COMENIUS – Biography
George Plamenov Atanasov
Language School “Frederic
• My name is George Atanasov.
I was born in 1983 in Varna.
• My parents and all relatives
have Roma origin.
• 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.
• 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
• My father had a job in a factory designated for
employing disabled people.
• My father and my grandmother spoke only
Bulgarian at home. I didn’t know Romany until
I was 16.
•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.
•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 …
•I lost my willingness to continue school, but my
father urged me to repeat first class with another
• Grammar – school – in Draganovo village
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.
• Agriculture Vocational School in Valchi dol
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
• In 2001 I was admitted to study law at the
Varna Technical University, but because of the
high fees I couldn’t begin.
• I finished a course of ethno pedagogic in Veliko
Tarnovo and worked as a resource teacher in
an intercultural school.
• 2002-2006 I studied Social pedagogic at the
Shumen University . (the fees there were not
so high and I paid them by working)
• After my graduation I worked for 2 years at
Social Welfare – in the Keeping Children Safe
•Now I am a pedagogical advisor at First Primary
School, Varna. I consult teachers, the headmaster,
parents about the school’s integration of minority
•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.
Friends and interests
•I am not married yet.
•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.
•I have many friends from different ethnics –
Roma, Bulgarians, Turks, Armenians, Greeks.
•I play the piano in a Rock Style Gospel band.
The reasons for my successful integration and
realization in the Bulgarian society
• The family support and care.
• Early involving in educational
• The role of the religion.
• Growing among Bulgarian surroundings.
George Atanasov, 27 April 2009
Project: “Mind the Gap – Migration Needs