Bulgaria, the Consequences of the Pandemic on Young Students


On the eve of the 2021 Christmas holidays, the school system in Bulgaria seems to have finally returned one step away from normality. As of mid-December 2021, over 80% of pupils and compulsory school students – from the first to the twelfth grade – are in fact physically back in the classrooms  .

A result that is far from obvious in what is one of the EU countries hardest hit by the fourth wave of Covid-19, fuelled by vaccination rates below 30% and a certain skepticism towards prevention measures. To achieve this, the Sofia authorities have put in place a flexible strategy, which includes regular viral tests and green passes for children vaccinated or cured of the disease, and a more liberal approach in the municipalities with the lowest infection rate.