Assemblies

Future Assemblies

From 4-18 August 2018, educators from around the world will gather in South Africa for two weeks, to revisit Montessori principles and practices in order to find innovative solutions and build sustainable initiatives for underserved communities. Eminent speakers will present their work with an aim to deepen individual and collective understanding of essential Montessori principles and practice through reflection and exchange.

The Assembly will be held at the Sustainability Institute, located in the beautiful university town Stellenbosch. This gathering will present a unique opportunity to explore the link between Montessori education and sustainable development, with a focus on community engagement to support the transition to equitable and thriving futures for all. Strengthening Communities for a Sustainable Future will therefore be the guiding theme of the Assembly. Click here for more information on the purpose of the 6th Assembly of Educateurs sans Frontières. 

More information on the Assembly venue, accomodation and registration can be found here

 

The 7th Educateurs sans Frontières Assembly will be held in 2019 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. 

Past Assemblies

In 2016 the Assembly moved to Hyderabad, India.  The strong history of the Montessori movement in India and the strength of Montessori training and schools in India provided an ideal setting to explore the fundamental values of Montessori and to begin to articulate the preparation needed to become an effective Educateur.  Again, the Assembly combined Montessori study and speakers, reports from the participants, outside speakers and tours of surrounding schools. Participants were invited to participate in cultural traditions and each day was enriched with performances and activities from children in Hyderabad.

The 4th EsF Assembly was the first to be held in Asia. Participants gathered in Khon Kaen, Thailand for two weeks to focus their discussions on Innovative Solutions to Montessori for Social Change. The study of Montessori theory and readings in the light of Thailand’s development of Montessori schools within the public system and their recently established AMI Training Center confirmed the work of EsF to expand the reach of AMI. The emerging Montessori programs to serve the aging and dementia was introduced at the Assembly.

The third Assembly was held in Dallas, Texas in 2011.  In addition to the programme of study and discussion, Montessori speakers, and outside speakers, participants were also invited to tour Lumin Education, a program in East Dallas that had been established to serve children and families in a Latino immigrant community. The theme for the two-week assembly was Montessori Education for Social Change. A working group was established to begin to formalise the structure of EsF as a division of AMI and a website specific to EsF was created.

The second Assembly was held in Burgos, Spain in 2004.  It was shortened to three weeks and the focus of each week was a study of a single plane of human development:  birth to six, six to twelve and twelve to eighteen.  In addition to readings, study sessions and reflections, Montessori participants presented their work in their local communities. Outside speakers added a depth to the study and sowed the seeds for future partnerships.

 

Renilde Montessori, Hilla Patell and Camillo Grazzini organised the first EsF Assembly. It was held at the Villa Montesca in Citta di Castello, Italy, where in 1909 Maria Montessori had conducted her first training course. The assembly was a six week intense study and reflection. It resulted in the formalisation of Educateurs sans Frontières as a part of AMI.