Personal development support centres in the pre-school and school education systems

Where
Bulgaria
When
2020
Who
Ministry of Education and Science
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Personal development support centres in the pre-school and school education system support the implementation of the State policy to ensure and provide personal development support to children and school students by organizing activities which develop their personal talents and abilities in the fields of science, technology, arts and sports.

The policy activities related to personal development opportunities through interest-based classes create conditions for discovering, stimulating and developing the potential and talents of children and school students in various fields, including cultural diversity promotion. There are no restrictions based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, etc.

Depending on the children and students' wishes and capabilities, various pedagogical organisation forms for interest-based activities are created in the personal development support centres. Since 2018, new regulations have been introduced regarding interest-based activities and their funding in State and municipal schools via targeted funds from the State budget.
Interest-based courses are organised as a matter of priority in different thematic areas, including an "Arts and Culture" thematic area.

Apart from schools, interest-based activities organisers can be natural persons and legal entities - coaches, sports clubs, community centres, personal development support centres, etc.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The centres enable the discovery and enhancement of each child's potential in various areas, including the arts, as well as public appearances of children and students.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funding is provided by the State budget.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
State and municipal schools
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Transversal Priority(ies)
Youth