Dear TFB supporters,
Thank you for supporting Teach For Bulgaria teachers in fighting the illiteracy and the high school drop-out rate in Razgrad region. We have now fully funded our project and have exceeded our initial financial goal! We hope that you have found this investment valuable because we certainly have and without your contribution our work would not have been possible!
Two years ago we entered the Razgrad region with 7 TFB teachers and last year, a total of 9 TFB participants taught in underperforming schools in the region. Karolina, Daniela, Velichka, Iliana, Radostina, Ivelina, Svetla, Ailin and Galia worked with their students to overcome academic challenges, to improve their access to opportunities and to increase their motivation to achieve better results.
Even though this project is fully funded, we are committed to our long-term efforts in the region and with the approaching 2017/2018 school year, we will continue to work in underperforming schools in high-need regions in Bulgaria with more TFB teachers.
Thank you for believing in our cause and for choosing to invest in our project – we're in this together and our success is your success. For more information about our work and progress please visit the official TFB website or our Facebook page (links are below).
We truly value your partnership.
Sincerely thank you for your support,
Neli Gacheva and the TFB team
Dear TFB supporters,
Thank you for choosing to support Teach For Bulgaria teachers in North East Bulgaria. Today, I want to share with you a story about innovative methods for increasing discipline in the classroom. Three young and ambitious Teach For Bulgaria teachers introduced penalty cards as a way to attract students’ attention in Razgrad. The method proved to be a successful one and the teachers are implementing this practice in their classrooms as part of TFB’s mission to provide equal access to quality education for every child.
Iliana, Ivelina and Radostina are second-year TFB teachers and all have different motivations for joining the program, yet all three are united by the idea of overcoming the educational inequality in Bulgaria.
Before becoming a teacher, Iliana graduated psychology and has worked predominantly with children through private classes and other organizations. Her colleague, Ivelina shares that for her, it was essential that she devoted her time to a cause that was beneficial to the society. She believes that every person’s duty is to ensure sustainable and positive change and so, her personal undertaking was to join the educational system and work towards decreasing its deficits. Radostina, on the other hand, is an ancestral teacher, and even though she wasn’t quite interested in becoming a teacher a while ago, she changed her opinion and followed in the footsteps of her family members.
The three ladies are after-school teachers and implementing innovative teaching practices to encourage children to reason, to understand their strong skills and to further develop their creativity and imagination. Also, the teachers focus on helping the students resolve issues by using creative and unconventional methods to stimulate their individual and intellectual development in a more free environment without relying on old-fashioned templates and models.
“For a second year, I continuously try to empower the students to be more individualistic because there are numerous situations, where I find that students can handle tasks on their own, but are just not given the opportunity. I let them take the lead on checking their own homework, so that they learn to take responsibility for their own results. I also let the upper-graders teach lessons from the school modules because it motivates them and it makes them realize that they have greater potential than just being passive listeners”, shares Iliana.
An important element from the teaching process is for the teacher and the students to achieve a democratic agreement in following the rules and regulations in the classroom in a constructive way. In their work, the TFB teachers employ a “scoring” system for evaluating the children. They give points for good behavior, written homework, for helping and supporting their peers, so that the children have an incentive to grow and to get more points.
The practice of using penalty cards in the classroom is a very innovative practice but also a very engaging one. The adolescents, who are huge fans of the local “Ludogorets” football team, perceive the penalty cards very well and it comes to them naturally to monitor their own performance.
Your continuous support has allowed us to introduce Iliana, Ivelina and Radostina into those students’ lives in an attempt to bridge the gap between these underperforming students and their peers in larger cities.
Thank you for supporting Teach For Bulgaria.
Dear TFB supporters,
2016 marked a year of records for Teach for Bulgaria - the largest cohort of teachers entered a record number of schools (89) in ten regions in Bulgaria. Every single one of these 165 Teach For Bulgaria teachers is currently working most arduously with his / her students to develop key skills and knowledge and broadening their opportunities for success in XXI century.
On November 1st Teach for Bulgaria launched its latest recruitment campaign, which aims to attract new people into the educational system to become aspiring teachers in the classrooms in 2017 and motivate students from vulnerable communities to strive for better academic results and success in life.
Between October and December 2016, Teach For Bulgaria worked extensively towards raising awareness towards pertinent issues that the Bulgarian education is currently facing by addressing some of the biggest challenges and seeking possible solutions for a better outlook in the future. As part of these efforts, TFB co-hosted the annual Teach For All Global Conference “Reimagining Education” and the national conference “Education 2016” in partnership with the European Commission, the World Bank, Forbes Bulgaria and Organization “Education Bulgaria 2030”.
We welcomed approximately 400 guests, among which educational leaders, business professionals, etc. from over 50 countries at the three-day Global Conference in Blagoevgrad. The theme was intended to challenge participants to think creatively and with a student-centered focus, learn from each other, and consider the implications of their learnings for their own contexts. At the forefront of many discussions was the Bulgarian educational system and the challenges that it is facing.
The national conference “Education 2016” was entirely focused on the challenges, facing the Bulgarian education, and the possible outlook for the future. It was attended by more than 400 guests - education experts, school principals, teachers, alumni, NGOs, media. Among the key topics discussed were the development of effective teachers in 21st century; early childhood education in minority communities and effective school leadership.
Thank you for your continuous trust and support! Your contributions make our work possible and get us closer to our shared goal in facilitating access to quality education for every child in Bulgaria.
On September 15th, nine Teach For Bulgaria teachers entered the classroom in the northeastern region of Razgrad. This year, five new teachers began their Teach For Bulgaria journey in the town of Kubrat and two villages near Razgrad- Iasenovets and Ravno. The teachers will cover the following subject areas: English, German, Bulgarian and Literature, and afterschool programming by interests. With diverse backgrounds and shared motivation, the teachers in the region are excited to embark on the second year of Teach For Bulgaria's presence in that part of the country. The second-year teachers organized summer schools in Razgrad and worked in the nonprofit and corporate sectors over the summer. In September they attended Teach For Bulgaria trainings specilized for second year teachers, which focused on contextualization. Teachers worked in groups with colleagues from the same region in order to analyze that the focus of their work in their second year of teaching should be. Unanimously, teachers chose to focus on building relationships with parents, involving and engaging them in the learning process and asserting a sense of ownership for students' aspirations and achievements. Our teachers in the northeast region have already planned and executed home visits and parent-teacher meetings at the start of the 2016-2017 school year in order to continue building on the successes of last year.
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