We want institutions to come to us, to our schools and talk about our future realization in Kazanlak, but come as friends, not as "institutions". These words belong to a young man who graduated from high school this year in the town of roses during the discussion on the implementation of young people in their place of origin. The meeting with more than 100 students from all secondary schools in the town together with their teachers and principals was organized by the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria (ESC) and the municipality of Kazanlak. It was attended by Prof. Lalko Dulevski, PhD - Chairman of the ESC, Deputy Mayor of Kazanlak Lilia Tsonkova, the President of the Bulgarian Union of Teachers and ESC member Yanka Takeva, ESC Vice-President Prof. Neno Pavlov, Director of Directorate "Labour" Iliana Zhekova, Engineer Vladimir Chuchumishev, head of technical development at the "Arsenal" AD and coordinator of the Regional Academic Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Kazanlak, Rumyana Toneva from the Ministry of Education, representatives of the Centre for Vocational Guidance and other public figures.

Professor Dulevski, PhD presented an ESC study of the attitudes among secondary school graduates towards migration and posed the main question - what young people would like and what the municipalities and businesses can offer in order to preserve human potential in the city. Deputy Mayor Tsonkova presented to the students the youth initiatives and policies of the municipality and Iliana Zhekova invited the young people in the Labour Office to receive consultancy on issues and preferences for future work. From the point of view of businesses, Engineer Vladimir Chuchumishev posed two very important questions. In his opinion, the link between businesses and schools, which have drawn so much attention recently, is broken and the state has withdrawn from this commitment. He pointed out the presence of an acute lack of employees in the largest enterprise in the city - "Arsenal".

In turn, the students said that they lack important information about opportunities and vocational guidance during the months before they leave school. They want to talk to the institutions about their own problems, but using their language and at their level, so they invited the institutions to come and visit them in schools as their friends. According to students, the remuneration for unskilled labour abroad is higher than the remuneration for highly skilled labour in Bulgaria - and indicated that this is a motive for choosing where to work and live. Teachers laid emphasis on family education and family environment that builds the personality of young people. Many families leave their children in the custody of grandparents to raise them and travel to work abroad. This was given as example by a young teacher from the town and she asked how these children will receive appropriate education and professional orientation. This is a result from the economic migration even from the town like Kazanlak, where the average unemployment rate in October was about 6% and is far lower than in larger towns and regional centres in the country.



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The main goal of ESC's operation is to enable different representatives of organised civil society to feel free to state their views whereas unanimity on matters of common interest is encouraged. The Council expresses and protects civil society interests by communicating agreed statements and proposals submitted by its members to the executive and legislative authorities.

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