Programme overview

Thursday 10 October 2019

Due to the early start of the congress we recommend attendees to arrive Thursday, 10 October 2019.

On this day the following pre-congress activities will take place: 

  • Montessori Europe working group meetings will take place Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 15:00 – 17:00..
  • School visits will be organized on Thursday morning. Interest can be expressed during registration, on Sept. 10 at the latest.
  • The Montessori Europe board is organising a welcome reception for sponsors, speakers, workshop leaders and Working Group attendees at 18:00 on 10 October.

Friday 11 October 2019

9:00Welcome by the President of Montessori Europe Mirjam Stefels
Presentation from Montessori Movement United Nations:
The voice of young people
10:00Keynote 1
Scilla Elworthy:
Empowering young people to be agents of change
11:15Coffee break
11:30Forum 1
Erika Somogyi:
Montessori and the sustainable development goals:
Aligning pedagogy and practice
Forum 2
Jennifer Brush:
Montessori and intergenerational care
14:00Keynote 2
Carla Foster:
Towards a developmental understanding of the types of justice
and mercy in the primary and elementary classes.
17:00Annual General Meeting (AGM) for members of Montessori Europe

Saturday 12 October 2019

9:00Montessori Europe Board and Working groups and what we do
10:00Keynote 3
Mark Hederman:
Maria Montessori and her influence on education in Ireland
11:15Coffee break
11:30Forum 3
Mina Walsh, Vanessa Fichtl, Barbara Isaacs
Foundations for life – conversation between friends focusing on the importance of Montessori nursery education today.
Forum 4
Diana Dimitrov & Sven Burger:
How to explain the concept of “Erdkinder” to parents?
15:30Coffee Break
16:00The congress will close with reflections on the congress by our keynote speakers and once again we will have an opportunity to share discussion with MERGe, Dr Patrick Sins, Dr hab Beata Bednarczuk and Jaap de Brouwer MsC, about the value of action research and its contribution to our daily work with children and their families.

The Meeting point, a place to meet like-minded Montessorians, will be open throughout the congress.