The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted and opened for signature on the 20th of November 1989. AMI aims to mark the 30th Anniversary of this milestone by producing a declaration for distribution to global NGOs, highlighting the work of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF).

365 days

Days of celebrating the Convention
30 participants

Schools and educators around the world contributing to the Montessori Book for Children's Rights

54 articles

Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession on 20 November 1989

1 convention

For children's rights.
We, participants of Educateurs sans Frontières, strive to promote the rights of the child throughout the world, irrespective of race, religion, political and social beliefs and in particular Article 30 of the Convention.

We recognize and will support the capacity of each and every child to grow to their full potential.

We draw our inspiration and commitment from the work of Maria Montessori, and from the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We recognize that many children still suffer deprivation, discrimination and exclusion and as a consequence lack the opportunities to grow to their full potential.

In co-celebration with the 30th anniversary of the Convention, and in recognition of its ratification by nearly every country in the world, we commit to promoting the rights of ALL children as articulated in the Convention within the communities in which we work; we commit to creating environments in which all children with whom we work will have the possibility of participating and developing their own understanding of their rights, in part through making available to them child friendly versions of the Convention.

The declaration in support of the Convention will be accompanied by the Montessori Book for Children's Rights, produced by the children of the world, demonstrating what the different articles of the convention mean to them.

What you can find on this website
What the Convention is and how it relates to the work of Montessori.
What we do and how you can help us in our outreach work.
How you can take part in this project in 4 simple steps.
How to get in touch and share your ideas with us.

AMI's global network of Affiliates work to promote the value of quality Montessori education to all. AMI and its Affiliates will connect with NGOs and institutions directly to raise awareness regarding the rights of the children and AMI's commitment to bring quality Montessori education to children around the world, regardless of their circumstances.

Meet our team
Edwina Mulcahy
Literacy and Children's Publication Expert
Edwina is an AMI Primary and Elementary qualified teacher, and has worked in London and Dublin, with children from the ages of 18 months to 12 years. She also graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours Masters of Education. Her M.Ed. included modules on Social Justice in Education, Children's Rights and Participation, Philosophical Perspectives in Education and Children's Literature. During her Masters, she worked, in an outreach capacity, as a Literacy Coordinator in a DEIS school in Dublin (DEIS is an acronym for Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools). Edwina is now a researcher for University College Dublin, as part of Children's School Lives (CSL) - the first ever national longitudinal study focusing on children's lives in school in Ireland.
Fay Hendriksen
Educateurs sans Frontières Manager
Fay studied International Relations and obtained a Masters in Conflict Resolution. Afterwards, she spent four months in Nicaragua providing vocational training. This experience made her increasingly aware of the importance of quality education in order to develop independent, socially engaged individuals. Fay's responsibilities at the AMI office in Amsterdam include coordination of Educateurs sans Frontières and Funds Development.
Philip O'Brien
AMI President
Philip O'Brien is the President of Association Montessori Internationale. Formerly he was Executive Vice President for Communications Advocacy and Development at the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation. Before joining Elizabeth Glaser, Philip worked for UNICEF in a number of positions and roles, including Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe, and Director of Private Partnerships and Fundraising. He has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, US and Europe. He holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK.
Julia Tcvetkova
AMI Communications Coordinator
Julia Tcvetkova holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics. At the moment she is studying for her Postgraduate Degree in Digital Communications. Julia is responsible for the development and delivery of AMI's communications strategy across all its corporate social media channels and touch-points. She manages the content across AMI's core brand portfolio.

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