Teach For Bulgaria works towards providing every child in Bulgaria with equal access to quality education
Teach for Bulgaria is a non-governmental organization established in 2010 with the mission to provide every child in Bulgaria with equal access to quality education. The foundation was established under the initiative and with the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and is part of the Teach for All global network.
At Teach For Bulgaria, we believe that a positive change for all students in Bulgaria is only possible if everyone in the system works together, building on previous experience and expertise. So for over a decade we have been continuously building a strong community of current participants, program alumni and a variety of partners from all sectors. We are convinced that this is the way to introduce sustainable policies and practices for improving education in Bulgaria.
We believe that every child in Bulgaria should have access to quality education, regardless of where they live, which school they attend, or how much money their parents make. We work towards this cause by developing new teachers, supporting schools, and building partnerships in order to introduce best practices into the education system.
A New Way of Teaching
We recruit, select, train, and support highly motivated professionals and graduates to become inspiring teachers all over the country. Over the course of two years, they get first-hand experience of the challenges in the education system and contribute to the success of their students. Then they use what they have learned to continue their development as successful teachers, principals, social entrepreneurs, or Teach For Bulgaria ambassadors and supporters.
We train and support school teams with diverse profiles from around the country in order to improve teaching and management, thus contributing to the success of every student. It is a two-year program which includes a mandatory school leadership module and optional training courses for the school team: 21st century skills, STEM, Bulgarian for multilingual children and social and emotional skills.
We encourage schools to come up with and implement solutions which address the achievement gap caused by the pandemic. With the financial support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, we provide grants for the implementation of the best school projects, which have a clear plan, a vision for sustainable development, and the potential to be successfully implemented elsewhere in the country.
There Is More
Long-term partnerships and collaboration at all levels of the education system – with the Ministry of Education and Science, Regional Education Departments, trade unions, municipalities, business and civil society organizations.
Participation in Ministry of Education and Science working groups for preparation of policy opinions and major education-related projects.
Sharing useful teaching resources, best practices, lessons and opportunities for teachers through the specialized site prepodavame.bg and other information channels.
Development and promotion of teaching materials and resources for children whose first language is not Bulgarian.
Regional and national forums for teacher peer learning, trainings, practical guides, white papers and conferences on 21st century skills, key competences and professional development.