The Homework Club project provides afterschool supervision, reliable and safe childcare for 25 children who are at risk of dropping out of school. A total of 750 classes will be carried out for a period of 1 year. The main activities include completing homework assignments, reading books and novels, engaging in creative writing activities, working on math facts and concepts and studying for tests.
In Bulgaria early school leaving is particularly high especially among Roma. Parents' low socio-economic status has a strong impact on students' performance. Many parents can't help much with homework because their level of literacy is too low. About 43 % of Roma children aged 14+ not attending any educational level and about 40 % of Bulgarian 15 year-olds do not have a minimum level of basic skills in science, reading or mathematics, according to the 2015 PISA survey.
Children deprived of parental care or living with families facing adversity identified as being at risk of dropping out of school will receive additional academic support at the Homework Club. Different groups will be organized for 25 primary and secondary school students. Each group will meet twice a week. 750 classes will be carried out for a period of 1 year. The main activities will focus on homework completion, reading support, math help and preparation for standardized testing.
The project will help children become more engaged in school, help raise their academic performance and reduce their likelihood of taking part in at-risk behaviors or acting out in school. Also, it will extend children's literacy experiences in ways not generally possible during the school day, help them develop a variety of lifelong interests and skills which in turn will help them participate better in their community.