On the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of October Ivanka Shalapatova – our executive director made a three day training in the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe under the invitation of local non-governmental organization IRODA (Initiation of parents of children with autism). Among those who were present were specialists working in institutions for children in Tajikistan as well as the team of IRODA.
The training is part of the project “Working seminar on deinstitutionalization for specialist from boarding schools and boarding-houses which is financed by the international association “Step by step” (ISSA) and its goal is the exchange of experience and good practices in the area of deinstitutionalization. The projected is done by IRODA – a non-governmental organization, which for the last decade is working towards development of the diagnostic, social services and educational opportunities for children with autism in Tajikistan.
The training includes different aspects of deinstitutionalization and the experience of Bulgaria and “For our children” foundation. In the first session the executive director Ivanka Shalapatova presented our work and similarities and differences in the current condition in the systems for children protection in both countries. Then special attention was paid to the negative consequences of raising a child in an institution.
The second day was dedicated to the concept of deinstitutionalization by stopping in its theoretical and scientific grounds of this process and the main principles that have to be followed for it to be successful.
Today the seminar was focused on the Bulgarian experience in deinstitutionalization with accent on the good practices of “For our children” foundation which can be successfully applied as well as the potential obstacles that must be avoided.
Ivanka Shalapatova who is one of the main experts on the subject in Bulgaria has part in the development of a National strategy “Vision for deinstitutionalization of the children in Bulgaria” and is a direct participant in the process of deinstitutionalization in the country from its beginning.