The EUROCLIO project in Bulgaria has its focus on school history and would like to develop an increased intercultural and also international dimension in the learning and teaching of history in this country. The target group is a wide network of historians and history educators which include history teachers, history teacher trainers, textbook authors, curriculum developers, inspectors, advisors and local authorities on the learning and teaching of history.The overall aim is to strengthen the international context of an inclusive Bulgarian history education in order to support the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union.
The impact of this project on the society is difficult to measure. There remains a distinctly polarised opinion toward minorities, particularly the Roma, provoked by political forces and the media. Although an innovative textbook on the history of everyday life, migration and multicultural history has been created, sensitive and controversial historical episodes and issues could not yet be addressed properly because the environment hasn’t been ready for this. The issue of intolerance has been growing over the past years and has been intensified by the economic crisis. 25 percent of the respondents on the questionnaire stated they found it difficult to apply the innovative materials that respect diversity in a practical sense.
Overall, still considerable improvement in Bulgarian history education needs to be accomplished. Therefore, the BGHTA is continuing to develop worksheets, in collaboration with other regions in Bulgaria, using Fair and Balanced History as an exemplary model.
Rumyana Kusheva (President of BGHTA), Milena Platnikova (Project Manager of the Bulgarian History Teachers’ Assocation), Dr. Penka Kostadinova (Vice‐president of BGHTA), Dr. Penka Stoyanova (History teacher), Senior Assistant Violeta Stoicheva (teacher‐trainer), Assoc. Prof. Kostadin Paev (Associate professor in methodology of training history), Roumen Andreev (teacher), Sue Benet (teacher trainer), Dr. Yossane Vela (lecturer and teacher trainer), Tamara Eidelmann (Russian history teacher), Ineke Veldhuis‐Meester (teacher trainer in History), Assoc. Prof. Veselin Yanchev (Professor in History), Tamara Eidelman (Russian history teacher), Milena Platnikova (BGHTA), Bistra Stiomenova (teacher trainer), Nikola Tsvetkova (teacher trainer), Emilia Dimitrova (history teacher), Dafina Nikolova (history teacher), Dimcho Doikov (history/ICT teacher), Emilia Dimitrova (history teacher), Emila Katova (history teacher), Lyubomira Pankovska (history teacher), Milka Dimitrova (regional coordinator of BGHTA), Maria Benova (history teacher), Nikolai Chakurov (history teacher), Nikolinka Popyordanova (history teacher), Petya Georgieva (history teacher), Radostina Novakova (head of regional inspectorate of education), Todor Zarkov (history teacher), Toshko Hristov (history teacher), Valentina Yordanova (historian)