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27.06.2018Annual Meeting of the National Network for Children

From June 14th to June 16th, in the town of Tryavna was held the Annual Meeting for  2018 of the National Network for Children, which brought together more than 70 organizations working for the well-being and prosperity of children. The first panel of the program was on the subject "Values that unite us" and reviewed and assessed the common values and shared understanding of the 150 organizations that are part of the Children's Network. Within the program, thematic working groups of the representatives organizations in the fields of Education, Health and Early Childhood Development, Justice and Family were held.

The "Education" working group was attended by Deyan Kolev, chairman of Amalipe Center and Teodora Krumova, deputy chaiperson. The main topic that was addressed was: How to improve the climate in schools so that school is more accessible and welcoming for all children and how to develop better communication between teachers, students and parents. The next day, Ivan Todorov, participated in the Working Group on Health and Early Childhood Development, where the themes for integrated services were discussed, bringing together and coordinating all activities - health, social, educational, justice, etc., access for pregnant women to better quality health services and the need to establish a unified national children's hospital.

Center Amalipe was also one of the ten participants, who took part in the exhibition of the Children's Network and presented their activities and good practices. The General Assembly of the National Children's Network was held in the early afternoon of June 15. A special guest at the Annual Meeting was the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria Ms. Maya Manolova and Mrs. Eva Zhecheva, Head of the Child Rights Directorate. The Executive Director of the National Network for Children Georgi Bogdanov awarded Mrs. Manolova with the Special "Golden Apple" for her contribution to the well-being of children in Bulgaria. Her efforts over the last three years has made the issue of children's rights and interest a priority and raised the issue of dropping fees for attending kindergartens, access for children with special needs to health and education services, etc.

Due to the great interest of the organizations, a training on implementing the new requirements of the EU's General Regulation on Personal Data Protection (GDRP) was also carried out.

As a regional coordinator for the Central Northern Region, the Amalipe Center also organized a meeting of the region's organizations, in which the forthcoming activities, activities of common interest and common advocacy priorities were discussed.

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