We are very pleased to report that Professor Michael Osborne, Director of CR&DALL, took part in the 2nd Bulgarian National Conference on Non-formal Education, entitled, "Crisis challenges and post-crisis perspectives of non-formal education in Bulgaria", which took place on 14 October 2022 in a hybrid format.
At the invitation of Sofia University "St. "Kliment Ohridski" (Bulgaria), as host of the forum, Professor Osborne took part in the international section with a report on the role of learning for global health in cities and community resilience in times of crises. In his video presentation, he presented the challenges facing cities and their health systems during the period of pandemic constraints and risks, highlighting the possibilities to address them by implementing new models of systemic resilience, so that crises are transformed into impetus for change. Professor Osborne highlighted the role of formal and non-formal learning as a basis for combatting adversity and developing resilience. The programme of the forum also included field visits to local organizations dealing with non-formal learning and education, several panel discussions on key topics, a business forum for employers in the sector of alternative educational services, as well as thematic sessions dedicated to mayor challenges and solutions for quality non-formal learning and educations.
The conference was attended by more than 100 Bulgarian experts, researchers, and practitioners as well as by distinguished international participants, including prof. Hideki Maruyama (Japan), Rene Clarijs (Netherlands), Elina Nivala (Finland), Olya Benbow (USA), Trudy Corrigan (Ireland).