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 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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The video shows beginning interaction and development of Montessori education in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Emphasis is placed on how the values of Indigenous culture mesh with Montessori philosophy as represented by projects and principal advocates in Cairns West (QLD), Redfern (Sydney, NSW), and Wadja Wadja (Woorabinda, QLD). The desire for Montessori education by Indigenous peoples is documented through interviews on location.
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The video shows beginning interaction and development of Montessori education in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Emphasis is placed on how the values of Indigenous culture mesh with Montessori philosophy as represented by projects and principal advocates in Cairns West (QLD), Redfern (Sydney, NSW), and Wadja Wadja (Woorabinda, QLD). The desire for Montessori education by Indigenous peoples is documented through interviews on location.
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Slide show celebrating the families and children involved in the 0-3 Montessori pilot programme on Thursday Island, Torres Strait Nation.
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Thursday, 11 August 2016
Jacquie Maughan gave a presentation on Montessori programs in indigenous communities within North America.
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Thursday, 13 August 2015
Gail Cresswell spoke of the 0-3 Early Learning Centre at Mowanjum, Australia. Mowanjum community consists of three language groups, Worrora, Ngarinyin and Wunambal people, removed from their homelands and relocated, finally at new Mowanjum on Nykina Land. Gail's work has been in establishing relationships with the community, working with the young children and adolescents.
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Friday, 14 August 2015
Kay Boulden presented on the topic of Montessori in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. She gave insight into the story of dispossession of Aboriginal people and how the history affects lives today. Kay emphasized the necessity for teachers going to communities to be well prepared and supported. She shared the AEDI statistics, showing great improvement in the development of the children.
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