Based in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Marie Curie Association – MCA has been implementing both national and international projects aiming at contributing to the social, educational, and labour integration of the people with disabilities in Bulgaria. Our activities are directed toward people with different type and stage of disabilities.
The association expanded its activities on international level through participation both as a partner and coordinator in transnational projects under the Erasmus+ programme. The positive practice and experience gained while participating in successful transnational partnerships, added a large number of activities, services and expertise to the organizational portfolio. These initiatives have been orientated towards social integration and professional realization of people with disabilities.
We consider as a life mission changing the attitude towards people with disabilities, their public image and acceptance and ensure their right for equal opportunities for inclusion (social, educational, professional).Our work in many cases is designed to act as a bridge between different stakeholders: employers, people with disabilities and disadvantaged people, trainers, policy makers, experts working in the sphere of disability. We are attempting to combine best practice examples, recognized in many European countries, with innovative approaches for educational and vocational training and courses tailored to the specific needs of people with disabilities. Acting so, our aim is to make people with disabilities and disadvantaged more competitive on the open labour market. The initiatives and projects which we carry out are sample of long-term investment in human resource development. Our team strongly believes that the human factor is the most valuable asset of making a successful business. The work potential of people with disabilities should also be used by the employers not only as a demonstration of social engagement, but mainly as a rational practice.
In those terms Marie Curie Association – MCA developed and implemented innovative training programmes, opportunities for e-learning, life-long training, and professional prequalification into attractive and modern professions.
- Forming a positive attitude towards people with disabilities and disadvantaged people and encouragement of the social engagement of employers, policy makers and other public bodies by regularly held PR campaigns, seminars, workshops, round tables, and conferences, webinars;
- Access to education and training for young people with disabilities and disadvantaged through the development of flexible programmes and materials for vocational training, adjusted to their specific needs.
- Training and further qualification of teachers, educators, carers of people with disabilities.
- Formation of new opportunities for employment of people with disabilities and disadvantaged people by providing life-long training in accordance with business requirements and the newest conceptions for human resource development in Europe;
- Provision of support for re-employment of elderly people by their inclusion in prequalification programmes and involvement in mentoring schemes for elderly people.
- Rising the quality of services for people with disabilities and disadvantaged people by developing of innovative instruments and models for quality management, targeted to professionals working with the above-mentioned groups;
- Active work on the unification of European and national standards for informal and non-formal training as well as development of validation frameworks for recognition of knowledge and skills, acquired through vocational education and training (VET);
- Development of transnational projects incorporating the European Union policy for a knowledge based economy;
- Cooperation with NGO’s, vocational training organizations, universities, and other institutions on regional, national and international level with activities and aims, similar to ours.