Monday, 6 August 2018
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Sunday, 5 August 2018
AMI Executive Director, Lynne Lawrence welcomed participants to the Sixth Educateurs sans Frontières Assembly. She explained the format of the Assembly and housekeeping matters before inviting participants to introduce themselves. Lynne spoke about the connection between the EsF vision and AMI’s three strategic pillars, the historic Montessori context, and the work of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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This presentation highlighted the mission of AMI and EsF and set out some a number of possible steps for the future of Educateurs sans Frontières.
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Dipika Lakhani spoke on Corner of Hope, working to set up school an training in an internally displaced persons’ camp in Kenya.
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Dr Pablo Stansbery of Save the Children spent the morning discussing the importance of early childhood education, focusing particularly on the need for language-rich environments and the importance of stimulation in children’s general health.
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Philip O’Brien spoke about what enables and prevents equity in education.
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Megan Tyne, Executive Director of Montessori Children’s Foundation, introduced the Montessori work with Indigenous communities of Australia.
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Molly O’Shaughnessy, from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, shared her experiences building schools in low-income communities.
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Lynne Lawrence shared an update on the activities of AMI, highlighting new initiatives and new countries where Montessori education was seeding.
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Renilde Montessori gave the opening address for the 2nd Assembly of Educateurs sans Frontières, held in Burgos, Spain.
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