On December 18th several departments at the New Bulgarian University came together and organized a special event honoring 30 years since the fall of communism. The history, art, music and philosophy departments produced an exciting event which was attended by more than 50 people with various professional and personal background. In almost four hours the audience heard emblematic songs complemented by thematic stage design, audio excerpts and text readings. All that was organized around the theme of freedom and crossing borders, barriers and division.
During the opening speech by Metody Metodiev, an associate professor at the History department at NBU, presented the card game The Unknown, developed by RiskMonitor. The game raised great interest among the members of the audience many of whom were active participants in the events from 30 years ago and know very well what is to live without freedom and without information in an isolated society.
A project team member of RM made a short presentation about the purpose of INTEGRA project and invited the participants in the event to visit the project site and the resources, which the INTEGRA partners have developed. Several decks of the cards were given to the NBU library in order to be used at events and during lectures.
On December 17th, RiskMonitor co-organized two lectures at the New Bulgarian University as part of its dissemination campaign and presented to the students the creative tools that the team has created. The lectures were of international students in the program Political Science, which is in English. The team selected this program in particular because most of the students who study there (70%+) are third-country nationals themselves.
The team presented INTEGRA project achievements to the students and showcased the website of the project. The students played the game The Unknown and brainstormed various options for creative awareness raising on integration issues. RiskMonitor provided to the Political Science department four decks (in Bulgarian and English) for the professors to give out and use in workshops, lectures and various events.
The students shared their unique experience as third-country national students in Bulgaria and their plans for the future. They shared their ideas about how Sofia could become more friendly and easy to navigate by future foreign students.