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As we approach the holiday season,
we enjoy the warmth and excitement
as we get caught up in the spirit of
the forthcoming holidays. We all
enjoy the emotionally rewarding
gatherings of family and friends and
the sharing of gifts. Seize this
opportunity sharing the spirit of
the holidays and your culture with
your children. The time you spend
with them and the memories your
create will be your legacy.
Another legacy we should all
remember is that of Dr. Montessori.
She began her work by teaching some
of the most disadvantaged children
of Rome. Her goal was to create an
educated population, because she
recognized that without education
there could not be a world at peace.
At this time of year, as so many of
us wish for peace, maybe we should
also consider becoming proactive in
our search for peace. Many times the
Dalai Lama on his recent tour
of North America stated to his
audience a very Montessori thought.
us to achieve peace, we must educate
the children. It may be too late for
us to see peace, but if we reach out
to educate the children, they will
accept differences and they will
learn to respect one another.
Understanding and respect are the
first steps toward peace. If we give
the children the gift of knowledge,
when they grow up, they will be the
ones that achieve peace."
centuries, this time of year has
been a time to reflect and to share
with our families. It has also been
a time to share with others that
have less. How wonderfully
beautiful, if in the spirit of the
holidays each of us could also give
the gift of education to a child. It
is in this spirit of giving that the
Montessori Initiative is creating
the Teach for Peace
association with the Public Private
Alliance Foundation and the
Montessori Model UN.
The goal of the
Teach for Peace Initiative
begins with asking all
interested Montessori schools to
create a scholarship fund,
supported by their local
community. The purpose of the
fund would be to provide
scholarship(s) for deserving
students that might otherwise
not be able to access a
Montessori education. If you
are a school or a parent
interested in creating a Teach
for Peace scholarship program,
please contact me, email@example.com
. I will send you a Teach for
Peace summary that you can use
to get your school started.
Participating schools will
receive email copies of
supporting materials that can
help your Teach for Peace
program be communicated to your
Montessori continues to be recognized globally as a leading
approach to education. Recently the King of Morocco dedicated
its first After School Learning Center, which features after
school learning activities based on a Montessori curriculum.
Located in the nation's capital of Rabat, this is the first of
multiple centers planned by Morocco. The centers are being built
with the support of the government and grants by the World's
Sports Alliance. The WSA is supporting the development of
learning centers throughout the developing world, each centered
on sports as a learning activity and each utilizing Montessori
as the foundation for the children's education. Thirteen
emerging nations have signed development agreements with the WSA
to fund Montessori based sports learning after school centers in
Closer to home in North America, the City of Newark is working
with the WSA to develop a similar center, and construction is
slated to begin in 2008.
The curriculum for these programs was developed by the
Montessori Initiative for WSA in association with Montessori
Continuing with a global approach, the Montessori Model UN
continues to grow. This year more than 100 schools from North
America, Western Europe, Caribbean Basin, Latin America, South
America, China and US protectorates have enrolled to participate
in this prestigious program, which culminates in a student
General Assembly at the United Nations.
To provide the students an authentic UN experience, this year
participating committees will be conducted in English, French
and Spanish. The most recent teacher training program was so
well received that when teachers returned from NY, they shared
the program with other teachers. As a result, an additional
teacher training program has been added so that new schools can
enroll to participate in the program.
Montessori supported the work of the League of
Nations and its successor the United Nations as a forum where
peace could be created. She recognized the hope for peace lay in
the education of children.
The Montessori Initiative has partnered with the United
Nations to create a Montessori Model United Nations so that
students at the sensitive period for reason, justice and
morality can participate in a life changing experience.
The Montessori Model United Nations program culminates
classroom or after school study with a two day global education
simulation experience at the United Nations that enables
students in upper elementary, and middle schools to learn about
the operations of the United Nations and its role as the world's
largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian
organization. In addition, like the high school and university
Model United Nations Programs, MMUN provides students from 9-15
years of age an opportunity to:
- Learn about cultures, governments and peoples of nations
throughout the world.
- Use research skills, writing skills and written & oral
- Develop critical thinking skills, problem solving skills
and evaluative skills.
- Debate current global issues and world problems.
- Practice and use leadership skills in a real life global
- Understand the need for peace and conflict resolution
throughout the world while developing their own conflict
resolution and debating skills.
Through the process of role-playing, each student becomes a
delegate of a selected nation. They write, present and debate
issues affecting their nation and peoples of the world. By
assuming the character of a citizen of their selected country
they fully develop an understanding of the needs of a people and
the importance of accepting differences. For more information