In Bulgaria early dropout from the education system concerns mainly children from the largest ethnic minority in the country - the Roma. For 55% of the Roma families the main language for communication is different from Bulgarian; moreover, 19% of Roma adults are illiterate. Thus, Roma children face extreme inequality at the start of their education due to their lack of proficiency in Bulgarian which often this leads to their dropping out from school and failure to integrate into the society.
At the initiative of our ambassador Nguyen Le and his Bulgarian colleagues at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (N. Angelov, V. Haralampieva, V. Kazakov, Sv. Klimentov, G. Koleva, N. Milushev, V. Mitev, T. Pavlov, Sv. Pislenski, R. Shopov, A. Thompson, R. Tomova, O. Zhelyazkov), EBRD (via its Community Initiative) has agreed in principle to support TFB's efforts by matching all donations from private donors for this fundraiser, up to EUR 50,000.
In the short-term and medium-term, the project's success will directly affect children in need of additional and specialized support in mastering Bulgarian. There is no such methodology on a national level and therefore TFB aims to disseminate it on a country-wide scale. TFB will strive to work with its public sector partners like the Ministry of Education in order to share the methodology and all accompanying instruments and to be able to reach as many children in need of this as possible.