When Maria Gaidarova was given the opportunity to study from her home in Bulgaria for a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Worcester she jumped at the chance.
The chance arose from The Rotary Club of Worcester, which had agreed to sponsor a mature educationalist to study at the University.
Now Maria, a headteacher at a school in Bulgaria, has completed her PG Cert, with a Merit, and graduated in November 2011.
Speaking about her experience she said: “The University is a great place to study. The level of teaching is high and you could always find the support you needed.”
The idea behind the scheme was to forge an international link between Worcester and Maria’s school, to help Maria progress and share good practice with her colleagues.
The PG Cert has proven useful to Maria in many areas of her personal and professional development. “Learning makes us more creative and relevant in a dynamically-changing world,” she said.
As well as gaining thorough knowledge about negotiated learning, educational research and reflective practice, Maria learned “how to explore the process of change and my own role as an agent of change.”
Maria is already putting her newly acquired skills and experience to good use. As Vice Chairman of her local education union, Maria has been sharing her knowledge with her colleagues, who hope to work together to continue improving the quality of education for children in the city of Plovdiv.