Business foundation for Education, Sofia, Bulgaria – project initiator and coordinator
Business Foundation for Education (BFE) is a Bulgarian non-government organization, established in 2005 to act in public interest. Its mission is to facilitate the development of the civil society through initiatives that enhance human resource competitiveness and contribute to economic development and prosperity. To achieve its goals the Foundation implements variety of projects focused on the fields of lifelong learning, guidance counselling, employment and social policy, vocational education and youth work.
The Foundation is a recognized actor in the field of lifelong learning and career guidance in Bulgaria. The organization is a keen promoter of the guidance counselling profession. Its initiatives helped the process of raising theawareness of decision makers, education experts, employers, headmasters and of the general public about the benefits of lifelong guidance for all generations.
BFE represents the National Board for Certified Counselors in Bulgaria – one of the most prominent US based organizations for training and credentialing professionals in career counselling and mental health, with a global network of experts and practitioners.
Since 2005 BFE has trained and certified over 1000 career counsellors under the Global Career Development Facilitator program (one of the most successful NBCC’s program), thus developing capacity for guidance counselling services in more than 600 schools, 10 youth centres, 36 universities and more than 100 private companies and public organizations in Bulgaria. The curriculum adapted by BFE for training career counsellors has been highly estimated by 2 major universities which incorporated it into their master programs in guidance counselling. The case was included in the CEDEFOP’s report “Professionalizing career guidance. Practitioner competences and qualification routes in Europe”.