ORT Schools in Moldova Impress Israeli Foreign Minister
The Israeli government showed its appreciation for ORT’s operations with a high level ministerial visit to two ORT schools in Moldova on the second day of the new school year. Israeli Foreign Minister / Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman was accompanied by an Israeli delegation (including the deputy mayors of Nahariya and Migdal Ha’Emek, and ministerial staff), as they visited the ORT Rambam School. There they were welcomed by over 300 jubilant students in song, waving Israeli flags. Additional stops included, the ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum in Kishinev (Minister Lieberman’s birthplace).
At ORT Rambam, the Minister toured classrooms, and made a visit to the school’s own Holocaust Museum.
He educated students with personal reflections of his schooldays in Kishinev, in contrast to theirs. Minister Lieberman explained, “The study of Hebrew and other languages is now not simply possible but is encouraged.” he said. “It’s so excellent that ORT teaches and trains its students in highly important fields of technology which are very much in demand and appreciated in Israel and all over the world,” he added.
At the ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum, the delegation was warmly welcomed by almost 400 students who entertained them as they demonstrated their technological know-how. “It is important to note that the many advanced facilities in the classrooms shown to this important delegation are not available in most of Moldova’s state schools, but have been made possible through the generous support from ORT America’s donors for ORT programs,” commented Alan E. Klugman, National Executive Director. ORT Herzl Lyceum was the only Moldovan school to become part of Microsoft’s global Pathfinder project.
Later, Principal Svetlana Klimina spoke with pride about the history and the achievements of her school and its extremely high ranking in Moldova. The school’s outstanding results in matriculation exams place its graduates in the highest group in the country, with almost 100 percent of graduates accepted to university.
The visit concluded with a promise from Minister Lieberman to continue support for Moldova’s Jewish schools and Jewish education.