The Economic and Social Council and the Municipality of Samokov organized a discussion-meeting with students completing their secondary education about the opportunities for realization of young people in the region. The aim of the discussion was to create the opportunity for a frank conversation between the local authorities and the young people about the future development of the municipality and their professional and work placement in the area.

Young people need to know what the future of the region is, do they have the opportunity to find realization here, how to build their personal strategies for their own future, how to choose the most appropriate profession or qualification to take advantage the workforce shortages, businesses say exist in Samokov. This was said by Prof. Dr. Lalko Dulevski, ESC President, at the opening of the meeting and reminded that the idea of ​​ESC and its studies on migratory attitudes among graduates of secondary education is to support the dialogue between decision makers and young people who have valuable and useful ideas. If we convince even one person that he has a future in his native place, we will have achieved a small but valuable goal, said the President of the ESC.

Yanka Takeva, a member of the ESC and a chair of the Bulgarian Union of Teachers, stressed that the regional development and development of the regional educational infrastructure are aimed at precisely giving young people new and wider opportunities to remain, work and develop in their native places. She also recommended the importance of dual vocational education, which allows for the quickest integration of young people into the labour market. The idea for the meeting-discussion was also welcomed by the deputy mayor of Samokov - Luba Klenova, and the head of the Regional office for the management of education - Rositsa Ivanova.

Around 70 future graduates took an active part in the discussion. Divided into work groups, they presented their ideas on how to improve secondary education, how to develop Samokov and what motivated them to remain, work and live in the region. Some of their proposals were mostly related to their desire to have more good quality jobs with good remuneration. This motive is confirmed in the two surveys made by the ESC so far about the migratory attitudes of graduates of secondary education across the country. Young people even suggested that the Municipality should have a special programme to attract investors to create good quality jobs. They emphasized that most of them have intentions to continue their education elsewhere but would return if they really have a chance to find realization, if the city offered them more cultural and other leisure activities, and if the standard of living improves. Future graduates pointed out that a good quality job does not mean having a diploma and qualification and being appointed, but a job that brings you public prestige and pleasure, a job where the employer has a good and dignified attitude towards you. Students who will graduate from school in the spring of next year recommended to reform secondary education to create conditions for more practical knowledge, better career development, open dialogue with young people on all issues.

ESC will continue its initiative for organising meetings with young people, local authorities and businesses. Just a week ago, such a meeting also took place in Dupnitsa, where more than 100 secondary education graduates took part in direct dialogue with the local authorities about their future realization.



is the “bridge” between citizens and the national government. Its mission is to support such “bridging” so as to facilitate the communication between the society and the national government. It is the new and modern institution of the civil dialogue.

The ESC's mission is to promote civil society organisations access to and involvement in the process of decision-making on strategic economic and social issues.

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