Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children

by Teach For Bulgaria/Zaedno v chas
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Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children
Free Summer Academy for 600 Bulgarian Children

Dear supporters, 

Thank you for supporting Teach For Bulgaria’s Summer Academy for the 12th consecutive year! 

This summer, we gathered nearly 600 students in grades 1 to 12 for the 12th edition of Summer Academy. We were extremely excited to see students and teachers in the classrooms after two years of online editions due to the pandemic. 

From 19 July to 5 August, 77 new teachers from our program A New Way to Teaching helped the students to make a smooth transition between the two school years. Children had classes in the morning, covering main school topics, and the possibility of additional afternoon activities. We received positive feedback from parents and students and we are happy that together we provided meaningful summer activities for these children. 

Recently, Teach For Bulgaria has gone through a long process of strategic planning. Teach For Bulgaria has always been a learning organisation that develops and builds on its experience in order to work toward every child in the country having the opportunity to develop their full potential. To respond to the current challenges in the education system, we decided to emphasize the development of training and support of entire school teams in our Model Schools program. Our new focus of work means that we will not organize Summer Academy in the same format in 2023 and we will direct our efforts to other activities

This fundraiser will be closed, but our community will continue to organise summer activities. Alumni from our network will work to provide summer activities for underprivileged students. They will take place mainly in small towns or remote areas where access to quality learning activities is limited. Your support will be very valuable for their success - you can continue donating to our project ‘Help 200 students to stay in school’.

 

With sincere gratitude,

Teach For Bulgaria team

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Dear supporters, 

Thank you for supporting our free Summer Academy which is taking place this summer for the 12th consecutive year! 

As we are busy planning and preparing for it, we wanted to share with you that after two years of online Summer Academy due to the pandemic, we are preparing for a live edition this summer. Students and teachers are looking forward to meeting in person and having meaningful experiences during the three weeks of summer classes.  We expect up to 500 students to join the classes in two schools in Sofia.  We are following the situation as the safety of teachers and students remains our priority and we are ready to adapt the format if needed.

We know that with the end of the school year coming, the summer vacation so longed for by the students comes. The summer months are a well-deserved time of rest for both students and teachers, but one of the great myths about this period is that learning should be paused during the holidays. Learning is the way we all, regardless of age, grow and develop as individuals and professionals. Summer is a time for games, but also for discovering new interests, new friendships, and exploring areas for which there is sometimes no time left during the school year.

This is why this year Teach For Bulgaria’s team has prepared an exciting program for the students in Summer Academy. From 19 July to 5 August the team of motivated teachers will help the students to make a smooth transition between the two school years. According to various international studies, students lag behind the most and lose pace in the summer. With the long vacation in Bulgaria, this is a factor that should not be overlooked by parents and students. The last school year has been difficult and uncertain for many students, and summer activities can be very helpful in gaining knowledge or preparing for the new school year.

The Summer Academy is organised so that each child can find their own balance - in addition to the morning classes covering main school topics, there is an opportunity for additional activities such as writing an online newspaper, running interest clubs, and working on projects. In addition, parents can choose the child's class when enrolling and thus emphasize the consolidation of knowledge or preparation for this school year.

We believe that the Summer Academy is also beneficial for the teachers in terms of their motivation for work from September onwards. For many of them, Summer Academy is their first experience in teaching in a classroom and it helps them to get to know the students better and improve their teaching skills. The last two years have been challenging for the motivation of the teachers and in-person contact with students is a rewarding and valuable experience for every teacher joining our program “A New Way to Teaching”.

If you would like for your child to attend the Summer Academy or are thinking of someone else who might be interested to join check out the registration page here.

We are excited for this year’s Summer Academy and are looking forward to meeting teachers and students in the classrooms!

With sincere gratitude,

Teach For Bulgaria team

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Dear supporters, 

The COVID-19 pandemic, for a second year in a row, provoked us to have the annual Teach For Bulgaria Summer Academy online. The online format allowed us to open the Academy to students from across the country and even abroad. During the last year we gathered significant experience and knowledge in supporting teachers online and we believe we therefore added value to the students with last year’s Summer Academy. 

The Summer Academy as a format gives teachers a strong start for the new school year and a chance to practice all they have learned in theory in the classroom. They can then go ahead and learn how to form deep connections with their students, how to best adapt to their needs and how to develop their potential further. 

Today we would like to tell you the story of one such teacher. 

Alex was a fifth-grade student at “Neofit Rilski” School in the village of Dermantsi where she was born. The school in Dermantsi is one of Teach For Bulgaria first partners in the region and we’ve worked together ever since. Back in 2013, at the beginning of the school year, Natalia found out that she was going to have a new class teacher – a young Bulgarian language and literature teacher who had just started working at the school.  

The fifth-grader couldn’t even begin to imagine how her relationship with Daniela,her new teacher, would develop. Daniela was a participant in Teach For Bulgaria’s program A New Way to Teaching, from which the Summer Academy is an irreplaceable part. Today, after all of these years the student and her teacher still remain close and Daniela is grateful for the opportunity to have been part of her Summer Academy as she could practice how to adapt to the individual needs of her students and form deep and meaningful connections with them. 

This is what Alex had to share about her teacher: “Perhaps the biggest advantage of having Teach For Bulgaria teachers is that I learned to have more faith in my abilities. They showed us that everyone has a chance to grow, that everyone can do it. I’m not saying that the rest of the teachers in our village are less competent, but Daniela and her colleagues from Teach For Bulgaria’s program had amazing classes and we can whole-heartedly say that we felt understood, they helped us feel better at school”. 

Daniela, on the other hand, is happy to have had the opportunity to work with students like Alex. Alex’s curiosity and drive made it a lot easier for Daniela to adjust to her new environment in Dermantsi. She arrived in the village at the end of August in 2013, after the intensive summer training which included the Summer Academy. 

“I remember I had my students write an essay and I told them that they could raise their grade, if they integrated my feedback and resubmitted their work. And Alex resubmitted her essay several times. She did not give up or feel discouraged, she just wanted to give it her best,” remembers Daniela. Daniela joined Teach For Bulgaria’s program because she knew from personal experience how crucial it is to have access to good education and devoted teachers in order to change your life for the better.

After teaching for two years in Dermatsi, Daniela returned to Sofia, but she kept supporting students from the regions of Lukovit and Yablanitsa as part of her project School Miracles. The project started back in 2013 under the initiative of Daniela and several of her colleagues from Teach For Bulgaria’s program in the Lovech region. School Miracles started as a series of school events involving inter-school collaboration and student exchange. However, not too long after the project was launched, the teachers decided that it would make more sense to have two separate programs: career orientation (for high school students) and leadership development (for students of any age who are interested in working on community development projects). These teachers, who are part of the School Miracles team, also went through the Summer Academy and made long lasting friendships with their fellow colleagues and students there. 

Years later, as part of School Miracles’ career orientation program, Daniela was Alex’s mentor. She put Alexin in touch with diverse professionals who were motivated to help her pick a career. Alex eventually went on and started a degree in Education at university, inspired by her teachers and eager to follow in her footsteps. 

We thank you for your generous support, without which, we would not be able to meet and train such wonderful individuals like Daniela who then go on to inspire their students and help them find happiness and purpose in their life! 

We hope you will remain supporting us and you will consider upgrading your regular donation or donating again if you were a one time donor!

All help is very much appreciated!

 

With gratitude, 

Teach For Bulgaria team

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Kids at school
Kids at school

More than 600 students from across the country and abroad joined the 2021 Summer Academy of Teach For Bulgaria! 

The main goal of the academy has always been to provide quality summer activities for students, to increase their motivation to learn and to improve their preparation for the subjects studied during the school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, special attention was paid to catching up the knowledge acquired during distance and online learning and preparing for the next school year.

The teachers at the Academy 

The classes during the Academy are led by the new motivated teachers in the program "New Way to Teaching" of Teach For Bulgaria. This year they are 93. They taught in different disciplines and have a variety of previous professional experience. The activities in the Summer Academy are designed to encourage engagement on behalf of the students, to stimulate their curiosity through project work and to develop their knowledge and skills. 

Strong emphasis during this year’s Summer Academy was the development of social-emotional skills and emotional intelligence in addition to progressing academically. 

During the academy for the first time this year, parents had the opportunity to choose whether to enroll their children in the grade they were currently graduating or the grade they were supposed to start studying during the upcoming school year. In this way, students could put more emphasis on filling in gaps from this school year or preparing for the next.

This Summer Academy was held for the 11th consecutive year free of charge for parents and students thanks to a number of partners and individual and corporate donors including your generous support! This allows all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background, to benefit from joining the Academy. 

 

We hope you will continue to believe in our cause for providing quality education for every child in Bulgaria and you will consider upgrading your support today. 

You can either upgrade your regular donation by 10$ today or if you are a one-time donor, you can consider making another donation in support of our cause. 

Thank you once again!

Sincerely yours, 

Teach For Bulgaria team 

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Dear supporters, 

Thank you for supporting our free Summer Academy which is taking place this summer for an 11th consecutive year! 

As we are busy planning and preparing for it, we wanted to share with you that for the second time the Summer Academy will take place online. We all went through the last year when we had to adjust our routines, roles and habits to the ‘new normal’ and get used to working and studying online, however, we believe this virtual format has its benefits and they should not go unnoticed. Apart from being able to ensure the safety of our teachers and students, the virtual Summer Academy allows us to reach many more students in all parts of the country, including some students abroad. 

We have talked a lot about the inspiring teachers that get to take part in the academy each year and learn and practice their teaching methods. However, today we would like to focus on the benefits of organising summer activities. 

According to many international studies students lose their rhythm and motivation for studying the most during the summer break. As the last school year was very turbulent and uncertain, activities like the Summer Academy can be beneficial for catching up with the school material and regaining motivation for the new school year. This can also make the first few months of the new school year easier for both students and teachers. 

At the Summer Academy this year we will be organising special activities and clubs by interest which are done outside of the classroom hours and can include students from different grades doing something they love together. This is also done with the aim of developing students’ communication and socio-emotional skills through their interests and hobbies. 

We believe that the Summer Academy is also beneficial for the teachers in terms of their motivation for work from September onwards. This time spent with the students during the summer months allows the teachers to work within a program that they have designed themselves and believe is the most beneficial for their students. This gives them agency and allows them to get to know the students better and see the results of their work with them. This can increase their motivation and the pleasure they take from their work, makng them feel satisfied and happy. 

If you would like for your kid to attend the Summer Academy or are thinking of someone else who might be interested to join follow the links for more information and registration

We cannot wait for this year’s Summer Academy to begin and to be able to share stories and experiences from it with you!

With sincere gratitude,

Teach For Bulgaria team

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Location: Sofia, Bulgaria - Bulgaria
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Anjela Deyanska
Sofia, Bulgaria

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