Sofia Platform is proud to announce the beginning of its newest project “Lessons from the past: what happened before ’89?” which started in March 2016 and is conducted under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rossen Plevneliev. Support for Sofia Platform is provided by the America for Bulgaria foundation. The statements and opinions expressed herein are solely those of Sofia Platform and do not necessarily reflect the views of the America for Bulgaria Foundation or its affiliates. The project includes a number of activities aiming at engaging both students and the general public in a conversation about the Bulgarian history in the period 1944 – 1989. In the framework of the project thirty open lessons for high school students indifferent towns all over the country will be organised on topics, related to the communist rule in Bulgaria. In addition, fifteen seminars for history teachers will take place with the aim of sharing good educational practices in teaching the subject matter. Five lectures for university students will familiarise future Bulgarian journalists with the work of Georgi Markov and the prize, given in his name, by Radio BBC. Finally, showings of the exhibition “Breaks in the wall” by Petar Baytchev, depicting former prisoners from Belene will be organised in five Bulgarian towns. All of the above will be accompanied by free and easily accessible online materials, including an online course on Bulgarian history from the period 1944 – 1989 for students and two handbooks – one for teachers and one for students – on the same topic. Updates and recent information on the project can be found on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.