Our goal for ESF is to identify innovative educational projects worldwide that are based on Montessori principles, and support them with mentorship and resources, guiding them towards sustainability, expansion, and replication.
EsF projects are based on the following principles:
- Promote a culture of peace, solidarity and equality
- Have a clear Montessori vision of the child's contribution to social reform
- Demonstrate understanding of Montessori principles and practices with the needs of a community in mind
- Embrace community involvement and engagement in the project design and implementation
- Focus on empowerment and long-term sustainability
- Use inclusiveness approach in regards to gender, language, culture and socio economic status
- Embodies the EsF declaration
EsF aims to support a wide range of projects including but not limited to the following areas:
- At risk populations
- Remote and Indigenous communities
- Expansion of Montessori Education into the public school structure
- Advocacy for children and youth
- Initiatives for adolescents
- Programmes to enable parents, families and communities to support children in the first years of life
- Outreach to libraries using Parent Support Initiative Materials
- Programmes to help and advocate for at risk women during pre and post-natal periods (teen moms, women in prisons, single immigrant mothers, homeless, drug addicts)
- Home schooling and family day care centers
- Special needs children
- Montessori approaches for the elderly (assisted living, or home, disabilities, Alzheimer or dementia)
|Bachman Lake Community School
Bachman Lake Community School (BLCS) offers an approach to parent outreach and education incorporating Montessori principles. BLCS serves 140 recently arrived immigrant families on site in their apartment complex. Programmes include weekly home visits from bilingual parent educators, developmental screening, leadership training for community parent educators, field trips for families, as well as mental health, dental, and medical services for families.
For the past five years, the Maria Montessori Institute has been working with mothers and babies in Holloway prison and Bronzefield prison as well as with the pregnant women who may not be awarded a place in the mother and baby unit. Approximately two babies per week are “born inside” into a prison system in the United Kingdom, that has a total of around 80 mother and baby places available. Of the seven Women’s prisons which have mother and baby units, two can care for children up to 18 months old and the remaining five can only care for children up to 9 months.
|Corner of Hope
The Corner of Hope is a pilot project to show how Montessori Teacher Training and Schools can be delivered to the most vulnerable communities such as those in refugee, transit and IDP Camps. Its aim is self-reliance not dependence, community not school. Self ownership and control, dignity and self worth which all play an important role in overcoming the effects of trauma experienced by the inhabitants of the camps. It has the added advantage of building for the future and creating transferable skills that will accompany both adults and children wherever their final destination may be.
Crossway Montessori Community is an authentic birth to six Family Community Center that serves the whole family through a variety of co-located services with on site family and teacher housing in 37 apartments on campus and an intergenerational learning and community center with a Montessori school for children from birth to six years and their families. Maria Montessori’s theory of human development and the application of that theory through her pedagogy is the foundation of Crossway’s approach to family and community development as a tool for social change.
|Family Star Montessori
Family Star is an authentic Montessori school, committed to early childhood education in an inclusive environment of ethnic and economic diversity. Enhanced by a unique array of family services, and supported by a partnership of parents and teachers, together we are leading a movement to educate the human potential. Family Star educates young minds by offering authentic Montessori classrooms, strengthens families by connecting them to needed resources, and transforms communities by offering programmes in which children of all backgrounds and abilities build the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life.
|Haiti The Peter Hesse Foundation Montessori Initiative
The Peter Hesse Foundation began in 1986 to effectively improve early childhood education in Haiti, both by establishing Montessori preschools and training community members to staff them. This initiative has grown into a network of more than 50 schools serving over 3,800 children annually. In addition, more than 800 adults have been trained in Montessori practices and philosophy, providing both educational and economic support to Haitian communities.
KidsRfuture's aim is to help the Montessori movement to achieve its root purpose of serving all children, by assisting Montessori schools which minister to underprivileged children. This is accomplished through creation of partnerships between schools dependent on external grants all over the world and Montessori schools in Europe, the United States and other developed nations. While children in elementary communities choose and organise together activities to raise funds for their partner school, they also derive great benefits from increased exposure to the world and the implementation of altruistic values and collaborative work. An established network meets needs such as trained volunteers, material, clothing, and other necessities.
|Montessori Around the World
Montessori Around the World furthers the goals of AMI and EsF by connecting existing Montessori programmes for children in need with available resources. These programmes serve children from infants through 18 in countries as diverse as Bhutan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Guatemala and Romania. Donations requested can range from financial support for materials and teacher training to funding construction projects and volunteering as a Montessori educator.
|Montessori Indigenous Projects
The Montessori Children’s Foundation furthers Montessori’s vision for children by supporting projects in Indigenous and Remote communities throughout Australia. Programmes empower both children and adults through Assistants to Infancy, parent education, Primary, and Elementary classes. Tuition and scholarship assistance is available to train community members to staff these programmes. The Montessori Children's Foundation (MCF) has been established to Champion the Cause of all Children and to: Uphold the rights of the child in society and make known the child's importance for the progress of civilisation Promote the Montessori approach as a means to achieving peace and social reform Raise funds and allocate them to projects that are designed to alleviate hardship faced by children and provide opportunities for children to develop to their full potential.
|Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace
The goal of the Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace (MISP) is to connect the theory and practice of Montessori with the wider field of peace education, seeking to nurture human development, specifically through the adolescent’s commitment to peace. This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary developmental approach to peace curriculum, authentic abroad experiences for global engagement based on peace and sustainability and a bi-annual adolescent summit focused on a pressing global issue, where Montessori youth work side by side experts in developing sustainable solutions, locally and globally and supporting structures and coordination for the chapter student peace organisation, Montessori PeaceX.
"Montessori's work can be applied...at any time, in any place...through public agencies...and be of incalculable help to parents, social workers, and family counselors...". This is the emphasis of the work being done by Montessorian Monica Smith and child psychiatrist John Erhart, M.D. to serve children with special needs. For information on how their work has greatly enriched the lives of children visit the website.
|Montessori Partners Serving All Children
Montessori for All is a multi-sector collaborative to co-develop 10 community based schools in Minnesota. The goal of the project is to ensure high educational outcomes for children living in poverty. These schools will provide quality Montessori programs for over 500 children, age 3-6, from low-income and diverse communities. This will result in the training and certification of approximately 70 teachers, administrators, and assistants to support the programs.
|Montessori Public Schools Thailand
The Association Montessori Internationale has partnered with the Montessori Association of Thailand and the Thai government Office of Basic Education to provide Montessori education in a growing number of public schools. They have realised this plan by establishing 82 primary programmes since 2004 and training over 100 educators with a further 200 currently studying, as well as opening Assistants to Infancy and Elementary programmes. Quality is assured through AMI training and support and the rigorous collection of data to demonstrate outcomes.