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Bulgarian as a second language

by Teach For Bulgaria/Zaedno v chas
Bulgarian as a second language

Summary

This project raises funds for the development of a methodology for teaching Bulgarian to students in primary school (grades 1-4) who are not yet fluent in the language. There is an urgent need for such a methodology, as it will provide an equal start at school for children whose mother tongue is different from Bulgarian. At the moment TFB teachers are working with 1823 children who are in such situation and would benefit from this project, with more likely to be reached in the coming year.

$55,686
total goal
$43,150
remaining
112
donors
3
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
2
months

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Resources

http:/​/​zaednovchas.bg/​en/​

Organization Information

Teach For Bulgaria/Zaedno v chas

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria - Bulgaria
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @zaednovchas
Project Leader:
Nguyen Le
Sofia, Bulgaria
$12,536 raised of $55,686 goal
 
116 donations
$43,150 to go
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