We are halfway through our full year program with the Summer Academy approaching fast. We just completed our Human Rights and Discrimination module. We were supported by 15 volunteers who were trained by the Helsinki Committee in Bulgaria. We were fortunate enough to reach out to over 70 children in 6 cities. In each orphanage we discussed the universal human rights, why it is important to know them, how to identify and handle discrimination and also the responsibilities each of us has in society. The participating students from all orphanages come together in two final events on March 12th and 27th where they’ll debate the importance of human rights and discrimination. The children responded beautifully to the discussions and we all feel that this module helped raise awareness and made them more self confident.
After the wrap-up of the Human Rights and Discrimination module we will move to the Economic module. It is a program which prepares our students with the professional skills they will need to get jobs. We will discuss topics such as time management, communication, teamwork and personal budgeting. These are all very basic skills that they are not taught in their orphanages.
We are looking into our Summer Academy and what we want to achieve with it. We’ve noticed that there is a gap between their on-the-job and the classroom experience. This is why we will move from an academic to a more practical approach in this edition of the program. We would like to work with our most active and devoted students and place them in internships with real businesses of their choice. Along with this, we will enroll them in vocational training in order to help them get the job they want after leaving the orphanage. Of course we will continue to provide English and leadership training in order to enhance their professional skills.
Thank you all for you support. We are looking forward to hearing your comments or proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
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