• The interns asked tens of questions during the meeting with the foundation representatives
• Our program is aimed toward leadership development, said Petar Proikov
The change depends on every one of us. We from Teach for Bulgaria believe that the way to change Bulgaria is education. This was one of the most important messages sent by Teach for Bulgaria foundation representatives who met with the interns from member companies of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria. The participants in the young.LEADERS.talk event asked many questions during the meeting which lasted over an hour and half.
“We believe that every child deserves good education no matter the circumstances”, said Peter Proikov who presented the non-governmental organization’s activities. He presented also worrying data known for years – 24% of the young people between the ages of 16 and 24 do not study and do not work and 41,5% of the students are functionally illiterate. The Teach for Bulgaria teachers are trying to change exactly these worrying trends. The program draws a lot of attention and in 2017 almost 2000 persons have applied for it – only 65 of them have been selected. These are people with ambition to bring change, to be role models, people who are not afraid of challenges, stated Petar Proikov.
He said that Teach for Bulgaria is a leadership development program because its participants strive to develop their leadership qualities and to influence the environment where they live and work.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria has been organizing the National Internship Initiative “Stay in Bulgaria”. The program is oriented towards the youngest professionals and will enable them once again to prove their qualities and skills, to get involved into the real business and to find opportunities for development along with suitable environment and a stimulus for their professional realization in Bulgaria.The initiative is under the patronage of Mrs. Eva Maydell, MEP.
In 2018 the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria launched its Young.LEADERS.talk series which takes place within the Council’s National Internship Initiative. Its purpose is to enable young people to meet their role models – political leaders, managers and young professionals who started their own careers as interns, as well as to visit some of the largest companies in Bulgaria. In this way young people have the opportunity to get familiar with the business world and to learn how companies are organized and how they operate.