The Bulgarian educational system is obsolete and essentially fails to prepare students for the future. The Green Educational Centre ELA will be a place where, connecting with nature, students will develop their creativity, confidence and analytical thinking. We already purchased an old school building with 4000 sqm of land and are transforming it into a inspiring learning and activity park accessible to all kids, embracing their differences. Download the attached file for Bulgarian translation.
40 % of the students in Bulgaria are functionally illiterate. They hardly receive quality career orientation, let alone be inspired and be able to save the Planet and live together. Most of them do not experience science, nature, and arts directly - they just read about them. In 2016, our national survey showed that 13-year olds have few life plans or dreams about their future - a tendency more distinctive among vulnerable children. They have little belief in their own contribution to society.
We are creating a place where teachers and entrepreneurs will demonstrate to students how school curricula are applied in the professional field and everyday life. The Centre will exhibit renewable energy technologies, ways to coexist with nature, and applied artificial intelligence in supportive and engaging environment for informal learning. The children will take part in workshops such as carpentry, beekeeping, coding, gardening, cooking, orienteering, and auto-mechanics.
The Centre will equip children with the skills needed for them to become environmentally aware adults prepared to meet the evolving requirements of the job market. We will further develop the Centre as a knowledge and training base for higher-education students - the future teachers who still shape up their understanding of what skills an educator should instill in her/his students. Download the attached file for Bulgarian translation.
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