On January 30, 2018, UN Global Compact Network Bulgaria, launched its National Action Plan for the European Pact for Youth. Altogether, 27 Bulgarian organisations joined the Bulgarian National Action Plan implementing the objectives of the Pact.
The National Action Plan focuses on eight action priority areas aiming to improve the quality of education, teacher training, active involvement of companies and parents in the management of educational institutions, personalised education and early professional orientation for each child. The Bulgarian document is one of the 24 national plans adopted, as part of the Pact for Youth.
The Bulgarian action plan involves all key stakeholders: teachers, students, parents, schools and universities, companies and branch organisations as well as non-governmental organisations, are set out in the National Plan.
“The world is changing, the youth is changing, education is changing, business is changing, too. Young people expect their work to make sense, to bring benefits for society”, said Jacques Spelkens, a member of the board of CRS Europe.
The Pact for Youth, initiated by CSR Europe and the European Commission, aims to improve the professional opportunities for young people through creating business-education partnerships and providing new traineeships or entry-level jobs.
The National Action Plan is an invitation for partnerships and forthcoming collaborations, an open call to all stakeholders.
“The responsible business is a force for good: its role is to be innovative not only in the services and products it offers, but also to work for the benefit of society by recognising the challenges, seeking, investing, experimenting and offering solutions”, said Ognian Trajanov, Chairman of the UN Global Compact Network Bulgaria.
As the first step in its implementation, he pointed out:
“Our main approach is to work with the branch organisations who would recognise the key professions for their industry, to combine their efforts with the professional organizations and then work together with the youth – to attract their interest, to gain their trust and then help for the proper education and development of future experts.”