Transit Stop Bulgaria - work with migrant children, unaccompanied children and young people, The "Let's fulfill (im)possible dreams" Project (Webinar in English)

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Date of webinar: 
28 Feb 2020
Start and finish time of webinar: 
1.00 - 2.00 pm CET
Krasimira Zaneva
Sultan Habibi
Maria Kazasova

Krasimira Zaneva holds a degree in Music Pedagogy from the Music and Dance Academy, Plovdiv, and Music Therapy from the National Academy of Music, Sofia. She worked for 4 years as a music teacher. She has been working at the State Refugee Agency since 2016. on the territory of three Registration and Reception Centers for refugees in Sofia. She organizes activities related to adaptation and cultural orientation of asylum seekers.

Sultan Habibi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has lived in Bulgaria for 30 years. He has a degree in psychology and has been working as a translator for 4 years at the State Agency for Refugees.

Maria Kazasova is a representative of Caritas Sofia. During the last three years she has been working on projects of the organization related to the provision of non-formal educational and entertainment activities for children from 0 to 18 years old on the territory of one of the centers for accommodation of asylum seekers in Sofia.

Valentina Nikolaeva is a clinical psychologist working with choildren and families. Part of KHC's team./

Know-How Centre for the Alternative Care for Children as part of the New Bulgarian University

The webinar is intended for professionals in the field of mental health and social work.

Webinar goals:

Every year hundreds of unaccompanied children and young people from Asian countries transit through Bulgaria legally or illegally. Usually, they are from Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq. Unaccompanied youths and migrants who cross Bulgaria do not stay for long. Their goal is to join their family or relatives in a Western European country. Bulgaria is just a stop on their way. This poses a number of challenges to the people from the state institutions and NGOs who care for these children during their stay in Bulgaria.

Together with representatives of the State Refugee Agency, Caritas Foundation and New Bulgarian University, we invite you to a discussion of these challenges posed before us as professionals in social work professions. We will look for an answer to the following questions: Do children and young migrants dream? What are their dreams? How can Eastern thinking find understanding and a home in Western culture? Where in the East-West continuum are we, the people from the Balkans?

The "Let's Fulfill (Im)Possible Dreams" project is funded by the Justice Programme of the European Commission and implemented by the Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children, NBU, in partnership with the National Employment Agency, Sofia Municipality and Stara Zagora Municipality.

Discussion Moderator: Radostina Antonova holds a Master's Degree in Psychology from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "and is currently a doctoral student at St. Kliment Ohridski University, Department of Sociology. She works as a researcher and project coordinator at the Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children, New Bulgarian University.

The webinar will be held on February 28th, 2020 from 2 pm to 3 pm EET.

If you would like to participate, please register by clicking the Sign Up for Webinar button. On the day before the webinar you will receive an email with a link to the virtual room where the webinar will be held. On the day and time of the webinar, click on this link and follow the instructions.

This project is funded by: