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Date: 13 April 2007


Bonjour du Canada,
The upper elementary class with the guidance of Patrick has created a mosaic to celebrate the Montessori Centenary.

Marie-France Cormier
AMI Primary directress
École Montessori des 4 Vallées
Chelsea, Québec

Date: 13 March 2007

UK Announces Centenary Events

The Discovery of the Child - Hope for the Future

We are delighted to be able to annouce the programme for the AMI UK Centenary Conferences, organised by the Maria Montessori Institute AMI and to be held during the Centenary year. We are priviledged that so many internationally renowned speakers have agreed to participate in these historic conferences.

The first conference in July will follow the theme of the Centenary to 'Honour the Past, Celebrate the Present and Create the Future.' During the course of the day we hope to explore the breadth and extent of the Montessori and define the Call for Action that will take Montessori into the next Centenary and create a better world for our children.

The conference in October brings together some eminent scientists and writers to tell us about the way in which current scientific research now bears out the dicoveries made by Maria Montessori 100 years ago.

Louise Livingston
On behalf of the Maria Montessori Institute AMI

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Date: 31 January 2007

A Poem from India

Dr Maria Montessori

Dr Maria Montessori
An ambassador of children
An apostle of peace
Children she felt
Are miraculous beings.

Visit India she did, in 1939
“India is special”, she emphasized,
Gratitude she felt
For the countless Indians that she met.

Gandhiji, Nehru, Radhakrishnan, Tagore
Some Indian luminaries and a few more
Supported her Educational Method

To the core.
Thankyou, Thankyou, Dr Montessori
All of us say with reverence
Happy 100, Montessori’s Casa
Happy 100!!!!!!

by Rajashree Rao Raj

Date: 9 January 2007

News from Mumbai, India


(Activity Infant School)

Activity Infant School started off the Centenary Celebration in a simple and meaningful programme for the parents and the children of the 8 Montessori Environments.

In two sessions around 90 parents of the Montessori children alongwith around 240 children partook in a short celebration on the 10th January 2007,

It began with Mrs. Perin Bagli (Principal, High School) and Mrs. Sheroo Desai (Headmistress, Infant Section) lighting the diya, adorning Dr. Maria Montessori’s portrait. Mrs. Perin Bagli welcomed the audience and reinstated her faith in the Montessori philosophy.

It was followed by a powerpoint showcasing Dr. Montessori’s life and work, further complemented by a detailed sketch of her life that forms the foundation of Montessori pedagogy.

Last in the programme yet etched memorably were the testimonies of parents whose children continue to grow in Montessori Environments, even of how they have learned in the process. They besieged the administration to perpetuate the system at elementary level.

At the end gratitude, nostalgia and faith toned the celebration.

(Besant School)

On 5th January Besant School went for a picnic to start off the Centenary Celebration. Co-incidentally it was also the same day Besant School celebrated its Diamond Jubliee.

Date: 5 January 2007

Italian Postal Service Issues New Stamp Commemorating the Montessori Centenary

It features a portrait of educator Maria Montessori with two students from the early 1900s and two from present day, representing the Children’s House founded by the educator in 1907, in Rome; at the top right there is a logo for the 100th anniversary of the first “Casa dei Bambini” – the name she gave to her classroom for children aged 3-6.

The stamp was issued on January 5, 2007 to commemorate the Centenary of the Montessori Movement. 

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