5 May 2018
Room 330 & Gallery
The development of an electronic textbook on Bulgarian History (for a first time) is the only alternative for the state sponsored textbooks that are very problematic both in terms of content and design.
I believe that the development of an electronic Bulgarian History Textbook for high school students (Xth grade) in Bulgaria could be the alternative for the existing very problematic practice. For the last five years I have been struggling with the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria to introduce a radical change in the State Program for history education, that has the status of a law. Finally, the new Program is a reality. I would like to share my experience during the years of public debates and institutional resistance towards my proposals. Still today, because of the lack of a consensus about the nature and the legacy of the Communist regime in Bulgaria, the content and the terminology of the revised history Program became a subject of heated public debate, and a declaration at the National Assembly called for a reversal of the new program. Thus, i decided to launch a project for an electronic textbook that can serve as an alternative to the state sponsored textbooks. I hope i can learn from the diverse professional experience of the members of AMICAL how to design the textbook, that has to combine diverse sources in it (documents, photographs, videos, music, etc).
Evelina KelbechevaProfessorAmerican University in Bulgaria