Montessori Centenary Declaration

In 2007 the world Montessori community celebrates the 100th anniversary of a revolution in education. 100 years ago Dr Maria Montessori began to explore the true nature of childhood through extensive scientific observation. We proudly recognise a century of great work, inspired by these discoveries: The purpose of education is to nurture the energies of childhood


This petition is sponsored by the Association Montessori Internationale, an organization dedicated to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being. Montessori pedagogical principles are rooted in a social movement intended to champion the cause of all children, in all strata of society, of all races and ethnic backgrounds, within and beyond educational institutions. The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child\'s inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.


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