Empower Students through Leadership Training

by Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments Foundation
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Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Empower Students through Leadership Training
Dec 22, 2021

Busy semester for student leaders

This year’s Student Leader (SL) Program accepted 39 nominated students from 23 schools across Bulgaria. The students are to assist create teams that will compete at BEST Foundation’s speech and debate tournaments, as well as help the teams with practice sessions, be the link between competitors and teacher coaches and work on various projects throughout the year. 

From September 24 through September 26, we hosted the SL Training at Hotel “Forum”, Sofia. The event’s goal was to prepare the new student leaders of the speech and debate teams in schools across Bulgaria for the year ahead.  The training focused on teaching valuable lessons in leadership, communication, time management and problem-solving and to help the student leaders create a strong community for the year to come.

“The SL training was my highlight of the month. It helped me improve my planning in detail and time management skills, as well as gave me an opportunity to work on my anxiety when it comes to presenting a project in front of an audience. It also gave me a better understanding of the importance of having a sustainable community project.” – Katerina, HSM “D-r Petar Beron”, Varna

A large emphasis was put on initiating and implementing community projects which would help the students contribute to their local community outside of the BEST world. Student leaders were divided into groups and had to come up with their own mini-project under the guidance of a management team member. Then they presented it in front of everybody and were given valuable feedback. 

In addition, we had the honour to welcome several guest speakers such as volunteers from the Arete Youth Foundation that told us more about the community projects they create, Dr Harvey from American University in Bulgaria who led an improvisation workshop, our debate coordinator, Julia, who reached out to the SLs in a discussion concerning the debates for the upcoming year and Kristiyan who talked about the YES program and the opportunity of studying in the US for a year in high school.

The SL program aims to teach students how to lead a team and make a positive impact on the community. These goals are achieved through attending an SL training, completing two pre-tournament projects and a community project. Awards are given at the end of the year for the most outstanding performances. Most importantly, the program creates a sense of belonging among the SLs which is vital for the BEST community.

Currently, the students have submitted their proposals for the community projects they will implement in the Spring semester. The topics range from environment care, music education, lectures on higher education topics, and entertainment. One of the proposals that stand out is by Student Leaders from Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov Foreign Language High School in Haskovo: educating the city on animal rights and working with the local zoo to improve the quality of animals’ lives.

We look forward to working with the students and seeing their projects come to fruition in May.

 

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you very happy holidays!

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