I am glad to shate with you the key results from our work last months.
Currently, we are in active recruitment campaign for teachers in 2015/2016 school year. We are working hard to our goal of 70 new teachers so we can reach to more children in need. Before turning the pages on the attached report, I would like to share with you the story of one of our students - Emo. Emo is a 12th grade student of Roma descent at the professional school for tourism in Pirdop. His mother tragically passed away, and his father has taken no interest in raising him in recent years, leaving him largely to raise himself. Despite these difficulties, Emo has the ambition to become a history teacher. Together with his current history teacher, Teach For Bulgaria teacher Petya Daneva, and his previous history teacher, Teach For Bulgaria alumna Velislava Romanova, he is working actively towards this goal. Petya recently helped Emo prepare a lesson which he then taught to his peers, thus gaining firsthand experience in his desired future profession. For the past months, together with Petya and Velislava, Emo is focusing on preparing for the university entrance exams and identifying stipend opportunities in order to support himself while pursuing his studies.
I would like to thank you for the support of Teach For Bulgaria, as you help us reach more students like Emo and show them that there are no limits in reaching their dreams.
Please find enclosed a detailed report about Teach For Bulgaria work and achievements in last quarter.
Dear supporters, I am glad to share with you last updates on our work in the past quarter. Probably one of the key highlight is that we started 2014/2015 school year with 88 teachers reaching more than 6000 children from low-income communicates across Central and Western Bulgaria. Needless to say that our teachers are fully determined to chance the life trajectory of their students and have already done the first steps towards this direction. For example during the first weeks of the school year Valeria Ivanova, a teacher in 40 High School in Sofia, has been working with her 2nd grade students on developing their personal visions for the school year. The students, with the guidance of Valeria, created visions for what they want to accomplish by the end of second grade. A proof that our teachers change not only lives but influence the school culture and communities where they serve comes from the village of Oreshene, Lovech region. The local school is implementing an innovative way for establishing classroom culture and discipline, taking an example from second year Teach For Bulgaria teacher, Yoana Slavova. Since last year Yoana has used a technique of student behavior tracking in all of her classes. The goal is for classes to compete against each other by gathering points for good behavior. Each class selects one name, like in the popular children book series,Harry Potter. Yoana's colleagues noticed the efficacy of this approach, and now the system has been expanded school wide to great effect. Already one of the traditionally most difficult classes in terms of behavior has reached 3rd place in the competition. Students are also assigned the responsibility of tracking their own behavior, and despite initial concerns that they would lie or not take the responsibility seriously, the students have taken ownership of the process with no issues. Once again I would like to thank you for your support and encourage you to see the attached detailed report for the past quarter. Best, Anelia Todorova External Partnership Manager
On behalf of Teach For Bulgaria, I would like to thank you for your generous contribution to Teach For Bulgaria 2014 Summer Academy. This year the Academy was attended by 328 students, grades 1-12. Due to the dedicated work of Teach For Bulgaria teachers, just in 3 weeks, students increased their performance with 27%. Both students and parents gave high marks to all our teachers.
Please refer to the attached mid report to understand more about students achievement and teachers performance during the Academy. A final report will follow in October 2014.
Sincere gratitutes for making this experience possible to 328 Bulgarian children.
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