In line with BNP Paribas’ global commitment to fighting discrimination and promoting diversity, Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria launched in summer 2012 a second edition of the essay contest for high-school students called “The Others beside Me”.
The aim of the project was to raise awareness for equality among people, to pay attention to the increasing need for understanding and openness toward all members of society. Special focus is set on promoting equal opportunities for people, regardless of their social status, religious views, disabilities or sexual orientation. High-school students from all over Bulgaria, 8th to 12th grade, were eligible to write an essay on the theme “The Others beside Me”. The writing competition attracted 191 participants – 8 times more than the first edition of the contest. Youngsters from close to 70 different cities and villages submitted their elaborations on the topic.
Three best essays were selected among the received essays by renown jury members Bilyana Kourtasheva (literary critique, lecturer at the New Bulgarian University, editor of “Sledva” magazine), Marin Bodakov (poet, editor of “Kultura” newspaper, lecturer at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”), Nadezhda Radulova (poet, translator, editor at “Prosveta” Publishing House) by mutual consent.
The winners received cash awards respectively 500 BGN for 1st place, 300 BGN for 2nd place and 100 BGN for 3rd place. In addition, two special in kind awards (books and certificates) were given to youngsters deprived from parential care whose essays were among the nominated by the jury. The author of the idea of the project, Mrs. Blagovesta Kenarova, provided one special cash price in the amount of 100 BGN to a participant distinguished by her.
About Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria
In order to formally consolidate and reinforce its longstanding engagement to development of corporate philanthropy programs in the country, BNP Paribas Bulgaria has launched in the end of 2010 a local foundation. The Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria was created in close cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation – the corner stone of the Group’s philanthropy initiatives for almost 30 years. The newly established entity will structure BNP Paribas’ projects in Bulgaria and strengthen current programs. The aim of the Foundation is to contribute to Bulgaria’s social and cultural development through strong and long-term partnerships not only in the areas of social solidarity, education, culture and environment.
Ms. Krasimira Antimova
Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria