Nov 2, 2020

Closing 2020 with optimism and high hopes!

Dear Teach For Bulgaria supporters, 

Thank you for contributing to our Bulgarian as a second language project!

Your donations are going a long way to help the creation of materials for language support for students in primary school who are not native Bulgarian language speakers, thus allowing them to receive a more equitable start at school.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting emergency state in Bulgaria exacerbated inequalities which already existed in the education system and resulted in many children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, including students from the Roma minority, having no way to participate in the online distance learning process.They either had no access to the internet, no device to work on or both. Many of them could not receive support for their studies at home, as for 55% of Roma families the main language of communication is different from Bulgarian and 19% of Roma adults are illiterate. This has left a huge gap in these students’ learning experience and knowledge acquisition and this is another need that this project will address. 

Even before the pandemic, children in this type of situation were having difficulties at school and within their wider community. Rosa, who lives in Sheker Mahala in Plovdiv, Bulgaria is in such a position. She is often scared to leave her neighbourhood as she has been the victim of insults. She rarely participates in class. She tries to copy letters from the board, but the teacher usually erases everything before she has had a chance to catch up. She knows a few words in Bulgarian, but she struggles in all subjects. However, everyone around her simply acts as if she just has to be fluent in Bulgarian. 

According to the Ministry of Education and Science, the percentage of children who entered the classrooms for their very first time at the beginning of school year 2019-2020 and whose mother tongue was not Bulgarian was between 25 and 30% of all first graders. 

Once we finalise the development of the language support materials for all primary levels we can begin the dissemination process and reach all teachers in the system who would benefit from using the methodology to better address the needs of their multilingual students.

Thanks to your continued support we are able to keep doing this! 

During the next calendar year we will be developing the language support materials for 2nd grade students and if the generous support of our donors continues, we will be working until we complete those for 3rd and 4th grade and begin the dissemination.

We hope you will continue to support this project and help us reach as many teachers and students as possible.

Thank you for believing in our cause! 

TFB Team

Oct 30, 2020

Over 150 Teachers Start the School Year with TFB

The new class of 2020-2022
The new class of 2020-2022

The organization will partner with schools in 6 new regions of Bulgaria: Varna, Burgas, Targovishte, Shumen, Sliven, and Yambol

Over 150 teachers from Teach For Bulgaria’s “A New Way to Teaching” program are going to teach in 18 regions of the country during the new school year. The new motivated first-year teachers are 113. They are part of the 10th class of participants in the program. The second-year program participants are 39. 

The new participants in Teach For Bulgaria’s program are professionals with diverse experience. They have gone through a rigorous selection process and have been chosen among 3000 applicants. Some of them are engineers, architects, economists, and university graduates from prestigious Bulgarian and international universities. The teachers will work with students from first to twelfth grade. They will teach different subjects, but the highest demand is for math, foreign languages, and primary school teachers. 

“We know that this will be a challenging school year for the educational community and we are excited to be able to support so many new and motivated teachers in their first steps towards helping their students. We are also very happy that the year we celebrate our 10th anniversary is also the year we expand to 6 new regions. This class of participants has already been through many challenges, even before the start of the school year, and this has helped our new teachers learn how to teach regardless of whether it is distance learning or in person instruction. They have learned how to find the best options for their students in collaboration with their colleagues at school,” commented Trayan Trayanov, CEO of Teach For Bulgaria.

Teach For Bulgaria's mission is to work long-term towards providing quality education to every child in Bulgaria by developing new teachers, supporting school staff, and building partnerships in order to introduce best practices to the educational community. 

Over the past 10 years, more than 400 new teachers have participated in Teach for Bulgaria's "A New Way to Teaching" program. They receive professional support to work with students from vulnerable communities and get to know the challenges to our educational system during the two-year program. Over 80% of these teachers continue to work in education as teachers, principals, experts, etc.

Thanks to the support of each of you we manage to get one step closer to fulfilling our goal to provide quality education to underpriviliged children.

Our generous supporter Bogomil Balkansky will match all recurring donations. Listen to what he has to say in the link below and join our group of recurring donors now!

With gratitude,

Teach For Bulgaria

 

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Oct 30, 2020

Summer Academy Teachers and Looking Forward

The new motivated first-year teachers in the program  "A New Way to Teaching" are 113. They all went through a theoritical and practical trainings in the first online Summer Academy.

The Summer Academy of Teach For Bulgaria is the basis for the preparation of the participants in the program "A New Way to Teaching" for their work as teachers in the next two years. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year for the first time the Summer Academy for students was held entirely in a virtual format. The dynamic environment requared many different changes during the training itself, including the organization of a virtual academy for 600 students from all over the country. 

The new participants in Teach For Bulgaria’s program are professionals with diverse experience. They have gone through a rigorous selection process and have been chosen among 3000 applicants. Some of them are engineers, architects, economists, and university graduates from prestigious Bulgarian and international universities. The teachers will work with students from first to twelfth grade. They will teach different subjects, but the highest demand is for math, foreign languages, and primary school teachers. 

“We know that this will be a challenging school year for the educational community and we are excited to be able to support so many new and motivated teachers in their first steps towards helping their students. We are also very happy that the year we celebrate our 10th anniversary is also the year we expand to 6 new regions. This class of participants has already been through many challenges, even before the start of the school year, and this has helped our new teachers learn how to teach regardless of whether it is distance learning or in person instruction. They have learned how to find the best options for their students in collaboration with their colleagues at school,” commented Trayan Trayanov, CEO of Teach For Bulgaria.

Over the past 10 years, more than 400 new teachers have participated in Teach for Bulgaria's "A New Way to Teaching" program. They all went through extensive trainings and provided free education to children during the Summer Academy. They receive professional support to work with students from vulnerable communities and get to know the challenges to our educational system during the two-year program. Over 80% of these teachers continue to work in education as teachers, principals, experts, etc.

Thanks to the support of each of you we manage to get one step closer to fulfilling our goal to provide quality education to underpriviliged children and to keep them motivated during the Summer Academy.

Our generous supporter Bogomil Balkansky will match all recurring donations. Listen to what he has to say in the link below and join our group of recurring donors now!

With gratitude,

Teach For Bulgaria

Links:

 
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