Published 02 April 2019

Montessori from the Inside Out

Communicating with the wider society and community

Participants at this year’s congress in Dublin (Friday and Saturday 11 and 12 October) will have an opportunity to explore the impact of Montessori education on the wider community.  As its title Montessori from the Inside Out indicates, the congress aims to communicate the impact of the Montessori approach with wider society. It will also celebrate the contribution made by Irish Montessorians to establishing Montessori Europe organisation twenty years ago in 1999.

The keynote speakers will examine the relevance of the Montessori approach across a broad spectrum of topics, from peace education to research, it will also reflect on the contribution Montessori has made on Irish education during the past hundred years.

The full programme will be announced by the beginning of May and early bird registrations will open at the same time. In the next few weeks you can expect to read news about the keynote speakers, workshops and forums, the congress venue, transport to Dublin and accommodation options. We will keep you posted via this website and our Facebook page.

The final keynote at the congress, ‘Maria Montessori in Ireland’, will be given by Mark Hederman.

Maria Montessori in Ireland
Born in Dublin and widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, W.B.Yeatsgave several speeches in the Senate of the Irish Free State about education. He was impressed by Montessori schools, one of which he visited before writing ‘Among School Children.’ Maria Montessori visited Ireland in 1927 and 1937.

This talk will begin by considering Montessori’s influence on Yeats. Moving to our present concerns, we must recognize the challenges of current education. How can the Montessori philosophy of education redress the balance in favour of the child as the person who should be the unique focus of all our educational endeavour? Nor should this mean self-development as egotistical adornment; it should situate the child in an ecological and sociological context, where flourishing of the one can only bring benefit to the whole. Education of the full human person, body, mind, and spirit, is also the most effective means of saving our planet and reconstructing our societies.

Find out more about Mark Hederman here.

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