Finally, I’m not the only woman on the team anymore as we welcome Lidie Oleson, our new writer for EDUKWEST.
Lidie first got in touch with me via LinkedIn and made a proposal you (at least I) don’t get every day. She offered to introduce me to the Danish and Bulgarian educational systems. I thought, this is really niche but besides, I was also intrigued.
Lidie Olesen is the founder of Boris Temkov Institute, a research facility encouraging cultural analysis. The institute hosts online library with contemporary Bulgarian history documents, supporting students, educators and history interested individuals in their study quests. An alumna of the Danish Interactive Media and Marketing Academy, Lidie graduated as multimedia designer with major in brand strategy. She holds professional diploma in management and completed two master classes from OU Business School MBA program, UK.
I know a bit about education in Denmark, mostly through Stephan Stephensen’s Mingoville and Skolemat but that’s far from a complete picture. Denmark’s society is quite special when compared to other European countries and many aspects are handled very differently in the kingdom including education. I find it very intriguing to learn more about how things can be done differently.
I think nobody but EDUKWEST covers the Danish and Bulgarian education space in such way and I like to let my readers know about things off the beaten track. When I then learned more about Lidie and her way into education, I can clearly see some similarities between the two of us.
One of the goals I set myself with the relaunch of EDUKWEST is to find and support talented blogger in education 2.0. When I started this blog back in January 2009 I was on my own and I would have appreciated some guidance and support when I took my first steps. I hope that EDUKWEST will be such a place. If you think you will fit team EDUKWEST, do it like Lidie and contact me on LinkedIn or via Twitter.
Lidie’s first article is about Denmark, the country she’s been living in since 1996 and their efforts to make children want to read books again. In her article she compares it with a similar initiative of her native Bulgaria and what they can take away for themselves from the extensive experience the Danish have gained.
So, if you’re interested in hearing more about education markets that are not in the mainstream coverage you shouldn’t miss on Lidie’s articles.