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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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The TFB participant Dilyana
The TFB participant Dilyana

Dear supporters,

When it comes to innovations in education in Bulgaria, the village of Zheleznitsa probably wouldn’t come to mind, but right there, about 10 kilometers away from the city of Sofia, a young teacher has taken it upon herself to create the very first Montessori classroom in a Bulgarian municipal public school and to teach a mixed age class of primary school students according to the Montessori method.

This is Dilyana’s story. She has been a teacher at the local school in Zheleznitsa for four years now. Her teaching career started back in 2015 when she joined Teach For Bulgaria’s program and completed it successfully in 2017. Dilyana and her colleague Tatyana are currently laying the foundation of Montessori school education in Bulgaria. This is possible thanks to a combination of factors: the changes in the law of education which allow for innovative methods of teaching in the public classrooms, the support of Savina Ignatova – principal of the school, the parents who wanted their children to be in Dilyana’s classroom even though some of her students don’t even live in the village and travel to Zheleznitsa every single day, and many other teachers, supporters, and volunteers who are part of the Montessori community in Bulgaria.

Developed by Italian educator Montessori, the method is based on the principle of learning by doing; it relies on teachers’ scientific observations of children and gives students the freedom of choice of activities from a prescribed range of options with no time limits. An important feature of this approach is that it mainly focuses on early childhood development and is therefore most popular among several private – and recently even a few municipal – kindergartens in Bulgaria. 

“Freedom of choice, freedom of movement, freedom of picking your partner or the place for your work. My students are free to pick which activity to start with, they are also free to move on to another one whenever they wish,” Dilyana says. "Freedom of choice is not the same as anarchy. Students plan out their day every morning. We also have rules which require them to do language (Bulgarian), math, reading, and science every day,” the teacher shares. This gives them structure and then they can follow their own tempo. “But it is obligatory for them to work on all subjects throughout the day,” Dilyana is adamant.

Giving students more freedom in the classroom does not mean that they are not obliged to progress according to the same educational standards as their peers. “We do midterm assessments, start of the school year tests, we follow all requirements of the Ministry of Education and Science,” Dilyana says. The difference, however, is in the approach. “We don’t say ‘OK, we’ll have a test now’, we say ‘let’s see how much progress you’ve made in order to understand what you need to work on’,” the teacher says. Based on the results she makes individual plans for all students, so they can work on their areas for improvement.“This is the main principle in our classroom – we have an individual approach to every child.” adds Diliyana.

Thank you for your continuous support! Your engagement allows more people, like Dilyana, to become inspiring teachers and educational leaders. 

The classroom
The classroom
Inspired student
Inspired student

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Simona and the future IT specialist.
Simona and the future IT specialist.

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support during the last year! Your engagement allows us to dream about the future and for what it could be. Not only for our own future but that of every student in Bulgaria, who needs support and someone to believe in them. Support from someone, like Simona, a teacher at "Hristo Botev" secondary school in Gorna Malina and a participant in Teach For Bulgaria's leadership program: 

"Since my first year as a teacher, I've realized that my students' dreams are very material and limited. I really wanted to show them that to dream for the future and what they could be one day, is one of the greatest things... Every day, I try to support them and to encourage them to embody different roles and try new things, to write about their "dream trip", or to re-enact something that has impressed them. It is essential for me that at the end of the school year my students are motivated young people, who strive for success.", shared Simona.

Thank you again for believing that people are the key to long-term change in the educational system in Bulgaria. Continue to invest in them! We need your support to achieve our goals - together, we a stronger and more powerful community!

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Students sharing their knowledge
Students sharing their knowledge

Dear supporters,

Since of the beginning of this school year, students from 11th grade at the 90 secondary school "Gen. Jose de San Martin", Sofia have their own library - in their own classroom with their own books. The idea for this library was born last year when the teacher in Bulgarian Language and Literature and teacher in Teach for Bulgaria's leadership program Vanya discussed with her students how to make their classroom even more attractive.

The transformation of the place begun quickly. With the support of students, parents, friends, volunteers, teachers, and the director, the classroom was painted with beautiful graffiti - entirely with ideas coming from the students. In order to make the place even more convenient for them and to stimulate the reading process, all the students collect and share with each other new books from a variety of genres.

"I wanted to provide my students with access to different opportunities that are close to them", shared Vanya. It is important for her to help her students feel good, to develop their reading literacy and to learn new things and expand their worldview. 

The library is filled with novels, different encyclopedias, foreign language books, dictionaries ... The students recognize the library as their own, and some of their favorite activities are to compare stories from the books with their film screen adaptations. In this format, for example, they discuss "Iliad" and "Don Quixote".

Since the beginning of the school year, there has been a growing number of literature discussions between the students. Vanya encourages them to share their opinions, learn them that everyone can have different preferences (and there is nothing wrong with that), and also that everyone has something to learn from others, as Vanya has learned from her students to read ... anime.

Thank you for your engagement!

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Location: Sofia, Bulgaria - Bulgaria
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