‘Your Face Sounds Familiar For Every Child‘
Watch NOVA on 12, 13, 14 February 20:00
Watch the charity mini season of "Your face sounds familiar for every child", which will be dedicated to the causes of UNICEF for the children of Bulgaria. In the special edition eight celebrities in teams with eight talented children will be duetting. The contestants from each duet will impersonate a different celebrity singer Nencho Balabanov, Kalin Vrachanski, Titi Papazov, Krassi Radkov, Maggie Dzhanavarova, Lucy Dyakovska, DesiSlava and Vicky Terziyska will take the stage, ready for new transformations together with their little partners.
Vote for your favourite team by texting the keyword of the team to 1021 and start monthly donations of BGN 5 to UNICEF.
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Duet 1 (5A) - Kalin Vrachanski and Alex
Duet 2 (5B) - Krassi Radkov and Gogo
Duet 3 (5C) - Titi Papazov and Vasko
Duet 4 (5D) - Magi Dzjanavarova and Bogi
Duet 5 (5E) - Nencho Balabanov and Georgi
Duet 6 (5F) - Viki Terziiska and Alina
Duet 7 (5G) - Ljusi Diakovska and Elizabeth
Duet 8 (5H) - DesiSlava and Elena
At the jury table will sit the producer Magardich Halvadzhian, the host of NOVA News Nikolay Doynov, the President of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Iliana Raeva and the world-famous violinist Vesko Eshkenazi. The hosts will be Dimitar Rachkov and Gerasim Georgiev - Gero will be in the company of the iconic host of NOVA News Annie Salic.
On 12, 13 and 14 February (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) at 20:00 in each of the three shows NOVA viewers will have the opportunity to support three different causes of UNICEF Bulgaria by voting with sms for their favorite team.
What are our causes for the children of Bulgaria
What is the situation in Bulgaria
- Half the children in Bulgaria have suffered some form of violence.
- Emotional violence is the most common.
- One-third of children have suffered physical violence.
- 15.6 % have experienced sexual violence.
- One in seven children reports having suffered cyberbullying on social media.
- One-third of children report that they feel in danger at home, at school or in their community.
- One in seven children report having been victims of online bullying on social networks.
- One in three children report feeling unsafe at home, at school or in the community.
- Nearly 15 000 children with disabilities and special needs attend kindergarten and school in Bulgaria, but for most of them communication and participation in the learning process is severely limited.
- For about 5,000 of the non-verbal children, augmentative and alternative communication methoods are often the only opportunity to express themselves, to be heard, understood and included.
- Only about 10% of special education teachers use even low-tech means of augmentative and alternative communication when working with children with special needs.
- 60 000 babies are born in Bulgaria each year.
- 1 in 7 children will have developmental difficulties.
- For nearly 1/3 of children, developmental difficulties or disabilities are identified too late.
- Just 12% of parents share that their baby’s doctor has filled out a survey or another questionnaire relating to the speech and social development of the child or their behaviour at some point.
- Half of our physicians report that they do not know what questionnaire to use to assess child development.
What is UNICEF's solution
Zona ZaKrila For Every Child
UNICEF has supported the development of Zona ZaKrila, child advocacy and support centres. So far, these centres have assisted over 3 000 children and families. The centres constitute the only places in Bulgaria offering comprehensive support to children who have suffered or witnessed violence and to their parents. This model is innovative and is now in place in 3 regions in Bulgaria. It is the fruit of UNICEF’s partnership with the Bulgarian government, the municipalities of Sofia, Shumen and Montana, the Social Activities and Practice Institute and the Animus Association Foundation.
The Zona ZaKrila centres provide children and their parents with specialised social and psychological support and therapy; access to any necessary healthcare; legal aid; sparing interviews for children; and crisis intervention in cases where emergency response is needed.
Teams work around the clock to support both children and parents who have already suffered or witnessed violence, and those who are in danger or have engaged in some form of delinquency.
The funds raised by UNICEF will go towards directly supporting 300 children and their parents at the 3 Zona ZaKrila centres for the duration of 2023. A further 150 experts will be trained, allowing them to support another 1 800 children. UNICEF will work to make this service available nation-wide.
A voice for every child
The inclusion of children with special needs at kindergarten and school is still not effective. Often it can amount to an impossible task owing to the lack of augmentative and alternative communication tools and the insufficient training of, and support by, experts and teachers.
Augmentative and alternative communication aids give children who cannot speak a voice and they allow their parents, teachers and classmates to understand and support them.
Over the past year, UNICEF has worked on the A Voice for Every Child project to develop the first free communication app, C-Board, and have this adapted for Bulgarian users. The app comes complete with symbols typical of the Bulgarian context. The mobile app has supported the inclusion and learning of 162 non-verbal children and has made them better equipped to tackle everyday tasks, increased their adaptiveness and fostered their self-esteem. UNICEF has also developed a free online interactive training course and trained 41 national trainers in augmentative and alternative communication and 765 teachers, experts and parents to work with these communication aids.
The funds raised by UNICEF will go towards directly supporting 500 children in Bulgaria, including by providing them with personal communication devices. We will train a further 1 500 teachers, experts and parents from across Bulgaria in the use of augmentative and alternative communication aids to support the participation and learning of children. We will foster the skills of national trainers and establish a trainer network. A voice for children for the free app C-Board will be developed along with training packages and resources to support non-verbal children in Bulgaria.
Non-verbal children have so much to say. Let us give them the opportunity to express themselves, communicate and learn with the help of their teachers and support from augmentative and alternative communication technology.
Early childhood intervention
Early childhood offers unique learning and development opportunities for every child. During this period children with disabilities and difficulties need adequate support to reach their potential.
The earlier developmental difficulties are found in a child, the greater the child’s chances of overcoming these. UNICEF’s data suggest that not all areas of early childhood development are tracked systematically.
To support families and experts in this field, UNICEF Bulgaria has partnered with the Bulgarian government to develop a national system for early childhood intervention. This will allow all families with children up to the age of 2 years to obtain timely information from an expert on the overall development of their child and to receive high-quality support. UNICEF will use the funds raised in this campaign to support 1 500 families across Bulgaria and train 150 experts.
With gratitude for the support of: