Center for Creative Training Association (Bulgaria)
Center for Creative Training Association (CCTA) is a non-profit association, established with the aim to work for a change in the field of education and training – a change to practical education which effectively masters key competencies. CCTA’s activities are focused on lifelong learning and youth activities, as well as on introducing a holistic approach in the general education.
Among the CCTA’s core activities are trainings for in-service teachers and youth initiatives. With the support of national and international project funding CCTA is aiming at developing key competences of the students; enhancing schools to introduce and apply creative methods of teaching; supporting teachers and developing their skills to be adequate to the latest innovations and methods in the classroom.
CCTA provides teacher training courses for primary, secondary and high school teachers on programs approved and recognized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science (in accordance to the Bulgarian legislation). Between 2012 and 2015 CCTA trained more than 2 500 teachers face to face. For those trainings CCTA partners with the national and regional education authorities. Our work in the field of training of pedagogical and other specialists is ISO 9001:2015 certified.
CCTA actively participates in projects addressing the needs of the students and young learners with the financial support of national and international programs. In addition to the number of successfully implemented international youth projects and initiatives, funded under LLP and Erasmus+ program, CCTA works on topics related to the social integration of the children from the national minorities. In this field we successfully partnered with the Municipality of Ihtiman, Municipality of Sevlievo, Regional department of education in Silistra and a number of schools for initiating and implementation of projects, funded by the governmental Centre for Educational Integration of Children and Students from Ethnic Minorities (CEICSEM).
Since 2016 CCTA is works on the international project “Empathic and supportive teachers – key to quality and efficiency in education” (EMPACT, ref. No 564547-EPP-1-2015-1-BG-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD) funded by the EC under Erasmus+ KA3 – Support for policy reform, action type: Forward looking cooperation projects. The project was developed by CCTA experts in close cooperation with the beneficiary’s team from Trakia University in Stara Zagora. This 3-year project aims to address the early school leaving (ESL) by providing teachers with methodological support and qualification training, which will allow them to provide inclusive and supportive education, based on the concept of “pedagogy for all”.
CCTA is successfully cooperating with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and its Regional departments. The organisation maintains productive and direct contacts with more than 700 primary and secondary schools across Bulgaria – a third of the overall number of schools in the country.