127 School Ivan Denkoglu Sofia
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SCHOOL 127 IVAN DENKOGLU
43 PARCHEVICH STR.
Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria with population of 1.2 mn people. The city lies in central Western Bulgaria in a plain of the same name. It is surrounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Lozen mountain to the southeast, the Vitosha mountain to the south and the Lyulin mountain to the southwest. Yet of all mountains around Sofia, Vitosha is the highest with its top peak, Cherni Vrah, having a height of 2,290 m and the most popular among city dwellers and visitors alike. In the winter, many city residents take the 30-40 min ride to enjoy the mountain’s ski and snowboard tracks while in the summer,
Sofia is a city with some 7,000 years of history. Excavations to date have come across objects used by our Neolithic predecessors and remains of the Stone and Bronze era.
The biggest sight of the present-day city is the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, which represents the central Patriarch’s cathedral of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The cathedral was finished in 1912 after the design of the Russian architect Pomerantsev. The square around the cathedral is also a popular sight among tourists for its Monument to the Unknown Soldier where an eternal flame burns. One can also visit there an open-air market for national costumes, embroideries, paintings, crafts and objects of antiquarian value. The St Sofia Church, dating back to the 4-6th century AC but restored and open to visitors, also stands out in the same square. The eastern part of the square hosts the building of the National Gallery of Foreign Arts. There are a large number of other places that are worth seeing such as the National Library, the Sofia University, the National Assembly square, the Slaveykov square and its book market, and many more.
127 General Education Secondary School ‘’Ivan N.Denkoglu”, founded by the generous patron and patriot Ivan Denkoglu, is the oldest school in Sofia with 170 years of history. The school prides itself on its excellent well-appointed and cozy classrooms and modern fully-equipped computer rooms, photocopying points and multimedia. All students have access to the school information centre. The school has an excellent atmosphere and very good order and organization of the learning process. Today the school has 800 students in the primary, secondary and high school levels. Students learn English starting from grade 1 to 7 and after achieving high in the exams in Bulgarian and Mathematics they continue to the secondary level from the grade 8 intensive English language course to grade 12 in four classes profiled ‘Foreign language’ and one profiled ‘Natural Science and Mathematics’. All school subjects are taught by the ambitious highly-qualified and experienced team of teachers.
PROGRAMME AND ACTIVITIES
School 127, Sofia have piloted a mentoring programme and achieved much national publicity for the Comenius project. They have formed a partnership with New Bulgaria University. All the efforts of the administrative, pedagogical and assisting personnel aim at the students’ wellbeing, their personal development and above all – their excellent academic achievement as a guarantee for future successes.
Promoting knowledge and understanding of the European Union. Students and teachers will work together on topics which are both important in EU politics and also interesting for other students.
Our work will deal with concepts of European Democracy based on each school’s knowledge of their own country’s political system and joint research into what happens elsewhere. Within this context we will concentrate on the impact and influence of globalization and intercultural education with a focus on European identity, European values and future directions in European politics.
Students will learn how European policies impact differently on each partner country and how attitudes and reactions to new policies, such as the Lisbon Agreement, differ in “old” and “new” countries. They will develop new approaches and use new methods to express their attitudes and expectations of the European Union.
The International Movement “Banner of Peace” dates back to 1979, when the First Children’s Assembly “Banner of Peace” was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in dedication to the International Year of the Child /IYC/. Patron of the Children’s Assembly was Mr. Amadu Mahtar M’Bow - the then General Director of UNESCO.
By 1989 four Assemblies and four Meetings of children from all over the world have been held in Sofia. Altogether, 3,900 kids from 138 countries and 14,000 children from Bulgaria have taken part in them.
Initiator and creator of the “Banner of Peace” Movement is Ludmila Jivkova, Minister of Culture at the time, as well as a renowned history researcher and cultural theoretician. The Movement’s motto reads: “Unity, Creativity, Beauty”, while its basic principle is: “Anyone can be a creator in the Peace Assembly”.
The main tasks of the “Banner of Peace” Movement have been the following:
- to affiliate Bulgarian children with national and universal values;
- to reveal children’s abilities and talents;
- to stimulate children’s creative development, and
- to educate children worldwide - through creativity- in a spirit of friendship and peace among nations.
The “Banner of Peace” Movement is of universal humane nature and has no political orientation. It has been accepted as a new form of diplomacy and cooperation in the name of Peace and has been supported by the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, INCEA and other international organizations.
Basic documents in this respect have been adopted at the:
- Second World Conference of UNESCO - 1982;
- XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII Sessions of UNESCO’s General Conference;
- XXIV Session of UNESCO’s General Conference - Paris 1987;
- XXV INCEA Congress - 1984.
The participants in these meetings have voted resolutions in support of the “Banner of Peace” Movement, recommending to all member states to cooperate with it.
The United Nations distributed as an official document the Letter - Address adopted by the young delegates to the World Children’s Parliament, convened in Sofia in 1979, during the First International Children’s Assembly.
In 1981 the inspirer of the “Banner of Peace” Movement Ludmila Jivkova passed away but the high intellectual and creative charge she had helped accumulate, made possible the successful convention of three more Children’s Assemblies in Sofia - in 1982, 1985 and 1988.
Leaders of the UN, UNESCO, UNICEF and other world organizations, such as Kurt Waldheim, Xavier Peres de Cuellar, Amadou Mahtar M’Bow, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, James Grant, as well as Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachov, Pope John-Paul II and others have sent congratulations to the Sofia Peace Assemblies and have supported the idea children to create in peace their works in the name of Peace.
In 1987 the United Nations conferred the title “Messenger of Peace” on the “Banner of Peace” Movement.
The International Children’s Movement is affiliated to the UN Public Information Department in Geneva and is a member of the Bulgarian National Committee for UNICEF. Its programme is part of the international programme for the World Decade for Cultural Development, expiring in the year 2000.
Due to the changes occuring in Bulgaria during its transition to democracy, as well as to subjective motives, on 30 August 1990 the Bulgarian side terminated the existence of the International Children’s Movement “Banner of Peace”, severred all international contacts and closed the “Banner of Peace” Centre - the Movement’s Coordination Office in Sofia.
In 1999 in a new, significantly differing situation in Bulgaria, the “Ludmila Jivkova - Banner of Peace” Foundation was set up as a Non Government Organization and continuer of the ideas of the “Banner of Peace” Movement. The noble aim of its Chairwoman Evguenia Jivkova, Ludmila Jivkova’s daughter, is through the newly established Foundation to revive the “Banner of Peace” Movement and give kids worldwide a chance to unite again in the name of Beauty.