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Who we are?

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Mission

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Objectives

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Why media literacy?

The Media Literacy Coalition brings together organizations in the fields of education, journalism and civic participation, academics and media literacy experts.

The Coalition is open to joining all organizations that support the mission and are active in the field of education.
The Coalition works to integrate media literacy fully into the educational process and to increase media literacy in society.

The aim is to develop critical thinking and creativity, first of all, for children and young people in the digital-media world, but also for all other age groups in Bulgaria.
  • Developing digital media literacy from the beginning to the end of the educational process.
  • Building partnerships and cooperation with all organizations and institutions relevant to education and media literacy in Bulgaria (ministries, non-governmental organizations, media, etc.).
  • Promoting the importance of digital media literacy among different target groups (parents, teachers, media and the general public).
  • Media literacy helps children to:
  • Develop critical thinking and teamwork skills that benefit them both in the virtual and in the real world.
  • Understand how the various media messages are shaped and what the goals are.
  • Recognize false and manipulated information and false suggestions.
  • Use the wealth of information to learn, educate and develop.
  • Protect themselves from online abuse.
  • Become full participants, not just consumers in today's information and media environment.
  • Express positions on various issues that concern them.
  • Management Board


     

    Christina Christova

    Chairwoman


    Kristina Hristova is a chairwoman of the Media Literacy Coalition in Education. Until September 2018, she is the director of the Red House Center for Culture and Debate. Christina is one of the founders and chairwoman of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria from November 2010 until September 2016. For many years she was leading the website of the daily Dnevnik, dedicated to European issues – Europe.Dnevnik. For her work as a journalist on European issues, she has been awarded three times by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria with the Robert Schumann Award, in the category of internet media. She holds a degree in International Relations from Sofia, Political Science and Political Sociology in Paris.

    Yoana Marinova

    Vice Chairwoman


    Yoana Marinova is a member of the Board of Directors of the Media Literacy Coalition in Education. She graduated with honors in International Relations and Economics from the University of Toronto, as well as a Harvard management program. Yoana taught media literacy and media production for economic and cultural development over 10 years in the United States.
    Yoana is the recipient of the United Nations award from the Universal Cultural Forum in Spain, the Harvard Harbus Award for Excellence in Journalism and Education, and a citation from the State of Massachusetts for achievements in the work with young people.
    After more than 20 years, she returned to Bulgaria to serve as a Chief Operating Officer at the Creative Training Center. Her work with the CCT is aimed at modernizing the Bulgarian educational system by integrating classroom technologies and teacher development.

    Antoaneta Vasileva


    Antoaneta Vasileva is the Coordinator of the Safe Internet Advisory Line and is responsible for the Digital and Media Literacy Program at the Parents Association, part of the National Safe Internet Center. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations. She specialized in international law and human rights in Sweden, with a special focus on women's rights and human rights in Montreal, Canada.
    Ms. Vassileva has over 16 years of experience in the prevention and support of children and women, and the protection of their rights, as well as in development of policies to combat human trafficking, for prevention and direct support for victims. Antoaneta Vassileva is a member of the Expert Group on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings.

    Georgi Apostolov


    Georgi Apostolov runs the National Center for Safe Internet, coordinated by the Applied Research and Communications Foundation and the Parents Association. An essential part of the Safe Internet Center, whose mission is to protect children from online threats, is designing and implementation of training and educational methodologies for developing digital-media literacy for children.
    He is a co-author of various training methodologies for children, teachers and parents and regularly leads trainings on Internet safety, media literacy and digital skills. He has over 15 years of experience as a journalist at BTA and a number of print publications and he is one of the initiators of the Coalition for media literacy in education.

    Evelina Blagoeva


    Radio DJ and TV presenter. Evelina has been a part of the Radio FM+ team since the creation of the radio to this day. She was also the program director of Radio FM+, Radio Star FM. She has hosted a number of TV formats, including the show "I Love Bulgaria" on Nova TV. Founder of the media platform for kids on Radio Family. Founder of the Voice of Children Foundation, whose main purpose is to build a network of school media, united in a common media portal - Teen Station.
    "I believe that young people in Bulgaria deserve a better media alternative, and that with our help they can create one. This is the most inspiring and important project I've worked on. Over the years, radio and television have let me meet exceptional professionals and I am happy that they are now on the project's mentoring team."

    Rumen Bakalov


    Rumen Bakalov is a member of the Management Board of the Media Literacy Coalition. He has been a part of the coalition for 1 year. He is the founder of a software company Uchilishta.bg, which offers educational and administrative software to school institutions. Rumen has 5 years of experience in working with teachers and students and over 6 years of experience in managing commercial sites in Sofia, representing an American tech giant.

    Nikoleta Daskalova


    Nikoleta Daskalova is a member of the Managing Board of the Media Literacy Coalition and an analyst at the Media Democracy Foundation. Author of numerous studies in the field of media monitoring, pluralism and structural processes in the Bulgarian media environment. She is the co-author of “Being a Journalist: State of the Profession” (2017) and "The Language of Hate in Bulgaria: Risk Areas, Vulnerable Sites" (2016). With experience in preparing seminars for schoolchildren, university students and civic activists on topics related to media culture.

    Members

    Iva Boneva

    Executive Director, Center for Inclusive Education


    Founder and CEO of the ELA Shared Learning Association (formerly Center for Inclusive Education). She holds a Master‘s Degree in Social Development and Social Policy from the University of Manchester, UK and a PhD in Social Pedagogy from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ". She gained her experience in the fields of social policy and social development by working for the United Nations Development Program, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children Fund, as well as for Bulgarian NGOs.
    Iva is one of the founders and a member of the Board of the Bulgarian Platform for International Development, a member of the Board of the Division of International Special Education and Services, a scholar under the Chevening Program of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a scholarship recipient from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was also honoured by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria for outstanding contribution and service to the protection of the rights of the child.

    Ivan Radev


    Ivan Radev is a member of the Management Board of the Association of European Journalists -Bulgaria and the leader of the project "Media Literacy in the Classroom". He has over 10 years of journalistic practice. Ivan graduated Balkan Studies at Sofia University and is closely following the development of societies in Southeastern Europe. He knows Romanian and has been a correspondent for Bulgaria for the Romanian national news agency Agerpress for five years.

    Prof. Nelly Ognyanova


    Nelly Ognyanova is a lawyer. Doctor of Laws (1985). In the late 1990s she became the first head of the newly established European Studies Department at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”, where she has been working so far. Doctor of Science (2006), Professor (2009). Nelly Ognyanova teaches Media Law, writes in the field of Media Law, participates in drafting media legislation (1998, 2000, 2006, 2010, etc.) She introduces teaching of European Media Law in Bulgaria. She was a member of the media regulator, the electronic communications regulator and the ethics committee of the Bulgarian media.

    Prof. Georgi Lozanov

    Director of the Cultural Communications Directorate at BTA


    Georgi Lozanov is a Bulgarian media and journalism expert, founding member of the Media Democracy Foundation and director of the Cultural Communications Directorate at the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).
    Associate Professor at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University (since 1994). Guest lecturer at the New Bulgarian University, National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “Kr. Sarafov”, Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski.
    Head of the Department of Printing and Book Publishing at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”(1995-1998 and 2004-2010). A member of the first media regulatory body in Bulgaria since its foundation (1997-2001): the National Council for Radio and Television, from the president‘s quota.
     

    Prof. Orlin Spasov


    Orlin Spasov is the Executive Director of Media Democracy Foundation and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University. Spasov teaches Media and Communication Studies, Internet Culture, Media and the European Public Sphere, and more. His most recent publications include the co-authorship of the book “Being a Journalist: State of the Profession” (2017) and “The Language of Hate in Bulgaria: Risk Areas, Vulnerable Sites” (2016). Spasov is the author of “Sports and Politics: Media Rituals, Power Games” (2013), “Transition and the Media: Representation Policies” (2000) as well as compiler and co-compiler of more than fifteen books.

    Martin Dimitrov


    Martin Dimitrov has been a correspondent in Bulgaria for Balkan Insight, an English-language regional media portal, since January 2018. He is also the editor of the English-language magazine Kapital Quarterly, which is published every three months by Economedia. He has previously written for three years for Capital Weekly, covering domestic and foreign policy areas. He graduated politics at the University of Glasgow, UK in 2014.

    Ivana Popova


    In 2020 Ivana Popova graduated from the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, specializing in Communication. She has been actively involved in digital communications for three years, and has been a manager of “Social Media Management” at the global Dentsu Aegis Network Bulgaria. Ivana is the creator of the Media Literacy for Positive Youth Development program for students aged 13-15, with a focus on media literacy and fact-checking in a digital environment, critical thinking and misinformation. The class was held in March 2019 at the Second English Language School Thomas Jefferson in Sofia with 203 8th grade students.

    Prof. Daniel Danov


    Danail Danov is Associate Professor of Media Science, Media Pedagogy and Media Literacy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ". His career development is related to work in the field of journalism, media, academic and practical training, and applied research in the field of communication. For ten years he was program director of the Center for Media Development, Sofia, twice was elected a member of the Board of the Bulgarian National Radio. He has participated in and managed dozens of national and international media projects.
    Author of the books "Media Communication Pedagogy", "Children and the Media", "Effective Communication Pedagogy", "Information Radio – А Look inside", "Media Literacy: Genesis, Rethinking Experience, Challenges and Perspectives".

    Iglika Ivanova


    Iglika Ivanova is a PhD student for the first year in the Department of European Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski", majoring in Media Policy and EU Law. In 2003 she graduated from the National Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" and since 2005 has been working in Internet media. In 2018, she completed an “E-Europe” Master's Degree with a master's thesis on The Role of Video Games in Media Literacy, and then focused on investigating the responsibility of online platforms and measures to eliminate illegal and harmful online content on a European Union scale.
    Iglika has many years of experience in creating and distributing media and advertising content, and in the early 2019 joined the editorial staff of the weekly online journal Toest. She takes as a personal cause the mission of the Media Literacy Coalition.

    Ralitsa Kovacheva


    Ralitsa Kovacheva is a doctor of journalism and a lecturer in international journalism at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". She has published two books: “Center and Periphery of the Europeanized Public Spheres” (2017) and “The Mediated Dimension of Foreign Policy” (co-authored with Prof. Maria Neykova, 2017). She has worked as a journalist at BNT, FM Radio Plus, among the creators of the tv channels Re:TV and BiT.

    Evelina Zdravkova


    Dr. Evelina Lyubomirova Zdravkova-Velichkova defended her thesis "Intellectual Law Aspects in the Media Industry" at the University of Library Science and Information Technology - Sofia. For more than 20 years she has been an active journalist in the Maritza newspaper, the largest non-metropolitan daily in Bulgaria, published in Plovdiv. She works as a reporter, team leader and editor-in-chief of the web site www.marica.bg. She is currently a chief expert in Research and International Relations at the University of Library and Information Technology - Sofia. Since 1995 she has been a member of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists and a member of the Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria and the International Network Intellectual Property Teachers in Bulgaria. She is a member of the University Youth Academy of Knowledge Management.

    Evi Karageorgоu


    Evi worked in the field of media literacy in England and Slovenia for 3 years, then she decided to return to Bulgaria and apply here the lessons learned through the Coalition. In England, she worked on projects that, through documentary, develop media literacy and critical thinking among young people, and in Slovenia she was a producer of the country's largest youth cinema festival. Under the projects she took part in, young people were introduced to human rights topics and analysis of current political issues.
    Evi has graduated European Studies in Slovenia and Cultural Policy in Slovenia and Belgium. She continues to study cultural policies in southern Europe and how film art reflects socio-political problems in the region.

    Dimitrina Papagalska


    Dimitrina Papagalska is a PhD in Economics. Since 2015, she has been giving lectures as a part-time lecturer at the University for National and World Economy on intellectual property, creative industries and television industries. From 2018 she has been an assistant, after successfully defending his dissertation on the topic "Intellectual Property Business in the Television Industry" ".
    She works as a consultant on intellectual property and organizational knowledge at the Creative Training Center.
    She has over 7 years of experience in project management and administration, as well as in organizing and coordinating trainings and events.

    Ph.D Lilia Lozanova


    Ph.D Lilia Lozanova is a lecturer at Shumen University "Bishop Konstantin Preslavski" and associate professor of media pedagogy since November 2017. Her scientific research is about media education and student's values. She has two published books for these topics - "Student's Values in the Media Society" (2016) and "Highlights in Media Education" (2017).

    Her scientific publications are related to media literacy, media education, mobile training and the study of student's values, etc. Associate professor Lozanova is a journalist with nearly 20 years of experience in regional, national and international media (Russell Media Bulgaria). She has won various journalistic awards and in the recent years has won prizes in in the national b2 journalism competition "Green Pen" .

    Organizations


    Association of European journalists - Bulgaria

    +359884362843


    We are here because we are necessary. We are a professional community of journalists, part of the Association of European Journalists, an independent observer of the Council of Europe. Our goal is to work to improve the media environment and the quality of journalism in Bulgaria and to support journalists who are prevented from doing (freely) their work. The Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria (AEG-Bulgaria) is a non-profit association registered for public benefit. The organization was established in 2010.

    The Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre

    02973 3000


    The Bulgarian Center for Safe Internet has been operating for 12 years with the partial financial support of the European programs "Safe Internet" and since 2014 - "Better Internet for Children". It is coordinated by the NGO Applied Research and Communications Foundation in partnership with the Parents Association and the DeConу Advertising Agency.

    UCHILISHTA.BG

    +359 883 34 85 58


    The team of the educational portal "Uchilishta.bg" gathers people with different experience, outlook and vision. We are teachers, students, parents and all who have and want to share. We build on our own experience and strive to combine in a working tradition and successful innovation. Join us, share your good news or practice, to stand together for our common goal: "To have a school and a kindergarten with a real foundation that everyone could build and develop according to their opinion and outlook."

    Teen Station


    An independent media that brings together students from all over the country. Teen Station's various podcasts reach hundreds of regular listeners on popular platforms such as Spotify, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, and the teenstation.net website generates several thousand unique hits per month. The network of schools and students joining the media team is constantly growing. In addition to Sofia, Teen Station has active authors in Plovdiv, Ruse, Blagoevgrad, Smolyan.
     

    ELA Association for Shared Learning

    +359 2870 20 63


    We believe that every child must be involved and valued. Association for Shared Learning ELA is an organization that has been supporting child development for over 20 years now. Our efforts are now focused on supporting children and young people in the process of learning and going their own way. We also work together with schools, parents and teachers who consciously support children to build their social and emotional skills.

    Red House Center for Culture and Debate

    0885 828 532


    Since its opening in 2004, the Center for Culture and Debate "The Red House" Andrey Nikolov has established itself as the home of independent artists in Bulgaria and a place where the most important and relevant social, political and cultural issues are discussed freely.
    The Center is the first space for public debate and the first independent space for art, culture, social practices and psychodrama in Bulgaria.

    Center for Creative Training

    0882 506 425


    We are experts in the field of educational technology, teacher training and are the only representative of Space Camp Turkey in Bulgaria. We are constantly seeking and sharing worldwide experience to support the quality change in Bulgarian education.

    Media Democracy Foundation


    The Media Democracy Foundation was founded in 2007. Its main objective is to promote the democratic functioning of the media environment in Bulgaria.
    The mission of the Foundation is based on the conviction that transparency and providing a critical perspective on the phenomena in the media are fundamental prerequisites for the development of democratic publicity.
     

    Puklyovtsite


    Puklyovtsite are digital educational games of a new generation and a methodology to them that help the teachers develop teamwork skills in their students and unite their class.

    Association for Career Development and Training


    We set ourselves the high goal of expanding young people's prospects for a successful career.
    Our programs develop communication skills, leadership, teamwork, initiative, entrepreneurship and other social skills and competences. We define media literacy as a key skill in the 21st century.
    We work with all formal educational institutions to add value to the educational process.

    Sofia Development Association


    The Sofia Development Association is a resource center for research, analysis, innovation and experimentation that creates the conditions and fosters ongoing dialogue between civil society, business, the metropolitan municipality and academic institutions. The Sofia Development Association team believes that in today's digital age, media literacy is a key competency for civic and political participation and is linked to other competencies that promote both knowledge and values that are in line with EU fundamental principles.

    Partners

    Civil Action Network

    +359 88 88 16 830


    BlueLink is an established non-profit organization with the aim of developing the capacity of progressive civil society and supporting democracy, environmentally sustainable development and the implementation of the values of a united Europe. BlueLink accomplishes its goal by promoting the strategic use of the internet, public journalism, research and advocacy for the policies that shape them.

    Zaedno v chas/Teach For Bulgaria

    +359 02 988 06 88


    OUR VISION FOR EDUCATION IN BULGARIA
    is for every child to have access to quality education – regardless of where they live, which school they go to, and what the financial ability of their parents is.

    TEACH FOR BULGARIA'S MISSION
    is to recruit, train, and develop capable and motivated professionals who are committed to work long-term towards positive change in education in Bulgaria.

    National Network for Children

    02 988 82 07


    OUR MISSION
    The National Network for Children advocates for the rights and well-being of children by bringing together and developing a broad, socially relevant network of organizations and supporters.

    OUR GOALS
  • Development of policies for children and families;
  • Changing public attitudes towards the rights of the child;
  • Development of a model for participation of children;
  • Development of a National Network for Children;
  • Increasing its capacity;
  • Promoting the public image of the National Network for Children.
  • Ucha v Plovdiv/I study in Plovdiv

    0887271712


    We are experts in the field of educational technology, teacher training and are the only representative of Space Camp Turkey in Bulgaria. We are constantly seeking and sharing worldwide experience to support the quality change in Bulgarian education.
     

    Envision

    0892 208 167


    Envision is a software system designed to facilitate teachers in their work and aims to address the two main problems in primary education, namely the lack of resources that can be allocated to classroom equipment and the lack of interest in science in children.
    To achieve this, the system is designed to ensure the active participation of each student in the learning process through the efficient use of resources. The product is divided into three main parts - presentation, administrative and public portal.

    THE STORKS Association for Culture and Involvement

    +359 877 85 77 33


    THE STORKS social project is related to the full socialization and improvement of the quality of life of children with special educational needs through interactive education, stimulation and expression of their creative potential. All its activities are focused on creating an effective model for social and cultural interaction based on the concept of "helping children with children".

    DigitalKidZ®

    +359 2 405 30 34


    The Digital Children Foundation is a non-profit legal entity registered in accordance with Bulgarian and international law, as well as in cooperation with Bulgarian, foreign and international organizations and institutions pursuing related goals and professing related values.

    Parents Association

    02 944 17 99


    Our mission is: To encourage parents to be the best parents they can be, and support their children to become the best adults they can become.
    Our main goals are: To develop and promote the idea of parenthood as a fundamental spiritual value in society and the family as a natural environment for the upbringing of children.

    Applied Research and Communications Foundation

    +359 2 973 3000


    Applied Research and Communications Foundation is a non-profit organization established in Sofia in 1991 with the aim of:
  • supporting international and interregional cooperation and enhancing the capacity of non-governmental organizations and public-private agencies, building on the opportunities offered by new media and information technologies;
  • contributing to the development of a knowledge-based society in Southeast European countries;
  • promoting competitiveness and economic growth in the region by promoting innovative solutions and facilitating the transfer of new technologies and know-how.