Jan 28, 2019

Updates from Teach For Bulgaria

Simona and the future IT specialist.
Simona and the future IT specialist.

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support during the last year! Your engagement allows us to dream about the future and for what it could be. Not only for our own future but that of every student in Bulgaria, who needs support and someone to believe in them. Support from someone, like Simona, a teacher at "Hristo Botev" secondary school in Gorna Malina and a participant in Teach For Bulgaria's leadership program: 

"Since my first year as a teacher, I've realized that my students' dreams are very material and limited. I really wanted to show them that to dream for the future and what they could be one day, is one of the greatest things... Every day, I try to support them and to encourage them to embody different roles and try new things, to write about their "dream trip", or to re-enact something that has impressed them. It is essential for me that at the end of the school year my students are motivated young people, who strive for success.", shared Simona.

Thank you again for believing that people are the key to long-term change in the educational system in Bulgaria. Continue to invest in them! We need your support to achieve our goals - together, we a stronger and more powerful community!

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Nov 2, 2018

Updates from Teach For Bulgaria

Gabriela and her class
Gabriela and her class

Dear supporters,

This year, TFB's free Summer Academy provides access to quality education for nearly 1,000 students, coming from different unprivileged communities from Sofia and the region. The Academy provides practical training experience for all incoming participants in the TFB program. 

"Today, we will have a quiz. Do you know what a quiz is?", asks the teacher Gabriela. Some of the students are not quite familiar with the meaning of this word, but others know and that's why they share their knowledge with the others. "I will ask you questions and I will split you into two groups - "arguments" and "thesis". Each group will have 10 seconds to answer every question. Are you ready? ", asks the teacher again.

So, the first question is: "What is an essay?". The second is: "What is an argument?". The third one: "What is the structure of an essay?" ... After ten minutes the two teams have the same number of correct answers and the teacher is a step closer to the goal of preparing the children for writing an essay - not just by teaching but also, by allowing students to experience it. Likewise, with ease, these young people recap the meaning of words such as "empathy", "stereotype", "active listening" and more. And they imperceptibly learn how to communicate effectively, which is not so common in ordinary classrooms. 

That is what has taken place in a philosophy class of the 22-year-old teacher Gabriela, a participant in the Teach for Bulgaria leadership program, during TFB's eighth free Summer Academy. Her students are between grades 9-12, they work in groups, laugh, move from one place to another and seem intrigued by what they are doing. The students want to improve their knowledge and skills in the summer and this free academy is their choice to do that.

Your engagement supports the work of people, like Gabriela, to develop and improve students knowledge.

Thank you!

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Nov 2, 2018

From "Iliad" to anime - school transformation

Students sharing their knowledge
Students sharing their knowledge

Dear supporters,

Since of the beginning of this school year, students from 11th grade at the 90 secondary school "Gen. Jose de San Martin", Sofia have their own library - in their own classroom with their own books. The idea for this library was born last year when the teacher in Bulgarian Language and Literature and teacher in Teach for Bulgaria's leadership program Vanya discussed with her students how to make their classroom even more attractive.

The transformation of the place begun quickly. With the support of students, parents, friends, volunteers, teachers, and the director, the classroom was painted with beautiful graffiti - entirely with ideas coming from the students. In order to make the place even more convenient for them and to stimulate the reading process, all the students collect and share with each other new books from a variety of genres.

"I wanted to provide my students with access to different opportunities that are close to them", shared Vanya. It is important for her to help her students feel good, to develop their reading literacy and to learn new things and expand their worldview. 

The library is filled with novels, different encyclopedias, foreign language books, dictionaries ... The students recognize the library as their own, and some of their favorite activities are to compare stories from the books with their film screen adaptations. In this format, for example, they discuss "Iliad" and "Don Quixote".

Since the beginning of the school year, there has been a growing number of literature discussions between the students. Vanya encourages them to share their opinions, learn them that everyone can have different preferences (and there is nothing wrong with that), and also that everyone has something to learn from others, as Vanya has learned from her students to read ... anime.

Thank you for your engagement!

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