The project is the result of the active work of Sozopol Foundation since its establishment in December 2002 to the present moment. The activities are implemented and are being implemented on the territory of the Ancient Town of Apolonia National Archaeological Reserve, Sozopol, Bulgaria.
The accessible route in the Ancient Town of Apollonia Archaeological Reserve, which was has been established in the past years, and the educational and informal educational initiative for people with disabilities, whose disability does not allow their full participation in the acquisition of information, is a pilot innovative practice. It could serve as an example of many ancient cities and reserves in the world, where it is developed in small volumes or even absent. Sozopol Foundation’s specialists, who will provide the information, are trained to respond in different situations to the individual and personality characteristics of the disabled.
The implementation of the large-scale project “Knowledge for All” was attended by a number of people with different disabilities, with Sozopol Foundation having permanent contacts with the Agency for People with Disabilities of the Government of Bulgaria and the Center for Psychological Studies, Burgas. Thanks to their active assistance, methodological support and ensuring the participation of people with disabilities, the set goals and the expected results were achieved. Throughout the years of implementation, all forms of funding are used, with the largest share of projects funded under EU programs.
At present, there is no information that the activities of the large-scale project are replicated in full volume, which is part of its uniqueness. The project can be replicated in many places in the world, but we need to emphasize that very good coordination and partnership is required between the government sector, the local government, the non-government sector, business and civil society.
The common goals of project: “Knowledge for All“ for the next years are the finalization of the large-scale idea, the maintenance by all stakeholders of the already implemented activities and the obtaining of the much-needed for all sustainability. Sozopol Foundation considers that this pilot practice can serve as an example for many destinations.
Many awards, media coverage and worldwide recognitions concerning the nominated practice have recognized the active work of Sozopol Foundation. They are reflected on our website. Thanks to the activity of the Foundation, the “Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex”
has received earned recognition from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2015 and has become a world-wide tourist destination accessible to people with disabilities.
The created accessible environment allows anyone who visits the Reserve to immerse in a unique atmosphere. To feel the spirit of the centuries-old city, to see, to hear, to feel the sea, the wonderful city park, the Orthodox church “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, the Archaeological Museum, the street “South Panoramic Alley”, the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex and last, but not least – the Cultural Information and Training Center, where besides full information about the Reserve an interactive information / lectures and discussions, information documentaries, event theater, etc., offered in appropriate ways to all target groups will be provided.
At present, Sozopol Foundation participates in the development and subsequent implementation of a number of national and international projects. The experience gained over the years in implementing the activities of the large project gives us confidence and grounds that our active work as a leading international non-governmental organization in the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage as well as providing an accessible environment for this heritage for people with disabilities, children and the elderly will be beneficial to all sites subject to intervention on future project initiatives.
One of the projects that Sozopol Foundation is currently developing is “Expansion of a viewing platform for observation of a fortress system, spectacular lighting, decorative flower gardens and a panoramic alley – Second stage”. The project is an upgrade and achievement of a sustainability in the provision of tourist services in the Ancient Town of Apollonia National Archaeological Reserve.
The viewing platform for the observation of the fortress system, its spectacular lighting, decorative flower gardens and the panoramic alley аре one of the most preferred places for visiting and recreation on the territory of the Ancient Town of Apollonia National Archaeological Reserve. Every year they are visited by almost all tourists and guests of the town of Sozopol.