The Third Political Leaders Class of the Institute of Politics has successfully finished their training. It consists of members from the two largest political forces in our country – GERB and BSP. The course participants of Pencho Slaveykov class received their certificates at an official ceremony.
Guests at the event were Maya Manolova, Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria; Dimitar Glavchev, GERB MP and a former Chairman of the National Assembly, as well as Vessela Lecheva, Deputy Chairperson of BSP. PG
According to Prof. Antoaneta Hristova, a co-founder of the Institute of Politics and Chairman of its Management Board, the political culture of the country should be changed.
“That will give completely new energy to everything that happens in the political environment in our country,” she said. “A sustainable modern political system requires politicians to speak and be able to make common decisions in situations that require a nationally responsible and non-partisan approach. At such a moment, good networks and contacts can be priceless. The purpose of the program is to create a good communication environment,” added Prof. Hristova.
The Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria Maya Manolova wished the participants to improve and upgrade their knowledge, to expand their horizons as well as practically apply the lessons learned.
“The Bulgarian citizens need educated and prepared leaders. We live in times when the confidence in the institutions, politicians and parties is at an extremely low level. You are the chance to bring back that confidence, people like you – young, very ambitious and well-educated. It is true, some say that not everyone could become a political leader. I believe that a leader is born but they are also made to be leaders. There are basic political principles and if you follow them, you will certainly become good politicians. But there are also qualities you need to develop if you want to become real leaders. They are: courage, strength, freedom of spirit, sustainability, consistency, perseverance, especially when you stand behind a fair cause you believe in and of course love for people. Respect for human rights must be strongly taken into consideration, “said Manolova. In this regard, the Ombudsman suggested to the Institute of Politics to set up a special module for the protection of human rights.
The Deputy Chairperson of BSP PG Vesela Lecheva said that politics is not a child’s game, but a debt to the Bulgarian citizens.
“Bulgaria today needs its brave, prepared and confident politicians. Politicians who make effective decisions to overcome the challenges and problems facing the Bulgarian citizens. We need modern politicians because we need modern Bulgaria to bring back the young people in our country. They need protection, security and support by their politicians. Sport has taught me a lot of things, mostly respect for the opponent. We are all very different, but we all have one goal – to make and build modern Bulgaria, ” said Lecheva.
The GERB MP and former Chairman of the National Assembly Dimitar Glavchev congratulated the Institute of Politics for the training it conducts.. According to him, politicians need literacy and such programs are extremely important.
“Politicians have no other mission but to create a better life for those who have sent them to the positions they occupy now. I am convinced that you have gained more knowledge about the purpose we are talking about, ” added Glavchev.
The Executive Director of the Institute of Politics Kalina Krumova thanked all the teachers who vote confidence and stand behind the program. She spoke to the course participants with the words: “Try to outdo yourselves because that’s what we tried to provoke in you, not just to fight with an external irritant.”
At the end of the month the Institute of Politics started an international training of politicians from Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia.
The Political Leaders Program consists of 5 sessions, each with a duration of one week. The speakers talk about managing communication and political marketing, resolving crises and conflicts, negotiating, political leadership and its specificities in the various democratic systems, the political system, the work of the European institutions, the current development of the sectoral policies. The total program is 320 hours, including lectures, workshops, personal assignments and role-playing games.