Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES)

XVI Annual International Conference

Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria, 11 - 15 June 2018


2018 Conference Deadlines


Abstract and Full Paper Submission: 28 February 2018


Abstract and Full Paper Acceptance Notification:

10 March 2018


Standard Registration:

30 March 2018


Hotel Room Reservation:

1 May 2018


Late Registration: 11 May 2018


Final Conference Program:

18 May 2018


PowerPoint Presentation Submission: 3 June 2018





XVI BCES Conference Flyer

XVI BCES Conference Theme:

Education in Modern Society

Conference Noticeboard


Call for Papers | Abstract and full paper submission deadline: 28 February 2018.


Education in Modern Society


The XVI BCES Conference Theme as proposed by Prof Hennie Steyn, Dr Deon Vos and Dr Louw de Beer


Many different and even opposing viewpoints existed to the present about the nature and aims of education and of the education system. Consensus nevertheless exists amongst all educationally-interested individuals and groups that education and the education system should support the successful development and functioning of all modern societies. Modern (time) societies include developing as well as developed societies, because all societies in the world are interrelated to each other. Modern societies are complex in nature, a fact which places significant pressure on education to provide in the education needs of such complex societies. Agreement exists amongst all involved that the basic aim of education and of education systems is to provide in the education needs of the society that they serve and that the success or failure of the education and education system can be determined by establishing the level to which they meet these criteria.

To understand and eventually participate for the purpose of improving education in modern society, the participants of the XVI BCES Conference in Golden Sands, Varna, could focus on issues such as the following:

  • How does a society’s understanding of Education as a Phenomenon determine the way in which education is viewed and applied in a given society?
  • What challenges are posed to education and to the education system by The Complex Features of Modern Societies? The following embody such challenges, for example: the unity and diversity displayed by cultures, the use of a variety of languages, the economic status of the citizens, and the condition of the national and international environment.
  • How do Education Systems Respond to these Challenges? Do their responses result, for example, in new curriculum frameworks or in a re-evaluation of the so-called general vs vocational education issues or in a balance between central and local education control?
  • To what extent are Unique Projects in Education employed for the purpose of supplementing the ”regular” education services? The so-called private education enterprises or programs for limiting health problems such as Aids are typical examples of such projects.

It remains as important as ever for educationists to reflect on the role of education in modern societies and to contribute to the constant improvement in the quality of education and thereby to the vibrancy of modern society.


Prof Hennie Steyn, Dr Deon Vos and Dr Louw de Beer

Comparative and International Education

North-West University

Potchefstroom Campus

South Africa


Conference e-mail: bces@bces-conference.org

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BCES Events & Features

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International Conference on

Sport Governance around the World

Organizers: BCES & ISCPES

Sofia, Bulgaria,

17 - 21 September 2018

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Words and music: Gertrude Shotte

Arrangement: Deon Ryan

Guitarist: Deon Ryan

Producer & Studio Engineer: Sean Cassell

Artistes: The Alliouagana Singers

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Gertrude Shotte:

Three poems on the occasion of the BCES 25th Anniversary

BCES Cinquains

BCES Dimante

BCES Quatrain

Thank you Gertrude!

BCES Conference Team

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