Jul 5, 2018

Teach For Bulgaria Summer Academy 2018 Update

Dear supporters,

We're thrilled to kick off the 8th annual Summer Academy in just a couple of weeks, on July 30th! Thanks to your generosity and engagement, we've been able to provide free access to the academy for children from grades 1-12. This year we will again welcome students in Lyulin and Mladost - two of Sofia's biggest neighborhoods. We expect more than 950 students and many of them would be part of the academy for second or third year. In this regard I would like to share with you some of the things which Nedelina /mother of a child which was part of the academy last year/ said:

"I want to share some of the things that my child have learned during the academy. The first time my daughter took part in the academy was 2 years ago. She was in 5th grade and geography was (and still is) her favorite subject. There was a child with disabilities in her class and the teacher instructed my daughter how she could be in help with the lessons. The results were unbelievable. The child improved its knowledge and my daughter was provoked to be interested in problems of the children with disabilities.

Another great benefit for my daughter was in history lessons - in general she doesn't like them. But now this is changed. The teacher from TFB program used methods that changed her attitude to the subject and she decided to participate in a history contest. She wanted to see how her changed attitude reflected in her knowledge. That's why I admire everything that TFB teachers and the entire TFB team do!”

With your support we help more children to have an equal access to quality education and more of our participants to do their best.

Thank you!



May 18, 2018

Little success for Denitsa and her students

Dear supporter,

I would like to share with you a story about Denitsa and her students from "Paisii Hilendarski" secondary school, who participated in a national speech and debate tournament in English for students 8-12 grade, called BEST. "Paisii Hilendarski" secondary school is the first school from the Srednogorie region, Bulgaria who participate in this event. 11 students worked hard to prepare for the tournament and as a result one duo of students reached quarter-finals, one duo reached semi-finals and 1 child won a medal in poetry.

Denitsa says: “Our team was founded only a year ago and we are very proud of our students' commitment and achievements.”

By participating in this competition, the students form "Paisii Hilendarski" school mastered a number of skills, such as performing in front of an audience, reading literacy, influential speaking, teamwork, constructive competitiveness and networking. During the preparation, they helped each other to work as a team and during the tournament, they worked intensively with students from other schools and performed in front of judges.

Without your support, this would not be possible. Thank you!


Apr 11, 2018

Teach For Bulgaria Update-upcoming Summer Academy


Dear TFB supporters,

On April 10, Teach for Bulgaria officially closed the 2018 recruitment season for incoming participants and we are really pleased to welcome the new ones, who will begin their training in the summer. As you know, the Academy is a part of the practical training for the incoming cohort of participants before entering the classrooms in September. This Academy is very important for developing their skills along with developing children's skills. Additionally, the Academy provides free summer education for over 1,200 children from low-income communities in Sofia every year. Thank you for your continuous support for Teach For Bulgaria's free Summer Academy.

In this report, I want to introduce to you one of our new participants from 2018 cohort – Gabriela. We’ve asked her a few questions. See below what her answers are, what motivates her the most and why she choose to participate in Teach for Bulgaria program.

Gabriela is 22 years old and she’s a psychologist, graduated from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She says: In the next two years as a teacher I expect many. Many challenges, many successes, many changed destinies and many friendships for life.

  • If you have to present yourself in one sentence, what would it be?

I’m a psychologist with an enormous place in my heart for the cause of bulgarian education.

  • Why did you choose to apply for TFB program?

When the end of my bachelor's degree came, I was pretty confused where should I go and what should I do. I’ve decided to wait with my master's degree for many reasons. But I was certain that  I would not be ‘just stand there and watching’. I looked at myself and in my values. I realized that quality education has always excited me and that topic really set the fire in me. Then I thought how many people didn’t have the same opportunities I had in my education. I said to myself - TFB would address these attitudes and beliefs of mine in the right direction. And that’s how it happen.

  • What do you expect from the next two years?

I expect almost everything - many challenges, many successes, many changes destinies and many friendships for life.

  • What education do students need to be successful in real life and to be happy?

High-quality education that opens opportunities and motivates students for a better future.

We would really like to thank you for your support for this project. Your help allows us to attract more people like Gabriela, who are working for success of every child especially for underperforming children in Bulgaria. By supporting TFB Summer Academy, you give a chance for more students to participate in and to expand their skills and academic knowledge.


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