On the privilege and responsibility of becoming a teacher

“Illiteracy is on the rise, and the happiness of people depends largely on our level of enlightenment as well as the example we set for others,” Veronika Metodieva shares.

With a great desire to learn and develop, she decided to become a teacher and continue studying at the age of 32.  This year, she is about to start her third year studying Primary School Pedagogy at the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa. 

Veronika plays many roles – she is the mother of two girls, Alissia (aged 13) and Anastasia (aged 4). She also works as a resource teacher at the high school in Oryahovo.  She says that the thing that would bring her the most joy would be to see her children get a higher education.  “This is the greatest wealth they could possess.” Veronika considers her own greatest success the moment when she decided to apply for the university, which she could not have achieved without the support of her husband.

“He supports my desire to keep studying and developing, so I made the decision to become a student as well,” she shares.

Her path has not been without obstacles. She failed to get into the university the first time, but this did not stop her.  Soon after her first attempt, she heard about the work of the New Road Association and their partnership with the Trust for Social Achievement.  She applied for the Young Roma Teachers project and joined a preparatory course that they were offering for university entrance exams.  With this step, she became one of 76 women supported through the project.

“The day I found out I was going to become a student, I felt true gratitude.  I want to be a good example for my children and their peers, so that they grow up knowledgeable and capable,” Veronika says.  And she looks toward the day when she hopes to join the growing number of Young Roma Teachers who have graduated from university, of which there are currently 41.