Closing event of ZOV Programme

On 25 June 2019, the ZOV model will be discussed at a national conference in Sofia. Swiss Ambassador Muriel Berset Kohen and two Deputy Ministers - of Labour and Social Policy (Mrs. Zornitsa Roussinova) and Education and Science (Mrs. Denitsa Sacheva) - will open the event.

The Programme’s efforts were focused on children and young families from vulnerable groups in Plovdiv, Ruse, Burgas, Montana, Sliven and Shumen who live in extreme poverty and in isolated communities. On the Bulgarian side, the main partner of ZOV is the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, with the close involvement of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Science. The ZOV budget amounts to 8, 088, 500 CHF, of which 6, 920, 000 is the Swiss contribution and 15% is the co-financing by the three partnering ministries.

Six integrated projects were implemented with 30 partners, such as kindergartens, schools, health centers, NGOs, etc. ZOV has endorsed its strategic approach as the most efficient tool for tackling the problems of vulnerable groups: simultaneously targeting education and health activities in the same communities, and working with and through central and local institutions.