Dupnitsa can offer a very clear perspective for the realization of young people in the field of archaeological, religious and ski tourism - a consensus on this was reached among secondary-school graduates from the town of Dupnitsa with President of the Municipal Council Ivaylo Konstantinov during the discussion on opportunities for the young in their native city. The meeting was jointly organized by the Economic and Social Council (ESC) and the Municipality of Dupnitsa and is part of a subsequent ESC campaign in the country. The reason for it is the analysis of ESC "Migration attitudes of secondary school graduates in Bulgaria," which amounted to some disturbing conclusions about the preferences of young people from small towns to go to bigger cities, and from there - abroad. The campaign aims to meet local authorities with young people and in direct dialogue to seek solutions together for the realization of young people in their place of origin. The meeting in Dupnitsa was the third one following those in Samokov and Kazanlak. Professor Lalko Dulevski, PhD - President of the ESC, in his presentation stressed that only through direct communication with the local government, which should be open and available to inform young people about the prospects in their native settlement, is it possible to change young people's attitudes to migration.

Over 60 secondary-school students had the opportunity to engage into direct dialogue with the President of the Municipal Council of Dupnitsa and propose their ideas and solutions to problems in the municipality, which would make them stay, live and work in their hometown. Students offered reasonable and interesting ideas, such as to build a high-tech enterprise in Dupnitsa, which would bring good income for those who work there; Dupnitsa to build a museum with wax figures of characters from D. Dimov's /note: the famous writer lived as a child in Dupnitsa/ novel "Тютюн (Tobacco)" which would be an attraction for tourists; students offered to the municipality to provide them with materials, and they would volunteer to clean and cultivate the area around the church "St. Spas", etc.



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