We're excited to share a few updates with you, highlighted in the attached Donors' Report for July through September. We are proud of our efforts and the achievements of our expanding community working towards education equity in Bulgaria. Just this past weekend, Teach For Bulgaria hosted the Education 2015 conference, with our partners from the World Bank and the European Commission, attracting over 550 guests from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The inspiring 2 day event focused on policies and best practices from Poland, Brazil, and the UK, and how the lessons learned can be integrated in the Bulgarian context. Expect more details on the Education 2015 conference in our next Donors' Report.
The work and success of Teach For Bulgaria would not be possible without your generous support. We sincerely thank you for your trust and devotion to the cause of equitable access to high-quality education in Bulgaria!
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Address: 19 Ivan Denkoglu Str., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Thanks to your support, yesterday 100 Teach For Bulgaria teachers entered the classrooms. They will teach in 55 schools in eight regions – Sofia City, Sofia, Plovdiv, Pazardjik, Stara Zagora, Pernik and Razgrad. As of this school year we are reaching the children in Razgrad region – these and more news you can find the attached donors’ report.
With the growth of our community and supporters, we are confident that we will be able to keep up our presence and build upon our success but, most importantly, reach out to more children in need.
Wish all your children healthy and successful school year!
Please find the attached latest Teach For Bulgaria report.
In regards to Summer Academy project - this year we plan to bring over 500 student to the premises - 90th School in Sofia and to provide a real-life practice and learning opportunity for our new teacher cohort of over 70 participants.
Please feel free to join our event tomorrow - Transformed Students Inquiry Conference that will take place on June 13th 2015, 9:00am–5:30pm (the registration staring at 8:00am), American College of Sofia (Floyd Black Lane, Mladost 2, Sofia), Bulgaria. The conference is entirely designed and led by students. They will be hosts, moderators, work shop and poster session leaders, journalists, photographers etc. The leading role of the students at the conference is aligned with this year’s focus of the Transformed Students Inquiry Process – student engagement with classroom vision and its role for enduring impact on student achievement, aspiration and access to opportunities.
Looking forward to seeing you! Teach For Bulgaria Team
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
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