One Thursday morning, I had the chance to interview three parents- a Turkish father, a Chinese physician, and an Italian housewife. Their children attend school at Fountain International School (FIS), a private, non-sectarian, co-educational institution catering k-12 education (pre-school, elementary and high school).
Though there were times I just nod during our conversation because I can’t comprehend what they were trying to say, I believe that my heart understood them completely. All three are, after all, just like me- a parent.
This is Silva Riganelli-Jimenez, an Italian married to a Filipino. Her husband’s work pushed them to move in Manila two years ago. Putting forth education as a top priority, her main task then was to find an international school with renowned standards but with a cost-effective setting for her son.
Though her son came from a stringent Italian curriculum and very different school setting, she narrated that the boy was able to adapt at FIS. She personally commended the school’s English language program that has helped her son expand his English proficiency. As a parent, she also appreciated the home visitation program and regular school activities that highly promote interaction among parents, teachers, and the school’s administrator. She smiled as she recalls a time wherein parents and school staff gathered for an international cooking affair. She had the chance to share her authentic Italian pasta ingredient.
Dominic Guevarra, a physician by profession, is all hands on to his 3 ½-year old daughter. He enrolled her at FIS after a rigorous school shopping episode. He brings her to school, often talks to the school’s director, and fetches his child.
“I particularly appreciate the school’s effort to expose its students to the various cultural setting. That way, my daughter has become more independent and tolerable,” the young father relayed. The school’s smaller class ratio is also helpful. as Guevara stressed, a small school means better teaching because teachers can focus more on the growth and development of each student.
Of all the three parents, I particularly appreciate Ilhomi Kilia of the Turkish embassy.
After combing all schools in Metro Manila, he opted for FIS as the best that would help his kids to be independent, enhance their creativity, and open big doors of success for their future.
He was all praises on FIS, from its top academics, unrivaled student support services to its exceptional cultural diversity.
After the almost two-hour interview, one would conclude that education is perceived to be very important to the growth and development of the children. As I’ve mentioned, I truly appreciate Ilhomi. His closing remarks would echo what most parents have to say, “We give our kids the best education because they are important to us. We only want what is best for them because they are, after all, our future. and more than anything else, we love them.”
* February 2011, working as an Account Manager for a PR firm. Client is Fountain International School