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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
Aylin's photo: personal archive
Aylin's photo: personal archive

The student Aylin talks about what Teach For Bulgaria’s Summer Academy means to her and why she is going for the 8th year in a row

My name is Aylin and I just finished 9th grade. I first enrolled in the adventure called Summer Academy right after I finished second grade. I was very little, quite curious, and I’d always loved school. After the first year I begged my mom to sign me up for this adventure every single summer. And when I finished 7th grade I was able to register myself.

The Summer Academy helped me make new friends and get to know myself better. I still talk to teachers and classmates I’ve met throughout the years, even if we don’t live in the same neighborhood or town. I met Mr. Stoev in 6th grade. He was my class teacher and taught math. For the three weeks we spent together we learned how to be young architects and created a model of 90th school in Sofia where the academy was. When I was in 7th grade and I had to pass my external evaluation exams Mr. Stoev helped me a lot with my math problems. I saw him again last summer at the conference “The Adventure: It’s Up to Me”. We worked together again and I remembered how much I enjoyed being his student. 

"What I like about Teach For Bulgaria is that they show new and interesting teaching techniques to engage students."  

As an example I would point out the jar with colorful wooden sticks. Our names are written on separate sticks and when the teacher has to pick someone to answer the question, they draw a stick from the jar. There is a moment of anticipation while the teacher fiddles with the sticks which could be quite fun. At my school (editor’s note: 97 Secondary School “Brothers Miladinov”), we have more than 5 teachers who have completed Teach For Bulgaria’s program. The way they teach inspires students to learn. Their presence and the way they communicate with us makes us happy.  I believe that Teach For Bulgaria’s Summer Academy can help students a lot, if they struggled with some subjects during remote learning. This is an opportunity which can give us a lot, if we take advantage of it. The last thing I would like to share with you is that the anticipation and excitement I feel when I think that I’ll get to participate in yet another Summer Academy are still there and they get stronger every year.

We are very grateful to Aylin for sharing why she decided to participate in this year’s Summer Academy. Classes were booked in a record time, but you can still support us. Thank you for your continuous support! 

With gratitude,

Teach For Bulgaria

Aylin with Mr. Stoev and other students
Aylin with Mr. Stoev and other students

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For the tenth consecutive year, Teach For Bulgaria organizes a free Summer Academy for students from grades I to XII.

The purpose of the Academy is to increase the students' motivation for learning and to improve their preparation in the subjects studied.

The classes during the academy are led by the new motivated teachers in Teach For Bulgaria program. They are specialists in different disciplines and have varied professional experience. All teachers at the Summer Academy are trained in the international "Teach as a Leader" model, created with a focus on the success of each student.

In 2020, the Academy will be again held in schools in Sofia.

Since the summer of 2010, thousands of children have passed through the Summer Academy of fun and success that Teach For Bulgaria organizes. All of them and their parents have many reasons each year to choose to embark on a three-week adventure.

There are a number of practical reasons for supporting summer training. Here are some of them:

  • Students maintain their knowledge and skills
  • Students make new friendships
  • The Academy helps to enter the new school year more smoothly
  • Improvement of the Bulgarian language and communication skills

More details are coming soon!

Meanwhile, we are happy to announce that during The March Little by Little Campaign which is a five-day crowdfunding campaign, GlobalGiving will match up to $50 of your donation at 50%.

If you wish your donation to be matched, the campaign will start on Monday, March 23 until Friday, March 27.

Thank you for believing in our cause!

TFB Team

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Dear friends and supporters of Teach For Bulgaria,

We wish you happy holidays and a great new 2020!

 Let it be full of peace, prosperity and inspiration! Only by joining our efforts we can work towards providing quality education for every child in Bulgaria and we are excited to continue doing so in 2020! Thank you for your support for our project ''Free Summer Academy for 500 Bulgarian Children'' through which we provide free summer education to 500 kids from low income communities in Sofia who have less opportunities to compensate their academic deficiencies. Thanks to your support we are able to show them that learning can be fun and motivate them to achieve better results. 

Thank you for believing in our cause! 

Best wishes from

Teach For Bulgaria Team

 
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Dear Teach For Bulgaria supporters,

We sincerely thank you for contributing to our project Summer Academy for 500 children!

Without you and your support our efforts would not be complete.

We are more than happy to share with you than this summer more than 800 students from 1st to 12th grade took part in the 9th Summer Academy for Fun and Success. They spent three weeks of their summer vacation developing useful skills, getting ready for the upcoming school year, getting involved in exciting extracurricular activities, and making new friends.The official opening of the Summer Academy was on July 29 and took place at 90 Secondary School “Gen. José de San Martín” in Lyulin neighborhood and 125 Secondary School “Boyan Penev” in Mladost neighborhood. Some of the official guests this year were Deputy Mayor of Sofia City Todor Chobanov, Head of the Regional Management of Education for Sofia City Vanya Kastreva (Lyulin), and other representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian Union of Teachers, and partner organizations. The teachers at the Academy are professionals with diverse backgrounds and will teach different disciplines. They are all trained based on the international "Teach as a Leader" model, created with a focus on the success of each student.

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Antonia and Nikolay
Antonia and Nikolay

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support and engagement. This year, TFB's Summer Academy will once again provide access to quality education and free summer classes for nearly 900 students coming from low-income communities in Sofia and the region. The Academy is part of the practical training experience for all incoming participants in the Teach For Bulgaria program and I want to share with you a short story of two of our new participants, part of Teach For Bulgaria class 2019-2021 - Antonia and Nikolay. 

Antonia has degrees in journalism and economics and business management as well as six years of experience in the media. She has supported children’s access to quality education as a leader mentoring young students on their way to receiving the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. She is ready to give her contribution to education and do whatever it takes to help change people’s limiting mindsets. Here is what she shares about her motivation to join Teach for Bulgaria:

I attended a Teach For Bulgaria event as a journalist and was fascinated by the mission to provide equal access to quality education for every child. I believe that every child has the potential to grow and be successful. Hundreds of young ambitious teachers all over the country are committed to this cause; they all have different professional backgrounds but have chosen to dedicate at least two years of their lives in an effort to bring about positive change in education. This event made me realize that everyone keeps pointing out all sorts of problems – low academic performance, lack of motivation, bullying, and aggression – but how many people have actually done something about it. I decided to become part of the system because change takes decades and I want to contribute.

The problem is that various socioeconomic factors lead to segregation in education and children from rural areas lag behind their peers in the city. These children grow up in social isolation and often lack a reliable and caring family environment because their parents are migrant workers and they are raised by their grandparents. Children from poor regions lead lives full of misery and hardship; they are forced to grow up prematurely and take on responsibilities which are not meant for children like raising and caring for their younger siblings or figuring out ways to provide for the family, for example.

Nikolay has a degree in economics from Dimitar A. Tsenov Academy of Economics in Svishtov. He has worked as a manager for many years, but after getting selected to participate in Teach For Bulgaria’s program and visiting one of our partner schools in the village of Disevitsa, Pleven, he realized he couldn’t wait to start his teaching career. What is his motivation to take part in this incredible journey called being a teacher?

I decided to apply for Teach For Bulgaria’s program because I believe that we need to change the quality of education we provide to our children. The organizational goals are completely aligned with my own ideas of how education should evolve. The shortage of motivated and ambitious teachers leads to ill-equipped graduates. This is where TFB intervenes by training the teachers our system needs. The energy of the entire team of the organization gave me the motivation to leave my profession and start teaching even before the beginning of the program. People who share the same ideas, mission, and work ethic could be successful in anything they put their minds to.

Thank you again for believing that people are the key to long-term changes in the educational system in Bulgaria. Your support makes our work possible! 

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Location: Sofia, Bulgaria - Bulgaria
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