Bulgaria: US ambassador Rubin attends ceremony at school for Roma children

Written by on September 16, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Bulgaria: US ambassador Rubin attends ceremony at school for Roma children

On September 15 2017, the beginning of the new school year was celebrated at schools all over Bulgaria. US ambassador to Bulgaria, Eric Rubin, attended the ceremony at a very special school, in the village of Razhdavitsa, in Western Bulgaria, close to the town of Kyustendil.

At St. Cyril and St. Methodius School, the only village school in the area, there are 80 pupils. All of them are part of the Roma minority. Their teachers are dedicated and make sure the dropout rate remains at the zero level. That is where it has been all along.

After completing their elementary education at St. Cyril and St. Methodius School, all pupils move on to regular schools in the Kyustendil and Dupnitsa regions.

At the “back to school” ceremony in Razhdavitsa, Rubin said: “I commend St. Cyril and St. Methodius School for providing all children in the area access to education and helping them reach their potential.”

US ambassador Eric Rubin (2nd from right) at St. Cyril and St. Methodius School.

The St. Cyril and St. Methodius School cooperates with Amalipé, an NGO dedicated to that kind of integration. The America for Bulgaria Foundation supports Amalipé, which runs community development centres and local community clubs in 11 municipalities. On top of that, it works with more than 170 Bulgarian schools to improve Roma education access, prevent dropout, and preserve Roma culture.

(Photos: US embassy)

 

 

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