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XXI BCES Annual International Conference

Recovering Education

Using the Experiences and Learning Acquired to Build New and Better Education Systems

Sofia, Bulgaria, 27 - 30 June 2023

Recovering Education: 

Using the Experiences and Learning Acquired to Build New and Better Education Systems

This theme is intended to stimulate thinking about the need to move forward in education and recover from the globally lost face to face classroom and in some cases, any opportunity for learning and instruction, caused by the recent pandemic. At the same time, examine in depth our education systems as to their efficacy for present students and educators, bearing in mind UN SD Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

All presently available information from UN and UNESCO shows that this goal will not meet its 2030 target. This conference theme raises many questions as to how education has had to adjust to the recent unexpected challenges, how the world has to learn from the global crisis and  how the experiences and learning from the last few years can be used to create new and more robust education systems.

Many questions have arisen and the conference theme raises some of them and the possible solutions that might be offered.

Some questions that need to be addressed are:

  • How can the position of educator be made more attractive so that the best possible people are keen to work in education, politically or in the teaching profession?
  • How can the change in methods of instruction e.g. the move to online teaching/learning be embedded into future systems in a way that is inclusive and socially acceptable to all?
  • Should we examine more closely how educators in schools and universities are trained, in order to acquire the necessary skills to deliver hybrid forms of instruction?
  • How can the stark realities that many students were deprived of online learning, due to poor infrastructure, or lack of funds to afford it, or inadequate provision of sources of power, be addressed?
  • What can and must be done to help raise provision and access to education in developing countries and the world at large?
  • How can we move to education for all, particularly addressing the need to end the discrimination against girls and minority groups, also the effects of poverty on educational provision and uptake?
  • Are the curricula offered globally preparing our students for a rapidly changing world, do we  need to change the content of what we offer to learners?
  • How can parents be more closely involved in the education of their children and be supported to so do?
  • What can be done to support students and educators to avoid isolation and accompanying mental stress in teaching and learning currently and instructing increased by the hybridisation of learning globally?
  • How can the world embrace lifelong learning which is essential for all citizens in our changing world?
  • How do we provide the resources and capacity worldwide to embrace this sudden changing world?

These are a few of the urgent issues which must be addressed, if the world is to face all the challenges which await in future and achieve the goals of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.


Dr. Gillian L. S. Hilton

Dr. Elizabeth Achinewhu-Nworgu

(United Kingdom)

Thematic Sections

Thematic Section

1

Comparative and International Education & History of Education

Section Chair

Prof. Dr. Charl Wolhuter

North-West University

South Africa

Thematic Section

3

School Education:

Policies, Innovations, Practices

& Entrepreneurship

Section Chair

Dr. Gillian L. S. Hilton

Middlesex University

United Kingdom

Thematic Section

5

Law and Education

Section Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Achinewhu-Nworgu

Ulster University

United Kingdom & Ireland

Thematic Section

2

International Education Issues

Section Chair

Dr. Louw de Beer

North-West University

South Africa

Thematic Section

4

Higher Education & Teacher Education and Training

Section Chair

Prof. Dr. James Ogunleye

Academy of Innovation & Management

United Kingdom

Thematic Section

6

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

Bulgaria

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gillian L. S. Hilton (British Federation of Women Graduates, United Kingdom)

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

Keynote presentation:

Recovering Education: Using the Experiences and Learning Acquired to Build New and Better Education Systems

Committees

Local Organizing Committee


Conference Chair

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

npopov@bces-conference.org


Members

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

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

Gergana Sakarski, PhD Student, Sofia University, Bulgaria


Coordination

Kalina Popova, 12th Secondary School, Sofia, 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

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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

 

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