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STUDENTS FROM THE NATIONAL TRADE AND BANKING HIGH SCHOOL - SOFIA: WE DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE BULGARIA BUT WE WANT TO LEAD BETTER LIVES

We do not want to leave Bulgaria, but we want to live in a country where there is order, where laws are implemented where the best professionals are appointed because they are good, where there are enough good-quality jobs. We want our children to grow and learn in a better environment than us. We know that in our country we cannot get very high salaries, especially early in our careers, but money is not everything. This is what the graduates of the National Trade and Banking High School said when the Economic and Social Council (ESC) held a meeting with them to discuss together what could keep them in Bulgaria for their studies and working lives.

Students also demanded profound changes in education. There is no reason in the last years of our secondary education to be burdened with 20 disciplines - most of which we do not need. By this time we have already decided what subjects we would like to apply with for higher education institutions it would be more useful to prepare for entrance examinations and our future profession, students also recommended. According to them, the learning process should involve more practical activities, more role-playing games. What is needed is a stronger motivation of students to learn, and an even stronger motivation of teachers to improve their teaching, they recommended.

Graduates from the elite Sofia school showed particular social sensitivity and ranked among the conditions to remain and work in Bulgaria the need for reforming the pension system, which will provide "more equitable and dignified income when we will reach retirement age." They want more economic development and political stability.

In the meeting participated Prof. Lalko Dulevski, PhD - President of the ESC, Yanka Takeva - Member of the ESC and Chairman of the Bulgarian Union of Teachers and the Principal the of National Trade and Banking School - Emilia Ivanova. The meeting was the fifth meeting of the ESC campaign in the country lanched as a result to ESC's survey conducted during the summer to study "Migration trends among young secondary school graduates in Bulgaria." The aim of the campaign is for young people to learn about future opportunities for personal development, while ESC could examine their demands, hopes, moods and especially recommendations for change.

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