Where can you study in Blagoevgrad?

27 10 2011

For facing with guarantees the labor world is essential get a good educational level. One of the biggest problems in the European Union is that most of young people have problems to find a job. The problem is even bigger if the job seeker hasn’t has labor experience and hasn´t studied until finished the secondary school at least.

I have collected in the list bellow Blagoevgrad’s secondary schools which have web page. If you are student, you live in Blagoevgrad and you are still contemplating the different options for studying in Blagoevgrad perhaps you might find the best solution for your future here.

 “Academic Lyudmil Stoyanov” Language High school

http://www.egblg.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Akad. Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov” High school of Mathematics

http://www.polet.cbbbg.com

 

 

 

 

 
 “Polet” High school

http://www.polet.cbbbg.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Ivan Iliev” High school

http://pgi-blg.my.contact.bg

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sveti Kliment Ohridski” Secondary Foreign Language School

http://www.fllschool.org

Profesionalna Gimnazia Po Textil and Obleklo High school

http://www.pgto-blg.hit.bg

“Sv.Sv.Kiril and Metodiy” High school

http://nhg-blg.com

“Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov” High school

http://www.pgee-blg.com

This is David Cartagena, a computer science student in Blagoevgrad.

You can check the whole educational offer of Blagoevgrad in this webpage.





A good educational offer

21 10 2011

Blagoevgrad students have the chance to choose where they are going to study from a large number of colleges. Actually the city has good educational offerings. However, quantity and quality are not the same.

In Blagoevgrad primary´s schools, pupils learn Writing, Reading, Music, Drawing, Sport, and English. The methods are basically the same as in all primary schools around the world. For example, in English lessons the goal is teach the children the alphabet “repeating the sounds and remembering a card with some picture of it and associated item, listening to easily remembered songs with a few common words and so on,” as declared Boryana Petrova who received her full education in Blagoevgrad.
In the next higher the courses are more specialized. Some of them are Bulgarian, English, Literature, Math and Natural sciences. The students have 7 hours per day, and their lessons consist only of English lessons, Math, Literature, Sport, Music and Art.

The students are distributed in small groups. So each pupil may receive as much attention as possible from the teacher. Veselina Apostolov, an English professor at Blagoevgrad´s high school said that her biggest class has 28 students, and the smallest 23.”

High schools are specialized in different education ranches. A student can choose between: Foreign Language High School, a Math high school, an Economics High School, a Professional High School for Architecture.

There are also some quality differences among the Blagoevgrad education institutions. “In my opinion the level of the education –at my high school- is relatively high compared to other schools,” said Venelina Miteva who studied Mathematical and Science School “Acad. Sergei Koroliov”.  The high school entrance exams used to define the best schools of the city holds Boryana Petrova who studied in Foreign Language High School “Academic Lyudmil Stoyanov”.  . “Students are obliged to take two exams, in Literature and MathShe holds also that Bulgarian educational level is approximately the same level than the others students around Europe. “Bulgarian students are having the same grades as the European students.”

When the time to go to university arrives, the Blagoevgrad students will be well prepared.  “Teachers were very strict and we had papers and quizes all the time, as we do now in University” declared Venelina Miteva.

When the students finished de high school, in addition to be well prepared, they have the chance to go to university without leaving Blagoevgrad. There are two universities in the city: American University in Bulgaria and South West University.

Although the educational level is pretty good, the interviewees propose some improvements.  All of them think that it is really important to improve about new technologies and multimedia resources. Venelina Miteva thinks that for motivate the students; they could be granted prizes for good achievements.

Listen below the interview with Veselina Apostolov, an English professor at Blagoevgrad´s high school:





Citizens are the most important element in the fight against corruption

14 10 2011

At the beginning of my work I made an interview with Viktor Ivaylov Angelw, a political science student who is living in Blagoevgrad. He said something that it really shocked me. “Corruption problems have to be solved by Bulgarian people by themselves.” He holds that citizens are the most important element in the fight against corruption. I collected in the video below some pictures of Blagoevgrad people. They are called to be the real heroes, whom we must recognize the ability to change their own country.





A place where Asiatics and Europeans crossed their paths along centuries.

10 10 2011

I have written a bit about borders in this blog. Most times as a resource for separating countries. But the frontiers have not existed always. As a reflection I would like to show a video of the Bosphorus River (Istanbul).  It may seem like an alien topic for this blog. However, for Bulgarians is time to think about what a border really is.

Long time ago rivers and mountains like for example the Bosphorus or the Alps, were not a barrier for humanity but rather a meeting point. The Bosphorus is a place where Asiatic and Europeans crossed their paths along centuries.

When you are sailing this wonderful river, it is impossible don´t remember “The song of the Pirate” from José Espronceda, obviously if you have heard it before. It was written in another epoch, when the current discussions about the borders would be meaningless. When they had not defined limits between Europe and Asia.

The world has changed a lot, and nevertheless, Bosphorus is still the same river.

Bosphorus from JaviFdezDiaz on Vimeo.





Blagoevgrad City Council has to create more tourist attractions

10 10 2011

In last days we are receiving a large amount of information about the Bulgarian borders problems. With the intention to know how these issues affects to Blagoevgrad economy I visited Fenix Hotel, where I could talk with the manager. He told me closed borders are a big problem for the tourism industry of the city, because it prevents the arrival of foreign tourists.

Since the entry of Bulgaria in the EU there are more customers coming to Fenix Hotel, but his manager recognizes that Blagoevgrad needs to be a little bit cleaner. He defends that the City Council has to create more tourist attractions and invest more money in media advertisements.

He would like to have open borders in Bulgaria but he actually knows that this can bring some problems, as exist with the African immigrants arriving from Greece.  However he thinks it is worth having open borders because it will be very beneficial for the city and his economy.

He doesn´t know too much about Schengen, but he thinks that any change to facilitate the movement of people would be great for the tourism industry in Blagoevgrad.

Listen the whole interview with the Fenix Hotel manager below:





Statement of UN about anti-Roma manifestations in Bulgaria

5 10 2011

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is deeply concerned about the anti-Roma demonstrations in Bulgaria since the 23 of September, when a Roma leader, called Kiril Rashkow was blamed of killing a 19 years old boy. Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued a statement in which he show concern about an entire community to be targeted for an offence allegedly committed by an individual. It is not the first time that there are problems with Roma community in UE. These kinds of situations, despite being rejected for the European Union institutions, are becoming more usual. For example, about one year ago, French government expelled the Romanian gypsy’s community of France. You can read the hole statement below:

4 October 2011

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville 

Location: Geneva 

Subject: Bulgaria

 

 

  We are deeply concerned about the anti-Roma demonstrations that  have  been occurring in Bulgaria  since 23 September, when an  ethnic Bulgarian  youth was run over and killed by a van reportedly  belonging to a local Roma.  The protests continued into this  past weekend, spreading to some 14  towns  across the country.  We regret the death of the young man in the village of Katunitsa. We  hope  that if the driver of the van is culpable, he will be brought to  justice in 
accordance with the law, and that through such a judicial  process, the facts  surrounding the young  man’s death will be clearly  established.
The hate speech that has been fuelling the anti-Roma  protests in Bulgaria is of great concern. It is unacceptable for an entire community to be targeted for  an offence allegedly committed by an individual. We call on Bulgarian authorities at the highest  political level to publicly restate this principle of individual criminal responsibility. The political leadership must take a strong stance against hate speech and ensure that police officers continue to be deployed in sufficient numbers to protect Roma neighbourhoods from threats of retribution and harassment. Recently, anti-Roma demonstrations have also taken place in Hungary and the Czech Republic. In all three countries, political parties with extreme nationalist views have reportedly seized the opportunity to stoke up anti-Roma prejudice. In such an atmosphere, inter-ethnic tensions rise, and Roma risk becoming scapegoats of broader dissatisfaction. Such hostility adds to the challenges which millions of Roma in Europe face in realisation of their economic, social and cultural rights, including education, health and, particularly, employment. We encourage the EU and European States to adopt and implement socially inclusive policies to end the long-standing discrimination against Roma communities in Europe.





Schengen will have to wait

3 10 2011

Finland and Netherlands blocked Sept. 22 the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the passport-free Schengen area.  Thegoverments of Finland and Netherlands argue that for an efficient entry into Schengen, both countrie
s should improve the judiciary system, fighting corruption and organized crime. The blocked is not definitive; the issue will be discussed again at the EU summit to be held this month.

When Bulgaria and Romania joined to the European Union in 2007, the EU members promised them a place in Schengen. However, some members consider these two countries aren´t ready to open their borders to the rest EU. Jerzy Miller,

Interior Minister of Poland –whose country holds the EU´s rotating presidency,-  have declared that Bulgaria and Romania had made “huge progress”. But it seems there still are not enough improvements, at least that´s the opinion of Finland and Netherlands.

“Imagine you have a door with eight of the best locks in the world. But before that door is standing someone who lets everybody in, then you have a problem,” said Dutch Immigration Minister Gerd Leers.

Most of members support the integration in two phases without preset dates. A first step would involve the opening of air and sea borders. And second, open the land borders.

It´s not the first time European Union have had problems with Schengen area this year. France and Italy tried to limit the freedom to travel inside Europe at the beginning of the year, when a lot of immigrants from Tunisia arrived to the Italian coast.

In the image below you can check the current situation of Schengen area:

I was in one of Bulgarian´s borders last week. Especifically in the frontier with Turkey where you have to pass a lot of controls. It was a really annoying experience.

You can hear below the opinion of Andrej Hocevar, one of the persons who was travelling with me.