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The National Student Council Representation Announces a National Competition "Bearers of Enlightenment 2015"

On the occasion of the Day of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture, the National Student Council Representation has launched a large-scale National Competition, entitled "Bearers of Enlightenment 2015".

The organizers from NSCR entitled the competition "Bearers of Enlightenment", led by the conviction that culture, education and science are the real bearers of the hope for a better and sustainable future of Bulgaria. And all the good ideas and examples in this respect should be emphasized, distinguished and encouraged. The competition aims to gather, exhibit and promote precisely those positive events, ideas, messages and personalities in Bulgaria that we associate with the topics of development and a better future of the Bulgarian culture, education and science.

The project is open to all Bulgarian students - Bachelor or Master degrees, studying at Bulgarian or foreign higher schools. In some cases works of secondary school students (11th/12th grade) or recent graduates will be allowed to take part in the competition. In general, the organizers would rather not limit the range of participants and their creativity in the interpretation and coverage of the topic. On the contrary, their aim is to fully encourage and bring authors' talent to the fore.

The competition includes five categories.

Category: Photograph –photographs representing author's interpretation of the topic.

Category: Short Essay– an essay (up to three pages long) on a contemporary issue, related to the topic. The essay thesis can be ideas, messages, events or other associations that the author relates to the development of culture, education and science in Bulgaria - today and in the future.

Category: They - the Bearers of Enlightenment 2015 – a nomination (up to 2 pages long) of a personality of the Bulgarian cultural, educational or scientific community who the contestants would like to nominate for a holder of the title "Bearer of Enlightenment 2015". The participants can also prepare a video (up to 3 minutes long) of their thesis or nomination, related to the topic of the competition.

The most convincing and well-grounded nominations will be awarded with a special prize at "Student of the Year 2015" competition.

Category: I –  Bearer of Enlightenment 2015 – a category for the promotion of positive personal and group patterns of behaviour and role models, based on author's own contribution and individual responsibility. In a short text (up to 3 pages long), they should describe a good practice or an idea of a good practice (with a description/implementation plan) in the field of culture, education and science - a deed of a particular student or student formal or informal groups and organizations.

Category: Twitter-Message – a competition for a short message (up to 180 characters) in Twitter or Facebook social networks, which addresses the topic of the Bearers of Enlightenment today, in Bulgaria, with an interpretation chosen by the author.

Authors' works have to be submitted to: 24may@npss.bg, not later than 20th April 2015.

A jury, including representatives of the National Student Council Representation, the academic community and organizations-partners of NSCR in the civil and private sector, is going to select the winners and awards in all categories.

Competition winner announcement and the award ceremony are to be held on 5th May 2015 in Sofia.