With 20,000 children dropping out of school every year, there is a great need for educational support in Bulgaria.
Amongst the Roma community in particular, school attendance is poor – and children often struggle learning in what isn’t their home language.
Older children leaving institutions at the age of 18 often have a very poor level of literacy and no qualifications. The centre hopes to provide help at either end of childhood.
What are we doing to help?
After school homework clubs will help local children to succeed at school, boost literacy levels and encourage particularly Roma children to continue with their education.
Vocational training will provide employable skills to young adults who would otherwise have few if any prospects as they leave orphanages. The centre will also provide distance learning and IT skills.