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UNICEF Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov launches “It’s about ability” publication in Bulgarian

© UNICEF Bulgaria / 2009
UNICEF Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov and Special Olympics champion Niki Panaiotov

SOFIA, Bulgaria - 7 June 2009

UNICEF Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov launched today “It’s about ability” publication in Bulgarian. He was joined by 10 years old Bistra Stareishinka, national artistic gymnastics champion, Niki Panaiotov, Special Olympics champion and Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria. 

Berbatov read his favorite part and stated: “All children are equal and all children have rights. We should not leave any child behind. I hope we will start seeing the abilities not the problems. We need to give chance to the children because when we are united we can make it happen!.”

““It’s about ability” launch is the peak of UNICEF campaign “The invisible children””, said Octavian Bivol. “We start talking about the real change which should happen in everyone of us. And believe me the change is much easer and faster among kids. Thus we have decided to offer this book to the Bulgarian children so that they could help them selves and make a better future”, added UNICEF Representative.

UNICEF campaign “The invisible children” aims at fundraising for professional care and trigger community support for children with disabilities and their families. 120 000 BGN were raised and the project “Playground for children” will be launched in September. As part of its activities in addressing the issue, UNICEF will continue supporting policies change and development of innovative national models for assistance.

© UNICEF Bulgaria / 2009
Berbatov and 10-year old Bistra Stareishinka, Bulgarian national gymnastics champion

It’s about ability:

“It’s about” ability book was created for and with the participation of children to explain the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It aims at explaining the reasons the Convention was created, why it was created and how it can help people with disabilities realize their rights. It suggests concrete actions one’s must take to help children with disabilities realize their rights. It contents summary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information, please contact:

Tzvetelina Bonova
Commucation Officer
UNICEF Bulgaria
Tel.: +359 2 96 96 207
Cell: +359 882 42 44 43



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