Today I am writing about a brand new school in Moldova. This is exciting to me personally because I am passionate about education. Throughout my life as an expat in Moldova (over five years now!) I have been fortunate to work as a teacher in many international schools. Naturally, I always end up talking about education in Moldova to both expats and Moldovan people. So, I made a trip to the school to take some pictures.
One thing that is absolutely striking about Heritage is its physical environment. Located in the Botanica region of Chisinau, the building stands out with bright and positive colors that invite curiosity and excitement. This feeling continues as you walk inside and explore the hallways filled with bright seating areas and classrooms ready to be used.The school is square-shaped, holding an open courtyard in the center. The corridors and classrooms have plenty of natural light let in by large windows. The gathering areas, such as the cafeteria, the auditorium, the hallways, the playground and other areas for recreation, are spacious and bright. The learning spaces, such as classrooms, technology rooms, laboratories, the library and other rooms for specific needs are equipped with all the necessary furniture, tools and technological resources.Besides its physical environment, there are two things that I liked about Heritage. First of all, the school is in the process of creating a system for students in need of Special Education. They are currently (August, 2017) getting professional advice and training staff to make this endeavor successful. The second special aspect of Heritage, is that it is located right next to the Zimbru sport facilities. This gives a great opportunity for students to do sports easily during and after school.Some of the people who are making Heritage a reality, are the same people who have created CHIPS – the Chisinau International Preschool – in the Telecentru region. CHIPS has been a wonderful place for kids aged 3 to 6 since 2014. Like CHIPS, the Heritage International School is planning to have English as its main language of instructions while providing teachers, a grouping system and other support in Russian and Romanian. They hired international and Moldovan professionals, and they are planning to follow the Moldovan Educational curriculum as well as International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Cambridge International Education (CIE).As the staff and administration is working hard to prepare for their first school day, many children are surely getting excited to start learning in the bright classrooms of Heritage. The days before the school are numbered, and I am filled with hope and good wishes for the school’s success as well as for the future of Moldova. After all, a quality education is the key component of a quality life no matter where we live it.