Educateurs sans Frontières

Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), a division of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), is a network of Montessori practitioners, working with communities, governments and other partners to advance human development from the prenatal stage to early childhood care and education, continuing through to elementary, adolescence, adulthood and the elderly.  

EsF strives to promote the rights of the child throughout the world, irrespective of race, religion, political and social beliefs.  EsF is committed to transcending borders in order to serve children through innovative educational initiatives using Montessori principles and practices.
EsF prepares individuals to carry out the broader social mission of the Montessori movement; deepening their understanding of the needs of humanity and the development of the child by revisiting Montessori principles and practices from the perspective of society at large.

The vision of EsF is to support educational initiatives through mentorship and resources, guiding them towards sustainability, expansion, and replication. 

EsF builds capacity by connecting Montessori teachers, advocates, students, schools and organisations with communities, social entrepreneurs, local officials and policy makers, to improve the visibility and credibility of Montessori education and consequently increase its availability and access.

When Montessori principles are applied in the wider context of society, their possibilities are vast and all encompassing.


'Children are capable from birth of developing themselves through their own experiences in response to their environment.  Education from birth should offer children a framework for self-directed, life-long learning through meeting their developmental needs.  We create for the children a developmentally-appropriate and engaging environment in a diverse and inclusive multi-aged community, where children and adults are collaborators and role models.  All humans have an innate drive to fulfil their highest potential.  In supporting that potential on an individual level, we enable the development of contributing and peaceful global citizens responsive to the diverse needs of society.'
2011, Dallas Declaration