The project aims to provide timely support to Bulgarian education, which was placed in an unprecedented situation during the state of emergency due to the COVID pandemic. Its main task is to provide access to Bulgarian students and teachers to resources and opportunities for seamless and smooth participation in the learning process, after it was forced to move remotely online. The project started during the state of emergency, but continued throughout 2020 to reach the widest possible audience and to support the smooth implementation of training in an atypical environment. It is part of the long-standing initiative "Education 4.0", which aims to digitize Bulgarian education.
Project Target Group
In the conditions of distance learning the project contributed to access to technologies and educational resources of students, teachers, parents. The project is also aimed at providing access to distance learning for socially vulnerable groups. It covers large groups of Bulgarian society that directly benefit from it. Free devices, connectivity and internet access involve participants in the educational process in a remote online environment.
VIVACOM pursues a long term policy aimed at supporting Bulgarian education. The company has been supporting the digitalization of education for more than six years. Develops a number of initiatives in this direction, such as the VIVA Cognita and VIVA History platforms. The largest initiative - "Education 4.0" - aims to introduce technology into the learning process and thus make it more effective, interesting and useful.
The project to support education started with the declaration of the state of emergency in the country in March 2020. VIVACOM donated 500 tablets to the Ministry of Education and Science to be distributed to groups deprived of devices and the opportunity to participate in the distance education process. A series of donations of devices to children in the country were made. Equipment and internet were installed in the village of Hotantsa. In support of parents and teachers from socially vulnerable groups, preferential offers were made for access to mobile and fixed internet.
The project's activities contributed to the improvement of distance learning of Bulgarian students in the urgent, forced transition to online learning. The provision of connectivity and devices has increased the number of students who have access to online learning and who, in other circumstances, would remain outside the educational process, which would lead to the future marginalization of large groups of people. In addition, ensuring connectivity has helped to maintain a constant and timely connection between students and teachers, on the one hand, and teachers and parents, on the other. This further improved communication and interaction between them at a time when physical meetings and contacts were impossible.