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Why a Slovak LSE graduate teaches Roma kids in a forlorn village

23rd January 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Anna Vilchová (née Dušenková) will come specially from Slovakia to explain why after five years of university studies in Britain she went back home to teach at a purely Roma school in Rokycany, a godforsaken village of hardly eight hundred people in the Prešov district.

The children there might not turn up at school simply because they have no shoes or might sign their own school record books themselves because their parents are illiterate. The local authorities do not believe in their education and are a hindrance rather than a help. There is no money, the building is run down, the facilities are basic. The BCSA School Support Fund is to make a donation.

Yet the school achieves remarkable results thanks to the enthusiasm of teachers such as Anna who signed up for the Teach for Slovakia scheme. She will share her experience of working there and also explain why she prefers this extremely demanding, poorly paid and lowly job to a high profile, well-paid post that is usually desired by young Slovaks of her calibre.

Anna studied at a private secondary school in Prešov, with a year at Gloucester High School in Ottawa, Canada. This was followed by a BA at University College, London which included six months at Université Libre de Bruxelles. While in Brussels, she also worked as an intern at the EU. Anna then gained an MSC at the London School of Economics; during her studies there she also acted as a project consultant for the Inter-American Developmental Bank in Washington. She speaks English, French and Arabic.

Registration is essential via Eventbrite link below or by email to BCSA subscription members free, non-members £7.50, full-time students £3.00.


23rd January 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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British Czech and Slovak Association


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