The mission of Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), a division of AMI, is to work with individuals, families, communities, organisations and governments to further the rights, education, and welfare of children worldwide. EsF is committed to transcending borders in order to serve children through innovative educational initiatives using Montessori principles and practices. EsF functions as a social movement that strives to promote the rights of the child throughout the world, irrespective of race, religion, political and social beliefs, in cooperation with other bodies and organisations that further the development of education, human rights, and peace.
The vision of EsF is to support educational initiatives through mentorship and resources, guiding them towards sustainability, expansion, and replication. When Montessori principles are applied in the wider context of society, their possibilities are vast and all encompassing.
EsF prepares individuals to carry out the broader social mission of the Montessori movement; deepening their understanding of the needs of humanity and the development of the child by revisiting Montessori principles and practices from the perspective of society at large.
EsF builds capacity by connecting Montessori teachers, advocates, students, schools and organisations with communities, local officials, policy makers and funders, to improve the visibility and credibility of Montessori education and consequently increase its availability and access.
'Children are capable from birth of developing themselves through their own experiences in response to their environment. Education from birth should offer children a framework for self-directed, life-long learning through meeting their developmental needs. We create for the children a developmentally-appropriate and engaging environment in a diverse and inclusive multi-aged community, where children and adults are collaborators and role models. All humans have an innate drive to fulfill their highest potential. In supporting that potential on an individual level, we enable the development of contributing and peaceful global citizens responsive to the diverse needs of society.' 2011 Dallas Declaration
- At risk and under-served populations – poverty, refugees, prisons
- Remote and Indigenous communities
- Public education
- Initiatives for adolescents
- First years of life
- Preparation and support for Parenthood
- Special needs children
- Montessori approaches for the elderly