Last project meeting at International Montessori Congress, hosted by Montessori Školy Andílek, Prague, Czech Republic
We planned the last project meeting to the highlight of Montessori educational world – the International Montessori congress. The Congress was a unique chance to introduce our project and the work we have done within the two years and to meet with the likewise interested people. It takes place once in four years on different continents and we could luckily use the fact that it was held after more than 14 years in Europe.
The project meeting took place during the congress on July 28 2017, it as the last chance for all the project participants to meet. At the meeting we discussed the final presentations and roles of each project partner our workshop that was a part of an official Congress programme.
One whole day of the congress was dedicated to the education of adolescents. Two keynote speakers Scilla Elworthy and Guadelupe Borbolla spoke about the role of young people in today’s society. Their speeches continued with a panel debate in which took part adolescents from partner schools. They were deeply involved in the discussion about questions connected with this specific developmental period of a man and the specifics of working with adolescents.
The project presentation was held as a part of the congress breakout sessions on July 29 2017. At least 100 people was present to the workshop where project participants from The Montessori Place, Montessoriskolan Lära för Livet and Montessori-Initiative Wieden described what we discussed at our meetings, the outcomes of our discussions and the ways we view the development of an adolescent communities. We tried to present to the workshop participants the process of going back to Maria Montessori’s texts, to illuminate texts with principles into practice from 3 schools and to describe the collaboration that resulted in the 3 outputs. The speakers form the 3 partner organizations represented wide range of approaches to the Montessori theory, were present in different stages of their own involvement in an adolescent community but at the same time showed how powerful can bet he collaboration, sharing ideas, knowledge and good practice. Our aim was to motivate Montessorians to develop authentic adolescent communities.