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AMI Podcasts is a unique collection of presentations, talks and lectures on Montessori principles and practice, the unique nature of childhood and natural human development, human rights and much more. At the moment, the series includes AMI AGM presentations and Maria Montessori House Talks.

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AMI Podcasts is a unique collection of presentations, talks and lectures on Montessori principles and practice, the unique nature of childhood and natural human development, human rights and much more. At the moment, the series includes AMI AGM presentations and Maria Montessori House Talks.

    AMI Talks: Cross Pollinating Peace

    AMI Talks: Cross Pollinating Peace

    In this episode, our president Alain Tschudin, professor of Peace Studies and Takako Fukatsu, Montessori advocate in Japa tap into their varied and wide experience in a Montessori concept embedded in all our work and values: the preparation and transfer of peace.

    You can learn more about the speakers of
    this AMI Talk by visiting the link here.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    AMI Talks: The Importance of Movement

    AMI Talks: The Importance of Movement

    Welcome to the latest episode of the AMI Talks! On November 15th, we hosted an insightful talk exploring the topic of The Importance of Movement. Our lineup of speakers was dynamic, and we began with the globally renowned Professor Adele Diamond, who is a pioneer in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience. In her presentation, she discussed the profound significance of music, dance, and movement. After Professor Diamond's talk, we had the privilege of hearing from Ruben Jongkind and Patrick Oudejans, the two visionaries behind Montessori Sports. They shared their perspective on how "Sport is a key to educating human potential."

    You can learn more about the speakers of
    this AMI Talk by visiting the link here.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    AMI Talks Episode 10: Parent Engagement

    AMI Talks Episode 10: Parent Engagement

    On 31 August 2023, AMI held an enlightening AMI Talk featuring three exceptional speakers who discussed the importance of parent engagement. Hear from Eduardo Cuevas, Francescah Kipsoi and Lilian Wairimu Mwaura who generously shared their stories and expertise in this field.

    Parents play a crucial role in shaping their child's educational journey, and when equipped with deeper Montessori knowledge, children can reap the benefit of closer and more joyful collaboration between home and school. You will love hearing about experiences from various backgrounds and cultures.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    EsF Stories: Monique and Felista

    EsF Stories: Monique and Felista

    In this episode of EsF stories Monique Bekker and Felista Urassa tell the story of the Kilakala Montessori classroom for deaf children in Morogoro, Tanzania. Monique and Felista have been working together to support deaf children for over 20 years and they share their experiences and their thoughts on why Montessori education is a natural fit for deaf children. They also reflect on the evolution of the initiative and the impact it has had on the children, their families, and the broader community.  

     

    Felista joined the conversation from Tanzania. Her internet connection was a little unstable at times, but we were so grateful she was able to join the conversation and share her inspiring story. If you have any questions or if you would like to get in touch with Monique and Felista, please send us an email at info@montessori-esf.org.

    • 54 min
    AMI Talks Episode 9: Desired childhoods, adverse childhoods and the future of early childhood education

    AMI Talks Episode 9: Desired childhoods, adverse childhoods and the future of early childhood education

    To celebrate International Women’s Day we hosted an AMI Talk with Professor Noah Sobe and Beverley Maragh, lecturer at the Maria Montessori Institute, London. Noah Sobe’s presentation explored whether the concept of childhood has its historical lifespan and traced ways that childhood changed across the 20th and 21st centuries. Beverley featured on an amazing initiative that was created in collaboration with the Born Inside project, aimed at benefiting mothers, babies, and pregnant women in one of the biggest prisons for women in Britain.



    Noah Sobe’s presentation explored whether the concept of childhood has its own historical lifespan. It began with an examination of how a proper, protected, healthy childhood was understood at the time of Montessori's first work in education, and then traced ways that childhood changed across the 20th and 21st centuries. The talk concluded with an evaluation of historical arguments that we have reached an "end" to childhood and what this might mean for early childhood education.



    Beverley Maragh presented an amazing initiative that was created in collaboration with the Born Inside project, aimed at benefiting mothers, babies, and pregnant women in one of the biggest prisons for women in Britain. Her story is testimony to the great commitment and dedication to give infants and babies a “head-start” in circumstances where love and care can be scarce commodities. Beverley sketched how the initiative developed, also having to battle against institutional prejudices, and the disruption caused by Covid. The Born Inside initiative has been replicated in Mexico, where recently a mother and baby unit opened in a penal institution.



    We were happy to host such an interesting presentation which highlighted the importance of childhood, education and children’s and women’s interaction with society, its structures, challenges, and opportunities.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    AMI Talks Episode 8: The Global Path of Montessori

    AMI Talks Episode 8: The Global Path of Montessori

    On January 6, the day that marks the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini in San Lorenzo, Rome, we hosted an AMI Talk with Victoria Johnson, Agnese Fontanaand Rosario di Girolamo. The speakers shared their experiences around the theme of the Global Path of Montessori.

    Victoria Johnson, PhD in Global Family, Health and Wellbeing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gave a fascinating overview of her research into the introduction of Montessori in communities, and how Montessori’s unique capability of taking on a diverse hue underscored its universality.

    Agnese Fontana, producer and author, and Rosario di Girolamo, cross-media creative director of MontessoriRoad delighted the audience by showing this spread across cultures, sharing highlights from their filming of Montessori children at work in different countries.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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