Thursday, 4 August 2016
Rajagopal P. V. spoke about how to mobilize and empower marginalised youth through nonviolent action to bring about social reform. He focused on the power of the mass, leading marches of over 50,000 people through India and spoke about the next endeavour to march with 150 young people from New Delhi to Geneva in 2020.
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Sraddhalu Ranade, scientist, educator and scholar based at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, spoke about the principles of Integral Education. He explored the similarities and connections between Montessori and Sri Aurobindo.
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Phillip O’Brien gave a presentation on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Philip explained how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) grew out of the Millennium Development Goals. In the SDGs the word ‘sustainable’ has become significant, but education is still seen to hold the key to achieving most of the post-2015 goals.
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Monday, 1 August 2016
Vidya Shankar, Relief Foundation, Chennai, presented on Building Montessori Families. She spoke the Cascade Montessori Resource Centres that address the needs of children and families through urban and rural models. Evidence confirms the success of the centres in supporting responsible parenting and addressing social issues.
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The 1999 EsF Assembly closed with the concluding remarks of Renilde Montessori, Hilla Patell and Camillo Grazinni, after which the participants enjoyed the farewell dinner.
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Monday, 1 August 2016
Uma Ramani presented Montessori’s work in India in its historical context. She traced the development of the Montessori movement in India following Montessori’s arrive in Adyar in 1939 at the invitation of the Theosophical Society. Uma also spoke about the involvement of Mario Montessori and Albert Joosten in promoting the movement in India and inspired participants to consider how to support future development.
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Eve Annecke shared the story of the Sustainability Institute, focussing on the sustainable community that has been set up in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Lynne Lawrence described the means by which the work of the EsF Assembly is being captured. Volunteers are organising information to expedite availability and distribution of notes requires inclusion of the disclaimer and copyright notice.
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Lynne Lawrence opened the Fifth EsF Assembly to discuss Working for Social Change: A Montessori Perspective. Philip O’Brien and André Roberfroid offered their opening remarks. Lynne explained the schedule and other housekeeping arrangements. Participants were invited to introduce themselves.
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
Lynne Lawrence presented an introduction of the core work of AMI and Educateurs sans Frontières. A timeline of AMI outreach and advocacy work was given setting the stage for the work of the 5th EsF assembly both in the context of Montessori as a social reform movement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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