Yesterday we celebrated the formal opening of New Zealand’s first full-time internationally accredited face-to-face Montessori training course – in other words, the first genuine Montessori teacher-training course this country has seen, presented by the good folk at the Maria Montessori Education Foundation.
Why does that matter? Because if we’re ever going to change this culture to one that values reason over nonsense – productivity over idleness - individualism over the ant-heap of tribalism and collectivism – then Dr Montessori’s system of education, which promotes these life-giving values, will be in the vanguard.
The Montessori philosophy of education offers much more than just a philosophy of education: It is an essential aid to life. Said Dr Maria Montessori, “The first step, is then to help the child develop all his functions as a free individual and to foster that development of personality that actuates social organisation." Which means the first first-step is to develop teachers who can do that.
That first first-step began yesterday afternoon.
Visit the Maria Montessori Education Foundation website to find out more. In the meantime, here’s a few snaps of the opening.
Rose Phillips from the Montessori Association of NZ set the scene for the fifty or so there to celebrate the opening.
If only your photographer hadn’t muffed his shot so badly when the MMEF trustees got together to cut it . . .