About us at Bulgarian School “Azbuka”

Our school opened its doors in the beginning of the school year 2008/2009. Shortly afterwards the Bulgarian Educational and Cultural Center in Ireland (BECCI) was created. BECCI’s goal is to help in the functioning of the “Azbuka” Bulgarian school in Ireland and the promotion of the Bulgarian culture, traditions, and language amongst the Bulgarian community. The school “Azbuka” proudly continues the traditions of the 2005 school “I am Bulgarian”.

What do we offer:

  • Classes for kids from the youngest group of 4-year olds all the way up to 12th class, or the equivalent 6th year in the Irish Educational System.
  • Classes include the Bulgarian language, literature, history and geography as per the official programs from the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria.
  • Qualified and motivated teachers with decades of experience in both Bulgarian and Irish schools and universities.
  • Preparing kids for the Bulgarian Language Leaving Certificate Exams from a renowned lecturer in Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” and the University Trinity College Dublin.
  • Official Celebrations of Bulgarian National Holidays and traditions, such as: Christmas, Baba Marta, Easter, 24th May which celebrates the Day of Bulgarian education, culture and the creation of the Slavonic alphabet by St. Cyril and Methodius in the 9th century, and more.
  • Fun extracurricular activities such as dancing, art, and more.
  • Successfully conducting online classes during times such as the 2020 pandemic which saw the entire syllabus go virtual.
  • Organizing events and fun activities for parents as well!
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What have we achieved?

At the very beginning of the first Bulgarian school in Ireland “Azbuka” there were 20 kids of Bulgarian and mixed heritage ranging from ages 3-12. Wondering what happened to those kids? Two of them are currently trying to give back for all the incredible years spent in this school and are creating this brand new website for “Azbuka” (hope you like it)! The teachers in the school itself (see below) are specialists with higher education degrees in pedagogical studies and the tradition to continue working with the best teachers out there remains to this day and is a core value for the school!

In 2009, the “Azbuka” school applied for the very first time for the Ministry of Education program “The Bulgarian language and culture across borders”. Thanks to the successful entry within the program, the school received additional financing equivalent to 80% of its total annual expenses. This allowed the School Fees to be lowered and for “Azbuka” school to begin offering more educational programs, including the History of Bulgaria. Nowadays the school offers classes in Bulgarian & Literature, Geography and History!

Since then:

  • More than 500 students have successfully graduated from the school over the last 15 years.
  • Over 1,000 certificates for a successfully completed academic year have been awarded.
  • More than 70 students have successfully gone through the Leaving Certificate exam for Bulgarian Language.
  • We have completely two international ERASMUS projects through the European Union programs with partners all across Europe.

Our Incredible Teachers!

Radostina Stefanova

Radostina Stefanova

Our Principal Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science degree “Special pedagogic education” with a specialization in “Speech Therapy” in the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”. Masters Degree in “Psychology” with the Veliko Tarnovo University “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”.

Additional Qualifications: Teacher of national folk dancing, acrobatic rock-&-roll, gymnastics and zumba. She is a teacher of Bulgarian Language and Literature for the pre-school group in the Bulgarian School “Azbuka”, in Dublin since 2012 until 2014. In 2009 she sets up her own dance studio in Dublin. Radostina is a teacher of dance and choreography for more than 10 years and teaches kids of various age groups.

The biggest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say “The kids now work, as if I don’t exist.” Maria Montessori.

Ekaterina Georgieva Nikolova-Ilieva

Ekaterina Georgieva Nikolova-Ilieva

Teacher

Education: Veliko Tarnovo University “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” in “Philology” and specialising in “Russian language and literature”. Second specialization is in “History” with a Qualifications Recognition – Ireland – Level 8.

Professional Qualifications: Thracian University in Stara Zagora for a teacher of English Language from V – XI class.

Professional Experience: Decades of experience as a teacher of English, Russian, and History. Ekaterina has also been class teacher to students in high-school from IX – XII classes.

Author of:
1. Educational project titled “I speak Bulgarian” under the guidelines of “Bulgarian language across borders” from the Bulgarian Ministry of Education
2. Methodical guide for teaching Bulgarian as a second language.

Dimitar Kamburov

Dimitar Kamburov

Teacher

Associate Professor of Literary Theory at the department of the same name at the Faculty of Slavic Philology in Sofia University.

Author of: Sycamores and Branches, ed. Figura, Sofia, 2003; Bulgarian lyrical classics, ed. Prosveta, Sofia, 2005. Co-editor together with Irina Novikova of “Men in the Global World: Integrating Post’Socialist Perspectives”, Kikimora Publications, Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki, 2003, ISBN 952-10-1308-7; with Maria Vasileva from Pro Art, ALtera, Sofia, 2007; with Mihaela Harper on Bulgarian Literature as World Literature, Bloomsbury Publishing House, New York, 2020.

Since 2014, he has been a Bulgarian lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, as well as a teacher of Bulgarian language and literature at the “Azbuka” school in the same city. He’s the school’s Bulgarian language teacher from 8th to 12th grade.

I have always seen myself as a “reading teacher”, no matter at what level I have taught. My academic experience helps me to expand the spiritual horizon and the general culture of high school students, to immerse them in the variety of speech and expressive possibilities of the Bulgarian language and to teach them to read, understand and differentiate between what they supposedly say and what they actually say in all kinds of texts.

Boryanka Naydenova-Marova

Boryanka Naydenova-Marova

Teacher

Education: Veliko Tarnovo University “St. St. Cyril & Methodius” with a specialty Bachelor’s Degree in “Informatics with legal capacity as an Information Technology teacher” – 2002. Master’s degree in Computer & Multimedia – 2003. Professional qualification of English philology at Veliko Tarnovo University “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” – Pleven branch – 2007.

Professional Qualifications: From 2004 to 2007 – teacher of informatics and information technologies in the High School with teaching of foreign languages ​​in the city of Pleven, where he teaches students from 4th to 12th grade. English teacher for children from 1-4 grades at “Vela Blagoeva” school, Veliko Tarnovo Quality Assurance Specialist in a software company.

Additional Experience: “As a parent of 3 children, I became part of a parental cooperative “The Sun Path” – an alternative to kindergartens, in which parents are the main actors. There, together with other mothers, I had the opportunity to teach and deal with raising children from 2 to 6 years old according to the Maria Montessori method.”

Motto: “Each person has an indeterminate amount of potential and energy which, if given the chance to develop, will easily achieve what they dream of.”

Galina Valcheva Vasileva

Galina Valcheva Vasileva

Teacher

Education: “Tina Kirkova” Institute for Kindergarten and Primary Teachers, Dobrich.

Professional Experience: Kindergarten teacher (2.5-6 years old), Elementary school teacher. Goal-oriented and motivated person. Galina works with children of different age groups and their parents, and she possesses a wide range of qualities that are valuable and useful for her work as a teacher. Works well in a team, she’s innovative and a very creative person ready to meet the challenges of modern education. Positive and energetic. High level of computer literacy. She speaks Russian and basic English. Plays musical instruments, draws, is very communicative, adaptable, and as mentioned, creative. 

“I love working with children and give myself completely and unreservedly to it.”

Jelyan Eneva

Jelyan Eneva

Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s degree “Special pedagogy”, specialization for hearing-impaired children, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia.

Master’s degree “Preschool and school pedagogy” at Southwestern University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad.

Master’s degree “Child-adolescent and school psychology” at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia.

Practice as an educator in the school for hearing impaired children “Decho Denev” in Sofia, as a primary teacher and school psychologist in schools in Sofia. Practice with preschool children in Blagoevgrad.

Motto: “We never forget what we learn with pleasure.” – Alfred Mercier

Ailya Mustafova

Ailya Mustafova

Teacher

Education: Veliko Tarnovo University of “St.St. Cyril and Methodius” Bachelor’s degree in “French philology with qualification of a second foreign language – English”. In 2008 Ailya studied Human Resources in the Ballsbridge College of Further Education in Dublin, Ireland.

Professional Qualifications: Teacher of French and private tutor of French for the candidate high-school student exams.

“For me, as a mother and a teacher, kids are pure joy and the loveliest challenge.”

Motto: “The best way tohelp kids succeed in life, is to make them happy”.

Doryana Boeva

Doryana Boeva

Учител

Education: Master’s Degree in “Child and Elementary Pedagogy”, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”.

Professional realization: My entire 40-year professional experience has been pedagogical. This has included being a Kindergarten Director, Senior Teacher, and a Classroom Teacher for Grades 1-6.

“For me, being a teacher is not a job, but an inner necessity, a love for children, vocation and satisfaction!”

Semiha Bilgilli

Semiha Bilgilli

Teacher

Teacher of Bulgarian language and literature, and Fine art. Semiha completed her education at “Paisiy Hilendarski” Polytechnic. Many years of experience in teaching Bulgarian as a second language.

Additional qualifications and certificates: “Teaching Bulgarian in a foreign language environment”, “Speech and language therapy assistant” – Pearse College, Dublin.

“In the age of science and knowledge, as artificial intelligence enters every part of our lives, our responsibility and most important goal is to help children become spiritually strong individuals, brought up with kindness and humanity, to become individuals with ideals. Children are the most valuable thing in our lives, they are our future. Every child is a miracle and has the power to change the world. I believe that together we can do everything!”

Contact Us:

+353 85 275 8687

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