The IFS mourns the loss of Yordanka Valkanova, who passed away on 18 August 2022 in her native Bulgaria. Yordanka – known to many as Danna – was a deeply committed scholar and educator who published numerous works on Froebelian education, the history of childhood and Soviet and Jewish education (among other topics). In addition to her role as Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, she served in important capacities at the Froebel Trust and the IFS, working behind the scenes to support and enhance Froebelian research and its dissemination worldwide. Yordanka was the heart and soul of the IFS Executive Committee for more than a decade and served as its Secretary for much of that time. Yordanka will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.
A full obituary will follow at a later date, and the IFS hopes to arrange an opportunity to formally remember her and her spirit when we gather for the Society’s Tenth Biennial Conference in Ireland in 2023.