July 27-30, 2017, the 28th International Montessori Congress (IMC) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.
The IMC is an international meeting of Montessori educators and professionals, which currently takes place every four years. Since Dr. Maria Montessori established her organization, Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 1929, these congresses have taken place regularly, each time in a different country. “You get to be there with people from 50 to 70 countries all trying to achieve a better world. It is just the most incredible experience,” says Megan Tyne, Executive Director of Montessori Australia Foundation.
The past three congresses have taken place in Australia, Asia and America. So this year’s event in historical Prague, considered to be the heart of the European continent, will be the first in Europe in over 16 years. These large-scale events are intended to provide inspiration and increased understanding of Montessori education, as well as to allow people from all around the globe to connect. “It is an opportunity to spend time with people of the same life mission,” says Miroslava Vlčková, Executive Director of Montessori Institute of Prague.
The theme of this year’s congress is Pathway to Peace: Montessori Education for Social Change. Keynote speakers will include Scilla Elworthy, world-renowned peace activist & Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Paul Gilding, Australian author & environmentalist, Dr. Shrikumar Rao, CEO & founder of the Rao Institute, and Angeline Lillard, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, among many others. Workshops, panel discussions, networking events, research presentations and exhibitions will all speak to the connection between the Montessori educational approach and the ability to bring about positive social change. As Vlčková explains, “Peace is the essence of Montessori. And Montessori is education for social change.”
This year Age of Montessori’s founder and director, Mary Ellen Maunz, has been invited to speak at IMC on July 28. Mary Ellen will be leading session attendees through a fascinating exploration of the parallels in thought between Maria Montessori (1870-1952) and the famous Czechoslovakian educator, John Amos Comenius (1592-1670). Prague is ideal place to bring to light the amazing correlations between these two great innovators of education.
“It is a win-win for us to be part of the largest Montessori gathering anywhere on the planet, to be able to give our contribution,” says Mary Ellen. “To give our faculty the opportunity to be refreshed with the latest thinking among leading Montessorians and to be part of discussions on how we jointly go forward.”
We need your help to get Mary Ellen and Age of Montessori to Prague!
Age of Montessori can also become a sponsoring organization of the Congress. With 8,000 to 10,000 people expected to attend from all over the world, this is a great opportunity for Age of Montessori to be a part of the largest Montessori gathering in the world. At Age of Montessori, we are so deeply committed to spreading the word of Montessori in the most powerful ways we can, and we know many of you are too. We thank you in advance for any and all support you can give!
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“Our students are the great beneficiaries of new learning as we bring the latest thinking to them.” Mary Ellen points out, “No movement stays still, nor does Montessori, and as a leader here in the US and many parts of the world, we want to remain at the forefront of Montessori as a force in worldwide education.”
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