Stara Zagora is one of the few municipalities that, together with the National Strategy for Lifelong Learning, has developed its own at the local level. This became clear during the opening of the ninth National Lifelong Learning Days organized by the Ministry of Education. Departmental Deputy Mayor Nadezhda Chakarova welcomed the guests – representatives of educational and cultural institutions, who will exchange experience and good practices for three days in the city. “We are among the pioneers in the direction of stimulating lifelong learning and giving relevant perspectives to people of different ages. For the team of the Municipality of Stara Zagora, education and the improvement of the environment have been and will continue to be a leading priority. These are our sustained efforts, which I am convinced are yielding good results. We work at the various levels – from early childhood education, so that there is continuity and overlapping of knowledge and skills, to open horizons. The professional card changes with time and we need to be able to respond to the future. Lifelong learning is the key to flexibility and readiness to be adequate to the dynamics,” Deputy Mayor Nadezhda Chakarova shared with the conference participants.
Albena Mihailova, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education and Culture and project leader, opened the forum, which gathered in its three-day program a rich set of useful lectures and discussions. On the first day, the results of the “Renewed Priorities of the European Adult Learning Program” project were presented by Vesela Karayaneva, chief expert at the Ministry of Education and Science. Part of the program for the second day of the event is a presentation of the experience of educational and training institutions in Stara Zagora. More topics are planned for dual training, for practical skills, as well as the application of techniques and approaches to increase public awareness on the topic of validating professional knowledge, skills and competencies.
At the beginning of the event, graduates of NUMSI “Hristina Morfova” congratulated the participants in the forum.