Stanimira Hristova and Emiliyan Kadiyski from the first teacher graduates under the Teach for Bulgaria Program (2011-2013) were included in the 40 under 40 list of Darik Radio for 2016. Every year, this list comprises 40 Bulgarians under the age of 40 who are changing the status quo. Those are creative innovators, entrepreneurs and daring dreamers. The final list of the present edition features young professionals from the field of science, art, business, social entrepreneurship, IT, sport, etc. Stanimira Hristova and Emiliyan Kadiyski have been selected for their personal projects which somehow continue the mission of the Teach for Bulgaria community, i.e. equal access to quality education for each child.
Stanimira Hristova is the founder of a non-profit called Mestentseto, located in Sofia. This is a place where children with special needs can study, play and develop their skills. More about her work can be found on the website of Mestentseto here.
Emiliyan Kadiyski is one of the founders of the organization Vratsa Software Society which offers free programming courses and hosts various activities for students and adults in Vratsa. In this way, they are aiming to create more opportunities for professional fulfilment and prospects for young people in the region. Only a month ago, Emo Kadiyski and his partners were recognized for their work in the European list of Forbes 30 under 30. At the end of 2016, Emiliyan himself became one of the Bulgarian nominees for the Global Teacher’s Award of the Ministry of Education and Science. You can learn more about Vratsa Software here.
Among the selected innovators in 40 Under 40 this year, is Alexander Drangazhov, Executive Director of Questers Bulgaria, who is one of the strong supporters of Teach for Bulgaria, together with his colleagues from Questers. Ha was included in the list namely because of his innovative method of raising funds to support the education in Bulgaria. Upcoming is a new joint initiative between Teach for Bulgaria and Questers intended to unite in an untraditional way the IT industry, entertainment, curiosity and commitment to the better education cause.
The 40 under 40 Bulgarians in the list this year have been selected by an expert jury out of more than 150 nominations. Previous editions of 40 under 40 have also featured representatives of the Teach for Bulgaria community: Evgenia Peeva, Executive Director of the Foundation (2013) and Trayan Trayanov, Program Director of Teach for Bulgaria (2015). The full list for 2016 can be found here.