Gergana Passy Priorities as the Bulgarian Digital Champion
Digital Agenda of Europe to be recognized as Bulgarian national priority so as to use in full extent the potential of modern technologies. Such a policy is needed not only to fulfill important national goals, such as better education and introduction of e-government, but also to improve the business environment in the country in order to increase international investment.
Public involvement in the initiative of the European Commission as a means against the marginalization of various social groups, including disadvantaged young people. The implementation of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Bulgaria most surely will result in creating new jobs and opportunities for development of the disadvantaged members of society.
Establishing e-education in Bulgaria in order to overcome the desperate need in Bulgarian schools for e-skills and promoting the development of innovative approaches in the education. could and must be fully exploited in the education process. The innovative and digital projects motivate the students and stimulate their creativity. Furthermore, ICT interactive approach develops digital competences and skills among teachers and students. Innovative teachers prepare students for success by emphasizing 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration. They motivate their students by creating authentic learning experiences that are grounded in core academic content and enhanced through technology. Thus young people are more prepared, more confident and classified to meet the requirements of the market when looking for a job afterwards.
Securing universal Wi-Fi access on all public places, as Europeans need guaranteed access to the Internet. This internet access will promote economic mobility, political empowerment, freedom of information and will bust global network social impact. The original idea of Henrik Sjödin for public access wireless local area networks now finds its realization by the constantly growing number of both paid and free hotspots worldwide. According to Mrs. Passy Bulgaria should not lag behind in developing this process and that is why she actively supports the “Free the Internet” initiative, which has been started one year ago by a group of Internet enthusiasts, whose goal is to turn Bulgaria into the biggest area with free Wi-Fi Internet access in Europe.
Stimulating business innovations, especially concerning the condition of the entrepreneurial eco-system in Bulgaria and using ICT for optimizing the connection between local governments and business. In particular, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are at the centre of interest of this action, as the objective is to facilitate the participation of SMEs in global digital value networks and enable them to become international business partners.
Establishing e-government as a means of delivering government information and services to the citizens. Recently, Bulgaria has managed to show real progress in the e-government sector by constantly developing information technology infrastructures and expanding relevant services. However, the Bulgarian Digital Champion can definitely ease the co-operation between the Bulgarian government and the European Commission in laying down the policies that govern the e-government strategy in Bulgaria, as well as providing the necessary support at national and international levels.
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