The customers of the FANTASTICO supermarket chain have donated 225 255 BGN for accessible and quality education for children with special needs
With the funds raised, UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Education and Science and its partners, will further develop and upgrade the country's first inclusive digital education platform
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January 7, 2022, Sofia: 225 255 BGN were donated in support of the "Education for Every Child" campaign by the customers of all 45 supermarkets FANTASTICO in the period December 2, 2021 - January 5, 2022. A key role for this great result of the campaign was played by the over 700 cashiers in supermarkets, who have dedicated themselves to the cause of UNICEF and FANTASTICO for accessible and quality education for children with special needs. lnerable children and adults.
With the funds raised, UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Education and Science and its partners, will further develop and upgrade the country's first inclusive digital education platform "Help Me Thrive", which development started in 2020. There are over 26,000 children with special educational needs (SEN) in the preschool and school education system in Bulgaria. They all need personalized training tailored to their specific needs, as well as appropriate and well-planned support for their personal development. The platform provides free educational and therapeutic resources to support children, while providing space for specialists, in cooperation with teachers and parents, to plan and implement work with each child based on an individual and differentiated approach. It expands the opportunities for children with SEN for additional support throughout the country, especially in the pandemic situation. The platform is integrated into the overall resource base of the Ministry of Education and Science.
"I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the customers and employees of FANTASTICO for their generosity and commitment towards the provision of an inclusive quality education for every child. With the challenges facing the world today collective, coordinated, and sustained action is crucial to the well-being of children. Thank you for being our long-term partner!"
- said Christina de Bruin, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria.
"I wish to extend a huge thank you to our clients who supported the “Education for Every Child” initiative! We also thank all our colleagues who made the campaign possible in the supermarkets of the chain. The result makes us really happy. We believe that the first inclusive digital educational platform www.podkrepime.mon.bg will support the educational process for thousands of children. We thank UNICEF Bulgaria and all the experts, with whose efforts the platform is already a fact and its development is forthcoming. "
- said Svetoslav Gavrilov, Executive Director of FANTASTICO.
About FANTASTICO supermarket chain
The supermarket chain FANTASTICO is a Bulgarian family company founded in 1991. The company operates 45 supermarkets and has over 3,000 employees. Thanks to its modern vision, the quality of goods and services offered, the rich assortment and the impeccable customer service, the chain is among the leading companies for trade of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).The company is strongly involved in various social causes in the field of education, healthcare, culture, vu