The Statutes of Montessori Europe e.V.
Montessori Europe was established as an organisation to enable and promote Montessori pedagogy in a political, social and educational context throughout Europe. Montessori pedagogy offers an education that respects the dignity of children and adolescents and is oriented toward their individual needs.
Its basic principle is to provide free choice in a structured learning environment.
Montessori pedagogy encompasses a differentiated offering for children and adolescents of both sexes and all ages, of differing abilities and for the gifted as well as the socially disadvantaged.
It supports and nurtures the development of a unique personality and is oriented toward an ideal of socially responsible, creative and responsible human beings.
1. Name, Domicile and Fiscal Year
The name of the Association is „MONTESSORI EUROPE e.V.“.
The domicile of the Association is Berlin. Its fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the subsequent year.
2. Objectives/Non-profit nature
The purposes of the association are to promote
– science and research,
– education, adult education and vocational training,
– the support of persons in need
– as well as fundraising for the achievement of the aforementioned tax-privileged purposes of other non-profit entities.
These purposes achieved in particular by the following means:
– To encourage the provision of Montessori education for all children and adolescents, regardless of their ability or circumstances.
– To promote a European network of Montessori organisations and Montessori establishments in Europe.
– To promote co-operation and the unrestricted exchange of experiences for teachers/pedagogues, pupils, younger children and parents.
– To establish guidelines for mutually agreed standards and quality assurance in Montessori training institutions, Montessori schools and Children’s Houses.
– To form educational-political policy positions and statements and support their representation throughout Europe, as well as supporting the UN Convention for Children’s Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
– To co-operate with international organisations with similar aims, such as the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), European Forum for Freedom in Education (EFFE) and others.
The Association pursues exclusively and directly non-profit-making objectives in the sense of the chapter “Aims favoured by the tax law” of the German tax law (“Abgabenordnung”). The Association acts selflessly and does not primarily pursue its own business interests. Funds of the Association may only be used for purposes in accordance with its statutes. Funds of the Association are raised primarily through its members’ fees and public contributions. The members do not receive financial contributions from means of the Association. No person is allowed to be favoured by expenses that are not in accordance with the objectives of the Association, or by unusually high compensation.
Anyone who is interested in the achievement of the Association’s objectives can become a member. Members on the basis of these statutes are defined as individual members, schools and organisations such as institutes and associations.
Joining the Association occurs by decision of the Board upon written application of the prospective member.
Members are obliged to promote the Association’s objectives. Membership requires the payment of the yearly membership fee. Membership Terms & Conditions approved by the General Meeting regulate the particulars.
Membership ends by means of
1b) resignation, which can occur at any time. There is no right to a refund of paid-in membership fees. Those who do not pay fees in spite of a reminder are no longer be regarded as members.
1c) formal expulsion, which can occur by decision of the General Meeting, after prior hearing of the member, if the member transgresses the statutory regulations of the Association, ignores decisions of the General Meeting or disregards the goals and objectives of the Association.
Also upon leaving the Association, a member has no claim on the Association’s assets of any part thereof.
Members have the right to publicize their membership and use the Montessori Europe logo with the additional text „Member“. Any significant misleading logo usage or misrepresentation of the nature of membership in Montessori Europe is a statutory transgression in the sense of clause c) in this Section.
4. Decision-making Bodies of the Association
The decision-making bodies of the Association are
1. the General Meeting of the members
2. the Board.
5. General Meeting
The General Meeting is the highest decision making body of Montessori Europe. An Annual General Meeting of the members (AGM) is convened annually, usually in a different country each year. In particular, it decides on:
1. the election and recall of members of the Board
2. changes to the statues
3. the Membership Terms & Conditions
4. the acceptance of the business report and the exoneration of the Board
5. the expulsion of a member.
The Board convenes the General Meeting by written invitation of the members including its agenda. The invitation is sent to the last e-mail address known to the Board at least one month in advance. Motions for the Annual General Meeting must be received at the domicile of Montessori Europe by e-mail at least 14 days prior to the meeting date.
The General Meeting reaches a quorum independently of the number of members present, as long as a proper invitation was issued.
The General Meeting decides with the majority of the members eligible to vote who are present. Each member with no outstanding membership fees has one vote. In the case of a tie, the vote of the President of the Board is decisive. Abstentions count as invalid votes.
Members can transfer their voting right to other members by means of a written authorization.
Decisions by which these statutes are changed and decisions regarding the dissolution of the Association require a majority of ¾ of the members present.
The yearly report and financial results are presented to the General Meeting for decisions on their approval and the exoneration of the Board.
The General Assembly elects two revisors who belong to neither the Board nor a body invoked by it and who may not be full employees of the Association.
Decisions of the General Meeting are documented in the meeting minutes, which are signed by the assembly leader and the meeting secretary.
Exceptional General Meetings are convened by the Board when required or on demand of at least one third of the members.
The Board consists of six to eight members and is comprised of thePresident, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and up to 5 further members without portfolio .
The Board members are elected by the members’ Annual General Meeting for four years and stay in office until the Annual General Meeting four years hence. A renewed election is possible.
Elections take place in a staggered manner every two years. At one election, the President and up to three further members without portfolio are elected; at the next election two years later the Vice-President, the Treasurer and up to two members without portfolio are elected.
The AGM votes on the number of Board members to be elected in a particular election year, based on a proposal from the Board. If this proposal is not accepted, three members are elected.
Board members with specified positions stay in office until replacement members have been elected.
One member of the Board represents the Association judicially and always two non-judicially.
Not more than two persons representing the same country should be represented. Employees of Montessori Europe may not belong to the Board.
Convening meetings of the Board occurs in writing by the President with as minimum time limit of 14 days and simultaneous declaration of the agenda. A quorum of the Board is reached when at least 4 Board members are present. Decisions of the Board are made by simple majority.
The members of the Board are not remunerated. They are entitled to the reimbursement of their expenses.
7. Executive Management
The daily business and implementation of measures decided by the Board are transferred to and carried out by the Executive Management, which consists of at least one person, the General Secretary.
8. Working Groups
The Board is authorised to establish Working Groups, in order to support its activities and to improve the overall effectiveness of Montessori Europe.
The activities of Working Groups are governed by a set of Bylaws that the Board develops and agrees on.
The activities of Working Groups are reported to the General Meeting.
The members of Working Groups work in an honorary capacity, without compensation.
9. Changes to the Statutes
A decision to change the statutes requires a ¾ majority of the members present at a General meeting. The decision can only be made after proper advance notice in the invitation to the General Meeting. The invitation must also contain the new wording of the planned change.
10. Dissolution of the Association
A decision to dissolve the Association requires a ¾ majority of the members present. The dissolution must be announced in the invitation to the General Meeting.
In case of the dissolution of the Association or in case of the Association ceasing its tax-privileged purposes the net worth of the Association falls to the ‘Deutsche Kinderschutzbund Bundesverband e.V.’ (German association for child protection), which must use it exclusively and directly for non-profit-making or charitable purposes.