ECU SUCCESS STORY: The mayor of Slivnitsa Vasko Stoilkov chosen for “Mayor of the Month” in connection with the ECU Program “Chess in school”

The Mayor of the Bulgarian town of Slivitsa, Mr.Vasko Stoilkov, won the title “Mayor of the Month” in the prestigious ranking of the portal of the Bulgarian municipalities


Over 100 000 people took part in the vote, which was held in May, 2014.

The ranking was held on the topic “Good practices and innovations in the Bulgarian education”. Vasko Stoilkov won the competition because of the introduction of the ECU program “Chess in school” in the educational system of Slivnitsa. You have been already informed that in 2012 Slivnitsa became the first municipality in the European Union which introduced chess as an official subject in its schools according to the ECU program “Chess in school”.


The project was carried out with personal support and commitment of the President of the European Chess Union and the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mr. Silvio Danailov.


The news about the joint initiative of the European Chess Union and the municipality of Slivnitsa received wide international response and was reported by many media, even by European political newspapers like the Brussels based edition New Europe. Impressed by the introduction of chess as a subject in the Slivnitsa school “ Cyril and Methodius” the famous German TV channel ZDF sent a special team to provide the story about this innovative and exciting initiative.


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