Students and teachers from three schools in Kostinbrod are organizing an innovative auction with the goal to boost business-education partnership in the region. The “Business Auction – We Support Education” will bring together representatives from the business sector in Sofia and the region and students who have been working on six school projects. The business will be able to support them in various ways – by “adopting” a project, providing mentorship, or offering collaboration for the execution of the project. Another goal of the event is to help students find out more about some of the career opportunities they will have after completing their education.
This one-of-a-kind educational initiative will take place on Tuesday, Feb 27, at 4 p.m. in “Ivan Vazov” community center. The people behind it are students and teachers (Teach For Bulgaria participants) from Secondary School “Dr. Petar Beron”, Professional High School of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture “St. George”, and First Primary School “Vasil Levski” in Kostinbrod.
The two-hour auction includes a student projects fair at which students are going to present their six projects followed by the auction itself, during which every business organization will find out more about how to support each project. The event will end with a discussion on the role business can play in providing more and better opportunities for students’ professional development. All participants in the auction, representatives of local authorities and of Kostinbrod municipality are going to take part in the discussion.
Primary, middle school, and high school students have been working on the school projects which will be presented at the “Business Auction – We Support Education”. The scopes of the projects are quite diverse.
The students from Professional High School of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture “St. George” and their teachers Vasilena Filimonova, Stoyan Raykov, Kristina Usheva, and Zdravko Kerelsky have focused on three areas. The first one is building experience and developing valuable professional skills in class with the help of representatives from the business sector. The second one is creating an outdoor classroom with an eco-friendly nook and a playground. An the third one is starting an annual cleanliness festival which will bridge music and art with ecology, learning, and social engagement and activism.
The young students from First Primary School “Vasil Levski” and their teacher Nikolay Borisov have focused on civic education by starting a civic education club. It gives students the opportunity to not only learn more about government institutions, but to start or participate in community development initiatives which address specific needs in their community. They have recently written a project proposal for the renovation of their school yard fence and got funding, so they will be able to see their initiative through.
The students from Secondary School “Dr. Petar Beron” and their teachers Maya Mladenova, Radoslava Georgieva, and Shizen Izet have also prepared inspiring projects. They have been working on a drama club, for example, in which the young actors star in plays both in Bulgarian and English. Another project is the so-called “bazaar for institutions” through which the youngest students will be able to learn about the functions of the main government institutions in Bulgaria. Their third project is a career fair for high school students and young people in Kostinbrod.
All teachers who have been working with their students on the projects and on the business auction are Teach For Bulgaria participants. The mission of the organization is to provide equal access to high quality education to every child in Bulgaria. Teach For Bulgaria was initiated and generously supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and it is part of the global network Teach for All. Teach For Bulgaria recruits, carefully selects, trains, and supports high-achieving professionals from diverse backgrounds who teach at partner schools for a period of at least two years and remain long-term supporters of the cause for equal access to education. An integral part of their work is the effective collaboration with the school principal, their colleagues, the parents, and stakeholders from the local community.