to prepare him for life, not for school.”
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was one of the most influential pioneers in Early Childhood Education in the 20th century. Her philosophy and method have become known and recognised throughout the world and have significantly influenced mainstream education.
Dr. Montessori advocated that education should be for independence, liberty and empowerment of the child. She referred to her approach of education as an ‘aid to life’ that focuses on the development of the human personality, not solely the acquisition of information.
Montessori education seeks to create a link between school-learning and society-encouraging initiative and independent learning and the development of self-discipline and responsible social behaviour.