Teacher training in the field of Arts Education in the Republic of Moldova

Complementary (extracurricular) education may be carried out at all levels of the educational system in arts schools, music schools and plastic arts schools2, in fine arts faculties of universities. The training process is organized based on educational plans approved by corresponding authorities; upon graduation of studies the students are granted certificates or diplomas. Continuous training is carried out using different forms of continuous vocational training: retraining, qualification, requalification internships in institutions with authority to organize such forms of training.

Art values contribute very much to educating the humanitarian spirit and conscious behavior. They are factors that change and elevate the human spirit. Therefore, arts education is an essential element for humanization and enhancing the general culture of modern people.

Art and cultural education is an essential component of children’s and youth’s education, since it contributes to development of free will, sensitivity and openness towards the others; it also represents a fundamental component of equality of opportunities and a prerequisite for genuine democratization of the access to culture. Regretfully, the economic limitations frequently determine the decision makers of the educational sphere to reduce the role of arts within the general education related policies. In order to allow for the democratization process within the area of access to culture, it is necessary to promote the art awareness at all levels and at any age, along with recognition of the significance of amateur and group art activities and promotion of the access to education in the area of arts. Thus, arts education should become a mandatory component of curriculum at all school levels, while the schools should become again the main place for democratizing the access to culture.