2018: Better understand and use the technology
In 2018, Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation for the first time was the national partner for the ALL DIGITAL Week.
Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation (GLBF) is a non-profit organization established in 2013 as a successor of the BMGF’s programme Bulgarian Libraries – Access Points to Information and Communication for All. GLBF goal is to enhance information literacy, life-long learning, local communities’ development and civil society participation by providing favorable conditions for equal access to information.
GLBF has a network of more than 900 libraries, and its main partners for the ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 were 16 Regional Libraries (working in 16 different regions of Bulgaria). They in their turn reached hundreds of school, college and university students and adults through promotional campaigns in their cities and regions, and conducting variety of activities.
For the ALL DIGITAL Week 2018, several types of events and activities were organized: e-skills testing and IT career guidance training, seminars on online safety and online skills for people over 60, meetings with the representatives of Bulgarian Tax Agency, Regional Police forces involved in online crime and violence prevention and their NGO partners, lectures for school kids for basic programming skills using different types of robots, 3D technologies, debates with students on “Developing Critical Thinking and Media Literacy. Realizing and combating fake news, hate speech, and social media abuse”, discussions on internet safety, practical training on working with digital devices, and other workshops and webinars.
There were two main focuses in the campaign: robotics and “Developing Critical Thinking and Media Literacy. Realizing and combating fake news, hate speech, and social media abuse”. The first highlight was based on the need of presenting the coding and ICT to children in an attractive and involving way, while the second topic is a part of ongoing discussion in media and society in Europe.
GLBF is mostly proud of the involvement in discussions of the high school students and their teachers.
The other thing they are proud of is the participation of 16 out of 26 Regional Libraries in Bulgaria which shows their understanding of the needs of their visitors and, as they say, friends (the topics for the activities were chosen by the libraries themselves).
During the campaign in Bulgaria, 17 partners organised 56 events for 1,000 participants.
Contact: Viktoria Bitzova-Stoyanova