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private / home educating in Bulgaria

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private / home educating in Bulgaria

Postby vivienne ll-wms » Tue 31 Oct 2006 19:13 GMT

With 4 young sons aged 13, 12, 9, and 8, I intend to home educate to UK standards and I will test to usual UK GCSE levels. My husband is a uk builder and we hope to build our own home with classroom facilities. As a psychology graduate I hope I'll be up to the job! We will hire a private tutor for Bulgarian and I.T. then after aged 15 (ish) we hope to let the boys specialise (one is into engineering, one into music, one into computer programming, one into motor mechanics). Any comment, advice, or warnings will be much appreciated! We hope to settle in the Albena region. My husband is a former footie player so he is v. interested in the sports facilities in the region too.
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Homeschooling

Postby Naomi ODonovan » Sat 20 Jan 2007 13:08 GMT

Hello Vivienne

I am a teacher and my husband is a builder. We have four children as well and intend to homeschool in Bulgaria. Have you chosen a curriculum yet? I contacted a woman who is homeschooling in Sofia to ask her about the situation because I had read that it was illegal. Here is an exerpt of what she sent me and I hope it helps:

"I homeschool the boys and without any difficulty - as far as the law
is concerned. This is mainly because we are all Americans (though my husband is also a citizen of Bulgaria and my boys are automatically dual citizens) and therefore left alone in this area. We have never "registered" our children with any school. There is no need to do so - only if they were
solely Bulgarians."

I do know that homeschooling is illegal for Bulgarians unless the children have certain dissabilities, so there won't be many other homeschoolers to band with. I am American myself and we have quite a few homeschoolers and hs organizations in the States since 1 in 25 students is a hschooler.

I'd love to hear how things go for you.

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Naomi
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Postby johnpshorteon » Sat 24 Feb 2007 02:25 GMT

Hi
I have followed your discussion with interest. Can you answer this? As there are so many English living, say near the coast, are there schools available or the children. I don,t think there are any International schools.
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Postby spiral » Thu 5 Apr 2007 20:22 GMT

hi, I am currently homeschooling my 2 aged 9 and 8, and the 17 year old is doing his A levels as a correspondence course and will then sit the test at the British Council in Sofia.

We are not far from Albena, maybe we could meet up for the odd day out.

I have been told it is illegal to home school here, but as we don't claim anything from the social security and are not bulgarian citizens, I can't see there will ever be a problem.
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Family with children from London thinking of moving to BG

Postby Justine3351 » Sun 14 Oct 2007 20:09 GMT

My husband and I have 2 young children, aged 7 and 4.

About 3 years ago we bought an old house in the center of Tryavna, we employed a local architect who is in the process of completing the rennovation works. My husband and son are flying out next weekend to see the house again and to choose the furniture etc. We had planned to rent it out for part of the Summer and use it for our own holidays too.

However, over the past year or so, we've spent hours and hours discussing how we don't want to bring the children up in London. We've absolutely loved what we've seen of Bulgaria so far, (Tryavna, Arbanasi, Veliko Turnovo, Etar, Koprivshtitsa, Elena, Varna). The low cost of living, clean air, wonderful scenery, rich in culture and friendly people, little crime etc. makes it a very appealing place to raise our kids. Financially we would be secure, however leaving family and friends would be hard. Taking that big step would be so much easier if we knew we could move to BG and be close by to other British families, in the hope that we could make new friends with not only the locals, with other fellow Brits too, providing some support network with each other. Without that it could be very challenging we think. Wondered if there are any little expat communities in BG thinking of home schooling their kids together in a small group? Are there any other Brtish families still here in the UK with similar thoughts and concerns about moving to BG?

Any replies would be great: my email: Hgraceisabel@aol.com
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Postby astrophotomag » Wed 19 Mar 2014 23:13 GMT

This is brilliant news as we home educate our youngest child, but my wife did read somewhere that all children had to attend school unless there was a disability which stopped them for doing so. This is now a weight off our minds. Thank you for brining this question up, you have made all three of us very happy indeed :)
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