Sofia, Bulgaria

DISES International Round Table | June 25 - 30, 2017

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Sofia 2017 DISES 

June 25th-30th, 2017

Including All Children in a Changing World


The Roundtable format is unique in that it is designed to promote conversation and networking around a topic rather than being simply a series of unrelated paper presentations as is typical for many conferences. For this reason, the number of participants in each roundtable is limited so that each participant can spend extended time over the week with a smaller group of 20-25 other educators discussing topics of mutual interest. Each roundtable group in Bulgaria will focus on a particular aspect of our theme:


Because this structure is designed to allow for extended conversation and to promote a sense of community among the participants, attendees also engage jointly in related cultural and professional activities and have their meals together, in addition to the time devoted to professional discussion of presented papers.
Although a limited number of proposals can be selected, the voices of all participants are valued in the discussions and important to our collective understanding of the pertinent issues in international special needs education, so attendance by participants who are not presenting is also encouraged.


The 2017 Sofia Roundtable Programme

Presented jointly by DISES and the Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE), we have planned an exciting programme of professional activities focusing on inclusive education in challenging contexts.

  • Participants will meet with Bulgarian educators working with CIE to implement collaborative inclusive educational practices in schools in Sofia and outlying areas.
  • We will explore their accomplishments and challenges faced by Bulgarian educators since 1990 when their first democratic elections were held after the end of Russian control.
  • We will also explore the impact and challenges currently associated with refugee migration from conflict zones, as well as the challenges presented by their established Roma populations when we meet with NGOs working in Bulgaria in support of the human rights needs of these special populations.
  • We will present workshops on inclusive strategies to teachers in a rural Bulgarian school

We hope you will join us!