Bulgaria: Museums and Democracy Education

nov 20, 2019

How can museums contribute to human rights and democracy education of young people?

The Human Rights Academy, together with Partners Bulgaria Foundation, as the leading partner, and representatives from schools, municipality and museums in the Bulgarian municipalities Montana, Varshets, Blagoevgrad and Gotse Delchevof,  will work with schools and museums to increase the democratic competence and human rights understanding among young people.

The project will be implemented from October 2019 to February 2022 and aims to contribute to education in democracy and human rights education among children and young people. In cooperation with the Bulgarian partners and with the participation of representatives from the Norwegian Human Rights Network of National Museums, this unique model that brings local museums into human rights education will be introduced among Bulgarian stakeholders.

A large-scale study of opinion and understanding of young people on human rights is envisaged, as well as an assessment of existing educational practices in this regard. 

Online platform, seminars and a guide to human rights education in the work of museums 

As a result of this international cooperation, an online platform with educational materials and other resources for human rights education will be made available for the wider use, as well as a guide to human rights education in the work of museums and other key community institutions. A series of seminars on human rights will build capacity of teachers, municipal officers, youth facilitators and student councils from 4 pilot municipalities in the country – Montana, Varshets, Blagoevgrad and Gotse Delchev.

Youth initiatives will be implemented in the communities, thus giving the young people possibility to bring into practice what has been learned. Thus the knowledge gained by young people will be reinforced through local community actions and transformed into lasting attitudes, showing the development of a democratic culture.

The project “Increasing Democratic Competence and Understanding of Human Rights among Young People” is implemented by Partners Bulgaria Foundation and Human Rights Academy, Norway, with a financial support of 171,000 Euros provided by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism.


Projcet partners.  

From left: Project Manager Eugenia Khoroltseva, the Human Rights Academy and Director Daniela Kolarova, Partners Bulgaria Foundation  



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