The morning started off with Helen Mohan Elias sharing a prayer with the assembly. After which participants broke into their groups for morning community work. Co-founder of Lynedoch Ecovillage...

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MCF currently focuses on indigenous and remote communities where the need for quality education and support is intensified by vast distances from the centres of Australian government decision-making, service-delivery and economic activity, and by histories of invasion, appropriation, and neglect. Despite this, in these communities we find a strong desire for a better future, and a deep awareness that the future lies with its children. In 2016, MCF was proud to continue to work in partnerships that provide Montessori programmes across the Torres Strait, a programme in the Aboriginal communities of Aurukun and Lockhart River and a renewed interest from the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council to introduce Montessori in their newly constructed childcare facility.
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In partnership with the Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (FCER) and the University for Peace (UPEACE), Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace (MISP) has developed an authentic learning experience that incorporates tropical ecology, peace education, activism, scientific study, and travel abroad for Montessori adolescents. The Costa Rica experience was designed to build upon the uniquely adolescent ability to construct their own worldview as distinct from another’s without judgment. This practice requires moving outside the comfort of their home community.
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In 2015, the Montessori Children's Foundation celebrated that there are now Montessori programmes across the Torres Strait, an expansion of theprogrammes in the Aboriginal community of Aurukun, and the development of a new programme in the Aboriginal community of Lockhart River. In addition, we have maintained our relationship with and support for the multi-campus Ngaanyatjarra Lands School in remote Western Australia.
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MCF works to champion the cause of all children, to uphold the rights of the child, and to promote the Montessori approach as a means to achieving peace and social reform. MCF is committed to expanding the availability of Montessori services to the least privileged members of society, and, in doing so, remains true to Dr Montessori’s original vision. In line with Dr Montessori’s vision, MCF is currently focused on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. In particular, MCF is working in a number of remote regions, including the Torres Strait, Cape York and Western Australian desert communities, to establish high quality, sustainable early childhood education and parent support programs.
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Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace aims to establish a sequence of authentic learning experiences that explore the relationship between peace and sustainability, linking students with local and international experts, who perform research and service side by side adolescents during their country immersion.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Megan Davies presented on Montessori in early childhood development as a pathway to community development. She gave an overview of work at The Sustainability Institute and the Lynedoch Early Learning Centre in the Western Cape in South Africa.
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Monday, 8 August 2016
Tricia Miller presented on Montessori initiatives at the Barbara Gordon Montessori School in the United States, focusing on the Montessori Adolescent Programme.
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Thursday, 6 August 2015
Mary Caroline Parker presented the Bachman Lake story. The Montessori based initiative began in 2008 and has grown to include youth work, housing, immigrant services, education, health services, mentoring, leadership training, and AMI training. Partnerships and rigorous assessment are crucial. Being open to community needs is integral to the success of these projects.
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Thursday, 6 August 2015
Jim Ackers, Regional Education Advisor UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, discussed global partnerships and alliances in the field of Early Childhood Development. He elaborated on the work currently being done in the region and identified possible collaborations with the Montessori community.
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