Equal Chance 2015-2016

Since its start in 2011, this project addresses lower rates of high school enrollment and graduation of Roma students due to financial need by providing textbooks and bus passes to high-school students on a competitive bases. Students are selected by partnering NGOs based on their family income and circumstances, motivation to study, and need to travel to school outside the students’ hometown. The expected results of the program are higher rates of attendance, grade completion, and high school enrollment of Roma students. They are given the amount of 500 BGN per student that covers the cost of textbooks and bus passes, to be purchased and provided to students by the partner NGO. A reserve fund of 50 BGN per student allows for organizations to meet other individual needs of students (e.g., winter shoes).