"I hope you do," Faith said, as Gennadiya spoke of undertaking qualifications. "With the new curriculum, learning will be part of gaining trims and claiming specialisms. Attending those lessons might as well be counting towards a qualification. The combination of theory and practice is something I'm very grateful to have been able to partake of." Faith was entirely serious. She had learned a lot from the lectures she had attended at Scalvoris campus. In truth, though, she would have to admit that she had learned more from teaching medicine than she had from learning it ~ but that was because she had to know it inside out in order to be able to answer all the questions. To not simply describe what, but to explain why was key. She raised an eyebrow at Gennadiya's assessment of how it would help the Dust Quarter, though. "Maybe, teachers too. Outside the box thinking, but qualified people can be poor, too." Keeping that in mind, Faith very much wanted to make sure that this Institute was a source of education, and economic growth for the Dust Quarter and all of Rharne. There were many people who could benefit others and reap benefit from this place. She didn't doubt it.
Faith nodded when Gennadiya spoke of the need to cross disciplines. "I agree. It wasn't until my husband and I worked together that I truly began to appreciate it." Faith had developed a very genuine passion for pushing boundaries, for looking at things differently. From the demographics which she had introduced as a subject in Scalvoris to things like the magnifier and the raft. When Gennadiya asked about opening up the labs, though, Faith shook her head. "No, we can't realistically do that. The cost of equipment and materials would be prohibitive. It would also, more importantly, be an accident waiting to happen. We need to make sure that safety is foremost in our minds, always. Unsupervised free use of hazardous materials is not happening." Faith grinned. "I've had more than enough trouble with first-arc students to think that letting Joe Public loose in a chemistry lab is going to end well." It was that combination in action, she supposed. Theory and experience. Testing things for the uneducated, unsupervised and unwary was not something Faith was going to sign off on. "But maybe some free taster sessions, that might be good."
The next order of business, though, was one which Gennadiya responded to as happily as Faith had hoped she would. "I'm so pleased." Faith had very much hoped that the platinum-haired healer might feel that way. She would be good at it, Faith was sure, and she wanted to make sure that there were dynamic and creative people spearheading things. She nodded at the questions. "Both in the Earth Quarter, and I think it used to be an orphanage a long time ago. Having given birth here, I can tell you that a dedicated wing or area for pregnancy and birth is an excellent idea." As for classrooms, she said, she wasn't quite so sure. There was the risk, after all, of the children being isolated. Maybe, Faith suggested, Isonomia ~ the charity which she ran ~ could work with the Council to maybe provide classes for young people in the Dust and Earth Quarter, allowing the children from the orphanage to mingle, not to be in a bubble, socially.
"It's apparently completely empty. We have builders going in to undertake the renovations needed. Then, you'll need to go and organise what you need there, beds, chairs, all the furnishings and equipment. The budget is tight," Faith said, and she shrugged slightly. "We have far from limitless resources. But, we can do this." Smiling at Gennadiya, she nodded. "You've more than earned it and I believe you'll do an excellent job. You'll need to hire staff, and consider the processes in place. How does someone adopt a child from us, that kind of thing." Faith had run an orphanage, she told Gennadiya, in Scalvoris and, as such, she was happy to help. But equally, this was her project, and Faith wouldn't be interfering more than strictly necessary.
"Any questions?" Faith asked, with a grin.