This past April, the Association Montessori International held its Annual General Meeting. Representatives from 34 different countries gathered together to connect, learn, and become more aware of the Montessori work going on throughout the world. AMI welcomed new affiliates from Morocco, Tunisia, Argentina, Serbia, and Ukraine. Reports of their work and progress were nothing less than inspiring.
Other highlights included:
- Presentations about marketing, events, and using digital media for optimizing exposure of schools
- Role-playing school readiness for working with the media
- A report from Ana Maria Brezniceanu about the work happening in Romania that earned The Montessori School of Bucharest a national award for entrepreneurship and serving as a role model for Romania’s sustainable economic development
- An update from AMI President Lynne Lawrence about AMI's strategic plan
- The approval of two new AMI Internationale Board Members
The AGM included a wide variety of speakers. The most impactful for me was Ben Faccini, who has been working on a joint UNICEF/UNESCO campaign to improve the quality of education in the most impoverished corners of the world. The photographic imagery he used during his presentation gave me a deep sense of gratitude for my own life and circumstances as well as for people like Ben, who commit their lives to children. “The labels you are given by others become the gatekeepers of your life," he said. "All children deserve a life where they are not marginalized. Every child matters." You can learn more about Ben and his work here: My Life is a Story
The AGM wrapped up with several presentations on Mathematics as an homage to the most recent AMI publication translation of Psico-Aritmética.