Council Leaders by ABLE
The aim of ABLE Council Leaders is to improve sustainably the performance of student councils in Bulgaria. The purpose of the project is to transform the already existing 50 organizations throughout the country into more open and transparent structures that promote entrepreneurship, leadership and active engagement in education, civil society, the start-up ecosystem, and the NGO sector in Bulgaria. In addition, the project promotes active communication and cooperation among student councils, as well as between student councils and other ABLE projects.
The central priority of the team is the organization of an annual National Leadership Forum for student councils, where selected candidates from various student councils would receive a scholarship to participate in intensive trainings. Within three days the participants would develop leadership and managerial skills, improve organizational culture and teamwork, enhance their feeling of responsibility and commitment to the activities of the student council and their classmates. The gathering also sparks inspiration to organize new and joint initiatives. The Forum is designed for thoughtful and active people who would take the future in their own hands and in turn would help their colleagues develop the same skills.
More about the program
The program provides participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge that would significantly improve the effectiveness of the student councils, as well as their popularity among students. The program is presented through games and case studies, both of which make it accessible and easy to digest. ABLE Council Leaders facilitates easy learning through fun activities and teamwork. The networking panels included in the program allow exchange of experience, and lead to improved communication between councils from various universities, and also eventually lead to unique inter-university projects. The speakers in the forum are a selection of recognized leaders and experts from the private and NGO sector, who would share their professional and life experience, and would offer advice on all matters the students find relevant. The aforementioned information turns the program into one of the top events for student councils in the country.
All ABLE members – as BYLP-graduates, active participants in all ABLE activities, and experts in high positions in a variety of areas – have extensive professional experience and practical knowledge. Entrepreneurship, leadership, team and organizational management, and problem solving are all areas of expertise. The ABLE Council Leaders project aims to preserve this accumulated knowledge as well as share it with organizations of wide social spectrum, such as the student councils in Bulgarian universities.