
8. activities on abservation and evaluation of projects financed by the Center;
9. activities on making the policy for educational integration and the Center's activities public;
10. maintenance of the Center.

(2) The financing of the activities  under paragraph 1, items 1-9 is realised on the base of rules registered in the regulations book under article 7

Art. 11. By April 30 every year the Minister of Education and Science publishes an annual report on the Center's activities in the web site of MoES.

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Program for the activity of the Center For Educational Integration Of Children And Students From Ethnic Minorities for the period 2013 – 2015

The program was developed in accordance with art. 8 of Decree № 4 of the Council of Ministers from 2005 to establish a Center For Educational Integration Of Children And Young Students From The Ethnic Minorities (published in the State newspaper copy 7 from 2005 changed and complemented in copy 40 from 2006 copy 79 from 2009 copy 16 from 26.02.2010) and article 4 from the Rules of the structure, activity and organization of work of CEICSEM, adopted by Decree № 108 by Council of Ministers in 2006 (published in the State newspaper copy 40 from 2006).

The Center for educational integration of children and students from the ethnic minorities, hereinafter  called as the “Center”, was created to support the government policy regarding the educational needs of the children and students from the ethnic minorities by the means of an integrated approach. This policy has its own framework  “ The national program for development of the school and preschool education and preparation (2006 - 2015)”,  which brings out as the main objective of the system the equal access of a quality education. It specifically notes that the equal access “does not mean” equal care to all children differentiation of care to their different needs”. This means that for “the children who don`t have an equal start, it is necessary to be taken special care of ensuring their full participation in the educational process.”

The activity of the Center is focused on the implementation of the priorities, set in the “Strategy for educational integration of children and students from the ethnic Minorities”,  the National action plan for the “Decade of the Roma inclusion 2005 - 2015” in the “Framework program for integration of  Roma in the Bulgarian society”, where the educational integration is taken as a first and key area for the integration of Roma in the Bulgarian society and in the action plan, of the“National strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria for the Roma integration 2012 - 2020”. The activity is based on the “Program for development of education, science and youth policy in the Republic of Bulgaria (2010 - 2015)”.

Program_for_the_activity_of_the_Center_For_Educational_Integration_Of_Children_And_Students_From_Ethnic_Minorities_for_the_period_2013_2015.doc (87 KB)


Strategy for Educational Integration of the Children and Students from Ethnic Minorities

The present Strategy is an integral part of the national project for reforming the educational system and for providing a good quality education for all children in the Republic of Bulgaria. It is based on:

  • The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
  • Convention against Discrimination in Education
  • Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
  • Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious or Linguistic Minorities
  • The Law on Protection against Discrimination
  • The Management Program of the Bulgarian Government "People are Bulgaria's Treasure"
  • Framework Program for Equal Integration of Roma in Bulgarian Society
  • The World Program of UNESCO and the United Nations "Education for all"
  • Aims and Purposes of "The Decade of Roma Inclusion:2005 - 2015"

Strategy.doc (52 KB)