COMENIUS – Biography George Plamenov Atanasov Bulgaria Language School “Frederic Joliot-Curie”, Varna April 2009
Family <ul><li>My name is George Atanasov. </li></ul><ul><li>I was born in 1983 in Varna. </li></ul><ul><li>My parents and all relatives </li></ul><ul><li>have Roma origin. </li></ul><ul><li>My elder sister Teodora and I had been separated after the divorce of our parents when I was 7. Teodora had been brought up by our mother and I- by our father and our Grandmother. </li></ul>
Family <ul><li>My Grandmother was born in Tolbuhin. In the 1930’s she trekked to Varna where she became a textile factory worker. She is of the protestant religion. </li></ul><ul><li>My father had a job in a factory designated for employing disabled people. </li></ul><ul><li>My father and my grandmother spoke only Bulgarian at home. I didn’t know Romany until I was 16. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>Kindergarten - in Vladislavovo district where the family lived. My father volunteered for kindergarten furnishing and thanks to that I have been registered at the garden. My memories about this period are not cheerful. We were 2 Roma children in the group. I had been reproached for all nuisances because of my Roma ethnos. The kindergartener was often beating me. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>Primary school – “Aleko Konstantinov” school in the same district. I had to repeat my first class, my first schoolmistress didn’t like me - I had learning problems because of dyslexia. Because of that she hit my head on the blackboard … </li></ul><ul><li>I lost my willingness to continue school, but my father urged me to repeat first class with another teacher. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>Grammar – school – in Draganovo village </li></ul><ul><li>My father was unemployed, our life became very difficult and we had to move from the village to survive. There I completed at the Draganovo grammar – school. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>Agriculture Vocational School in Valchi dol </li></ul><ul><li>My family moved to the little town Valchi dol, where we bought a house in Roma district. Most of our relatives lived there. We farmed in Valchi dol. At 16 I had to experience new stress - because I did not speak Romany the Roma people did not accept me. They surnamed me “the Bulgarian”. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>University </li></ul><ul><li>In 2001 I was admitted to study law at the Varna Technical University, but because of the high fees I couldn’t begin. </li></ul><ul><li>I finished a course of ethno pedagogic in Veliko Tarnovo and worked as a resource teacher in an intercultural school. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>2002-2006 I studied Social pedagogic at the Shumen University . (the fees there were not so high and I paid them by working) </li></ul><ul><li>After my graduation I worked for 2 years at Social Welfare – in the Keeping Children Safe Department. </li></ul>
CV <ul><li>Now I am a pedagogical advisor at First Primary School, Varna. I consult teachers, the headmaster, parents about the school’s integration of minority students. </li></ul><ul><li>I am a president of a nongovernmental organization – Balkan Association AMALIPE ( www.amalipe.hit.bg ) We deal with intercultural education and prevention of drug- addiction. </li></ul>
Friends and interests <ul><li>I am not married yet. </li></ul><ul><li>My religion is Protestantism and I go to the Evangelical Methodist Church in Varna. Maybe I profess this religion because my grandmother and my father were protestants. </li></ul><ul><li>I have many friends from different ethnics – Roma, Bulgarians, Turks, Armenians, Greeks. </li></ul><ul><li>I play the piano in a Rock Style Gospel band. </li></ul>
The reasons for my successful integration and realization in the Bulgarian society <ul><li>The family support and care. </li></ul><ul><li>Early involving in educational </li></ul><ul><li>System. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the religion. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing among Bulgarian surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>George Atanasov, 27 April 2009 </li></ul>
Project: “Mind the Gap – Migration Needs Integration”
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