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The Annual Conference “Education 2014”
The Annual Conference “Education 2014”
November 14-15, 2014Sofia, hotel “Balkan”, 5, Sveta Nedelia Square (former Sheraton hotel)


This conference will focus on key innovations and improvements needed for enhancing the quality of and access to education in Bulgaria.
  • What lessons for Bulgaria can we learn from the successful educational reforms in Poland?
  • How can teachers become more effective and efficient in the classroom?
  • How can school principals change the image of the school and support teachers in a manner that allows all students in the school to develop at their full potential?
  • How to be more successful in introducing young teachers in the profession?

This year’s edition of the Annual Conference “Quality Education for Every Child in Bulgaria will attempt to provide an answer to all these questions. The event will be held in Sofia on November 14-15 and is open to representatives of the news media.

The conference will focus the attention of Bulgarian and international educational experts, leading representatives from the Government and the non-governmental sector, teachers and school principals on key innovations and improvements needed for enhancing the quality and access to education in Bulgaria. During the conference, the World Bank will present its report with key recommendations for improving the educational system in Bulgaria.

WHAT: Annual Conference “Quality Education for Every Child in Bulgaria”

WHERE: Sofia, hotel “Balkan”, 5, Sveta Nedelia Square (former Sheraton hotel)

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. Opening

WHO: The event is organized by “Teach for Bulgaria” Foundation, the European Commission and the Country Office of the World Bank in Bulgaria

The first keynote speaker of the conference will be Prof. Zbigniev Marciniak – former Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Education of Poland and the architect of the educational reforms that resulted in the significant improvement of the Polish students’ performance. During his presentation Prof. Marciniak will speak about the lessons learned that Bulgaria may adopt from Poland’s successful educational reform.

Steven Farr, Educational Director in Teach For America, will share how a teacher could be more effective in the classroom. Farr is the creator of the model “Teach Like a Leader”, implemented by teachers in about 40 countries around the world, that deal with students with low motivation for success in school. Based on this teaching model, teachers succeed in achieving exceptionally high scores with their students.

The following key note will be delivered by Ed Vainker, Principal of the Reach Academy in the United Kingdom. The school was recognized by the Royal School Inspectorate Ofsted for the high quality of education provided to students from predominantly poor and immigrant families. Vainker will share how a school principal could change the image of the school and support teachers in a manner that all students develop at the best of their potential.

The closing key note of the conference will be delivered by Eve Eisenschmidt, Professor at the University of Talinn who will speak about the successful Estonian model in introducing young teachers in the profession through mentoring and continuing education.

WHAT: Annual Conference “Quality Education for Every Child in Bulgaria”

WHERE: Sofia, hotel “Balkan”, 5, Sveta Nedelia Square (former Sheraton hotel)

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. Opening

WHO: The event is organized by “Teach for Bulgaria” Foundation, the European Commission and the Country Office of the World Bank in Bulgaria 

  • Prof. Zbigniev Marciniak

    former Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Education of Poland and the architect of the educational reforms that resulted in the significant improvement of the Polish students’ performance. During his presentation Prof. Marciniak will speak about the lessons learned that Bulgaria may adopt from Poland’s successful educational reform.
  • Steven Farr

    Educational Director in Teach For America, will share how a teacher could be more effective in the classroom. Farr is the creator of the model “Teach Like a Leader”, implemented by teachers in about 40 countries around the world, that deal with students with low motivation for success in school. Based on this teaching model, teachers succeed in achieving exceptionally high scores with their students.
  • Ed Vainker

    Principal of the Reach Academy in the United Kingdom. The school was recognized by the Royal School Inspectorate Ofsted for the high quality of education provided to students from predominantly poor and immigrant families. Vainker will share how a school principal could change the image of the school and support teachers in a manner that all students develop at the best of their potential.
  • Eve Eisenschmidt

    Professor at the University of Talinn who will speak about the successful Estonian model in introducing young teachers in the profession through mentoring and continuing education.
  • Presentation
    How can Bulgaria improve its education system? by Plamen Danchev