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XX Jubilee BCES Annual International Conference

20 - 24 June 2022

Towards the Next Epoch of Education

BCES Jubilee Song 2022

Choral Group: Alliouagana Singers

Words & Music: Gertrude Shotte

Lead Vocalist: Denise Johnson

Arranger & Producer: Everton 'Reality' Weekes



About the Conference

It is more than a conference!


Small but hard-working committees.

Thematic Sections

The Conference has 6 sections.

About BCES

BCES was founded in 1991.

Keynote Speakers

Meet our Keynote Speakers.

Poems on BCES

3 poems on the BCES 30th Anniversary

About the BCES Conference

This event is more than a conference

The Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES) is a traditional, scholarly, interdisciplinary, high-grade event. Specialists from all over the world every year come to the Conference as to present their studies. The Conference purposefully keeps a small size aiming at organizing the best quality selection of papers and providing excellent opportunities for presentations and discussions.

The BCES Annual International Conference is more than a conference. It is friendship, understanding, and openness. It is tolerance, respect, and appreciation. It is quality, knowledge, and erudition.

This Conference is our way of being an integral part of the international education community, our way of making friends globally, our way of showing the world what we do.

People who the BCES Conference is for

This Conference is for (without claiming a full listing):

  • Policy makers;
  • Academic staff;
  • Researchers;
  • PhD students;
  • Master’s students;
  • Experts at educational administrations;
  • Experts at international organizations;
  • Education consultants;
  • School principals;
  • Teachers;
  • School counsellors;
  • Psychologists;
  • Media experts;
  • Social workers;
  • Special needs therapists;
  • Journalists;
  • IT specialists.

Benefits to BCES Conference participants

The Conference offers the following benefits:

  • Respecting all participants regardless of their race, nationality, personality, origin, sex, religion, occupation, education.
  • Keeping friendly atmosphere, polite communication, and cosy environment.
  • Establishing contacts between people from different parts of the world, making friends, creating collegial networks.
  • Providing excellent opportunities for oral presentations and discussions by giving a 30-minute time slot to each presentation.
  • Guaranteeing high quality of full papers published in the BCES Conference Book.
  • Publishing full papers in the BCES Conference Book before the Conference beginning.
  • Including abstracts in the Conference Program.
  • Awarding Certificates of Participation to all participants.

Thematic Sections

Thematic Section


Comparative and International Education & History of Education

Section Chair

Prof. Dr. Charl Wolhuter

North-West University

South Africa

Thematic Section


School Education:

Policies, Innovations, Practices

& Entrepreneurship

Section Chair

Dr. Gillian L. S. Hilton

Middlesex University

United Kingdom

Thematic Section


Law and Education

Section Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Achinewhu-Nworgu

Ulster University

United Kingdom & Ireland

Thematic Section


International Education Issues

Section Chair

Dr. Louw de Beer

North-West University

South Africa

Thematic Section


Higher Education & Teacher Education and Training

Section Chair

Prof. Dr. James Ogunleye

Academy of Innovation & Management

United Kingdom

Thematic Section


Research Education

& Research Practice

Section Chair

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ewelina K. Niemczyk

North-West University

South Africa

BCES Conference Chair

Prof. Dr.habil. Nikolay Popov

Sofia University


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Andrea Óhidy

Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Krystyna M. Bleszynska

Higher School of Social Science, Warsaw, Poland

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Orlowska

Academy Higher School of Business in Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Sun-Keung Pang

East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Ms. Vera Meng-meng Yan

East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Dr. Daniel K. Gakunga

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Reuben Nguyo Waciuri

Taita Taveta University, Kenya

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee

Jindal Global University, India


Local Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Prof. Dr.habil. Nikolay Popov, Sofia University, Bulgaria



Prof. Dr. Marinela Mihova, Veliko Turnovo University, Bulgaria

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marina Pironkova, Sofia University, Bulgaria


Kalina Popova, 12th Secondary School, Sofia, Bulgaria

Technical support

Mirella Dimitrova

Nadia Kiriakova

Company for International Congresses, Bulgaria


International Program Committee

Prof. Dr. Charl Wolhuter, North-West University, South Africa

Dr. Louw de Beer, North-West University, South Africa

Dr. Gillian Hilton, Middlesex University, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. James Ogunleye, Academy of Innovation & Management, United Kingdom

Dr Elizabeth Achinewhu-Nworgu, Ulster University, United Kingdom & Ireland

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ewelina K. Niemczyk, North-West University, South Africa

Dr. Anna Czyż, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oksana Chigisheva, Southern Federal University, Russia

Prof. Dr.habil. Nikolay Popov, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Hennie Steyn, North-West University, South Africa

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Sun-keung Pang, East China Normal University, China

Prof. Dr. Steve Azaiki, Institute of Science and Technology, Nigeria

About BCES

BCES brief info

The Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES) was founded in Sofia in October 1991.


BCES is registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It focuses on:

  • organizing the BCES annual international conference
  • organizing national and international conferences on education
  • doing comparative education studies
  • coordinating international research projects
  • supporting publications on problems of education
  • organizing study visits to Bulgaria for foreign students, teachers and experts
  • providing expertise to education policy making


BCES topics of special interest are:

  • Comparative education
  • History of education
  • Teacher education
  • Education policy, reforms and innovations
  • Reforms in preschool, primary and secondary education
  • Reforms in higher education
  • Lifelong learning, vulnerable groups and social inclusion
  • School counseling




Bulgarian Comparative Education Society

Blvd Shipchenski prohod 69 A

1574 Sofia, Bulgaria


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IV BCES Conference

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III BCES Conference

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Poems on BCES