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We wanted to share some prevacation inspiration from Teach For Bulgaria’s community. Take a look at what some of our current participants have planned for the summer.

Teachers at First Primary School “Georgi Bakalov” in Stara Zagora

Why a summer school for 21st century skills?
Around the same time last year the 5 teachers from First Primary School “Georgi Bakalov” in Stara Zagora realized that they weren’t able to dedicate enough time to building their students’ 21st century skills in the classroom.

They decided to organize a two-week summer school to focus on: Creative thinking Teamwork; Emotional Intelligence; Reading literacy.

The 3 key elements of the summer school are:

  • All activities take place outside in the open in the villages of Zmeyovo and Hrishcheni where most of the students live;
  • The teachers use the method of gamification;
  • All parents are included in the planning, organization, and execution of the summer school activities.
  • Each of the 5 teachers plans a full day of activities dedicated to one of the 4 skills. The fifth day is dedicated to the community spirit so parents, students, and teachers enjoy a nice picnic with homemade food while playing team building games together.

Yavor’s School Newspaper

Yavor is an English teacher at Secondary School “Neofit Rilski” in the town of Dolna Banya and a first-year participant in Teach For Bulgaria’s “A New Way to Teaching” program.

Why a school newspaper?
When Yavor started teaching in Dolna Banya he realized that there was no school newspaper. In his work Yavor strives not only to teach his ESL curriculum but also to help his students develop a variety of skills such as: Writing; Reading; Critical thinking; Media literacy; Entrepreneurship; Teamwork; Social-emotional skills.

Yavor’s school newspaper summer project meets these particular needs. He wants to involve as many students as possible and work in collaboration with colleagues and local journalists, so his project is going to benefit the entire community.

Thank you for your continuous support!

Teach For Bulgaria Team

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Or how civil engineer Dzhani decided to roll up his sleeves and build his own future in the classroom as a math teacher

Dzhani seems to be one of those lucky people whose career has pretty much been chosen for him. Born into the family of an engineer with his own construction company and an older brother who had already followed in the footsteps of his father, the most natural thing for Dzhani was to follow their lead. He graduated from Vocational High School of Electronics “John Atanasoff” and then from the University of Civil Engineering and Architecture “Lyuben Karavelov” in Sofia.

“I was surrounded by blueprints at home. It was fascinating to see my father and older brother in action – designing an apartment building or working on a university project… More or less, that was how I decided to follow in their footsteps,” Dzhani explains his initial career choice.  

But when he was still a high school student Dzhani discovered yet another source of inspiration – “motivated teachers” and “a wonderful class teacher”. He thought that perhaps someday he might work in education. This idea, inspired by his dedicated teachers, however, had to be put on the backburner. Dzhani got his degree in civil engineering and worked in his father’s construction company for a few years. He was happy, but something was missing. The inspiration he felt in the classroom was still there. Looking back, he realized that as a high school and university student he always helped his classmates, loved explaining and showing them how to solve problems, or reassured them, if anyone felt like they didn’t understand or wouldn’t be able to do something. 

The decision to apply for Teach For Bulgaria’s program seemed only natural to him – a way to pursue the dream he had in high school. 

To his friends, however, this drastic career change was quite surprising. 

“At first my friends asked me how I came to that decision, why I would choose to work for next to nothing, so on and so forth. They thought it was strange that I would go from working as a civil engineer in my father’s company and potentially helping him grow our family business to teaching. Some of them still don’t get it even though they saw it for themselves and told me they had never heard me talk about my job with such passion before.” 

According to Dzhani, Teach For Bulgaria participants are motivated and do not give up easily. He demonstrated the same perseverance when, despite the disapproval of his closest friends, he joined Teach For Bulgaria’s class of 2017-2019. Dzhani taught math and IT at 170 Secondary School “Vasil Levski” in the village of Novi Iskar for two years.  

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Dzhani with some of his colleagues from Teach For Bulgaria class of 2017-2019

Perseverance Is Key

As a beginner teacher Dzhani felt strongly supported by his colleagues at school. He also found much needed support in Teach For Bulgaria’s community of participants and team members. Working with students, however, motivated him the most. That was why he decided to keep teaching even after completing Teach For Bulgaria’s two-year program. He currently teaches math and IT at 97 Secondary School “Brothers Miladinov” in the neighborhood of Lyulin, Sofia. He still talks about his work and the commitment to stay in education with the same passion with which he once talked to his friends about making the right choice by becoming a teacher:

“This whole experience at school, we say it’s exhausting, at times difficult, and demotivating while it actually is wonderful… I have never felt as rewarded as I feel at school – when my students succeed and I know I have somehow contributed to their success. I stayed in the education system because I have a lot of unfinished work. I have a lot more to learn. I want nobody to feel ignored or lost in my class. I want to have the power to change the curriculum and the way we assess students. I want my team of fellow teachers to be strong and openly communicating about any educational issues. I want students to know why they come to school and go home with a sense of accomplishment. I want to be part of the change.”

Learn more about another inspiring math teacher, Georgi.

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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! 

Thank you for your contribution to our project ''Support Teach For Bulgaria Teachers''. With your help we continue to work in some of Bulgaria's most high-need schools and comunities, where most children lack access to quality education due to factors like their ethnicity, family structure, level of education attained by their parents, and their family's financial situation. By supporting us, you are supporting TFB teachers and you are unabling students' success in the classroom and beyond. 

Thank you for believig in our cause! We are excited to continue to support access to quality education for every child in Bulgaria with your help in 2020! 

 

Best wishes from

Teach For Bulgaria Team

 
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“Children can’t choose where they are born, they can’t choose their family, and how they are raised, so they shouldn’t be labelled because of choices that they didn’t really make,” Evelina

Dear supporters,

Thank you so much for believeing in the cause for equal access to quality education for every child! For us, people are the key for sustainable change in the society.

Today, we are going to present to you one of the TFB teachers who has completely changed her life.

Less than two years ago Evelina’s daily routine reflected her lifestyle of an average corporate employee. She got up, went to the office, came back home after a typical uneventful 8-hour work day, and went to bed only to do it all over again the following morning. After years of school and university education, multiple additional qualifications and certificates, Evelina thought she was expected to find a “prestigious job”, work at a “fancy office”, and make lots of money. So she met these expectations, but then found herself emotionally drained and daydreaming of a career U-turn.

The Tipping Point

“I gathered my thoughts and decided that life was too short to live according to someone else’s expectations,” Evelina shared while she talked about her career U-turn.

“I decided it was time for me to finally do something which would bring joy and satisfaction to my life, especially when I see the results of my hard work. I was looking for something more than just a job; a source of inspiration which could motivate me to do my best – with pleasure, not because I had to,” Evelina added.

Applying for Teach For Bulgaria’s program was an impulsive decision back then, but Evelina was certain that it pointed her in the right direction. Once she was accepted, Evelina started her journey with Teach For Bulgaria and is more than happy she found her true passion.

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Antonia and Nikolay
Antonia and Nikolay

Dear supporters,

Thank you for believing in the cause that every child in Bulgaria deserves equal access to quality education. Moreover, thank you for your dedication to support Teach For Bulgaria - our success would not be possible without your support. In this report, I want to introduce to you Antonia and Nikolay - part of the new participants in the Teach For Bulgaria leadership program who will be teaching students from some of the poorest regions in Bulgaria in September 2019. Antonia and Nikolay have already started their trainings. At the moment they are going through an intensive Summer Institute with both theoretical and practical modules, including working with students in the Summer Academy where they will develop their knowledge and skills for teaching. 

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, Bulgaria. 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 - read below:

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 and the community 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!

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