A meeting with Irina Bokova

Today our students from 7th to 11th grade were honored to meet Mrs. Irina Bokova – Permanent representative of Bulgaria to UNESCO.

Mrs. Bokova is born in Sofia and graduated from the English Language School in Sofia and the Moscow State University of International Relations. Her political career includes participation in the National Round Table for transition to democracy of Bulgaria in her capacity as a Co-founder of the Democratic Union of Women.  She was a member of the Parliament in the 7th Great National Assembly and signed the new constitution of Bulgaria.

Afterwards she served as a Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco, and UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and a Secretary to the State Committee for European Integration.

In 2009 Mrs. Irina Bokova was assigned the position of Director-General of UNESCO. She was the first woman to lead the Organisation. In 2014 the Bulgarian Government nominated Mrs. Bokova for General Secretary of the United Nations Organisation and she was one of the most serious candidates for the position.

It was an intriguing virtual discussion on global citizenship, tolerance and integration. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ms. Bokova for the inspiration and enthusiasm with which she discussed diversity issues with the young citizens of the world at St.George International School and Preschool. We would like to thank Ms. Bokova for the shared experience and the guidelines as well.

The students of St. George International School and Preschool asked many interesting and intriguing questions to which Irina answered comprehensively and with admiration.

At the end of the meeting an exhibition dedicated to the International Day of the Family and Community was opened. For the first time, with the kind assistance of the “Achievements” Foundation and Mrs. Victoria Stoyanova, President of the Parent Teacher Association at St. George International School and Preschool, we organized an exhibition of photos shared by our students and parents. The exhibition reflects the beauty and uniqueness of our international community, in which more than 30 nations have a cultural meeting. The works of art can be purchased for charity.

We wish you sunny and colorful summer days!

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