The second course of the National Programme “Governing Skills”, dedicated to regional development and local self-government, began today at the Riu Hotel in Pravets. The participants presented their ideas for improving the investment effectiveness in education in Bulgaria. They were divided into four groups – representatives of government, business, universities and students. The group assignments were evaluated by a special jury, which includes experts from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, universities, NGOs and representatives of political parties.
Another focus of the program was the lecture by Yavor Dzhonev, who presented the “Dialogue for the Future” initiative and approaches and strategies for reform in the education system.
During the seminar, the participants will discuss the role of parties and their policies at the local level, will talk about public policy and mechanisms for combating corruption, and will address issues of local governance and decentralization. Students will learn about the structure and principles of municipal budget.
At the course, two debates between the mayors and councilors from different political parties will be held. They will discuss the coordination between local party structures and party Headquarters, as well as local structures and local authorities.