The Country profile is a sort of Library Manifesto on sustainable development at national or local level, it illustrates the nature and the level of effort deployed by library associations and their partners in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in libraries.
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(Excerpt from the 2nd European Report on Sustainable Development and Libraries, prepared by EBLIDA and National Library of Latvia.)
A key role in Bulgaria has been played by the Global Libraries - Bulgaria Foundation, which is project manager in some of the SDG-oriented library projects and create awareness activities and expertise for libraries. Many of these activities are organised in collaboration with the Bulgarian Library Association.
One of the Bulgarian SDG-oriented projects is “Digital Skills for SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) in Bulgaria”, an educational project where the regional libraries of Plovdiv, Smolyan and Stara Zagora districts become third place and offer equal access to information and communication, lifelong learning, collaboration with SME workers and their families. Two aspects raise the profile of this project. The first is that libraries work in partnership with the Bulgarian Union of Small and Medium Enterprises; the second is that the project is funded by the 2014-2020 European Social Fund, one of the European Structural and Investment Funds.
The Yavorov Regional Library has set up the project “The land is cleaner, we are more knowledgeable”: a 3D Printer is made available to every student in return of plastic bottles.
The project “Wildlife around us: get to know and protect” is implemented by the Zachary Kniazheski Library and aims to make people aware of the wildlife around them and targets students, teachers, parents and the public as a whole with a view to creating awareness about the benefits of living together with our wild friends.
The E-Portal of Memory and Knowledge is dedicated to the European history and science; the Tech Lib offers a Mini Technology Center at the Regional Library "Hristo Botev" – Vratsa: children and teenagers get acquainted with the opportunity to experience new technological wonders.
Global Libraries - Bulgaria Foundation (FSBB) is also a partner in the “Get Your Facts Straight! Media Literacy for All” - a program co-funded by the European Commission which provides media literacy training to students and young people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as to their parents and / or grandparents.
Global Libraries - Bulgaria Foundation also implements “E-skills for E-inclusion” project, whose main purpose is to develop a computer literacy training program for vulnerable groups and facilitate their access to the labour market. This project is being implemented in partnership with 5 other organisations from Northern Ireland, Spain, Italy and Romania and is funded by the European Erasmus + program.
The Bulgarian Library and Information Association and the Global Libraries - Bulgaria Foundation organized a webinar on "European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in 2021 - 2027: opportunities for libraries". The webinar was held in Bulgarian.
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