"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 fulfil 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 EsF Assembly, Dallas Declaration
Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), a programme of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), is a network of Montessori practitioners, working with communities, governments and other partners to advance human development from the prenatal stage to early childhood care and education, continuing through to elementary, adolescence, adulthood and the elderly.
EsF promotes education as an “aid to life”, working to strengthen a culture of peace and global citizenship. We firmly believe in education that promotes resilience and adaptability in a rapidly changing and interdependent world. EsF aims to accomplish this through outreach, capacity building, and advocacy in communities, including with indigenous peoples and other vulnerable populations like those affected by poverty, displacement, and discrimination through equitable, inclusive and quality education that respects and celebrates diversity of cultures and languages. We promote the development of life skills and sustainable living for individuals, families and communities while recognizing the interconnectedness of socio-ecological systems.
Education guides intentions and informs actions required to support and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are by nature interrelated. We recognize the foundational role of education in reaching these goals by empowering individuals and communities through whole-person lifelong learning “for the full realization of their rights and capabilities” (Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).
Educateurs sans Frontières supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their entirety, particularly Goal Four on equitable, inclusive, quality, universal and free education. We commit to contributing to the achievement of the goals of Education 2030.
AMI is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and works in partnership with UNESCO.