EsF Talks
Reflecting on the legacy of Maria Montessori and exploring innovative application of Montessori principles and practice in today's world
What are the EsF Talks about?
We would like to invite you to a series of online sessions that will be hosted by AMI EsF throughout 2021. Anyone with an interest in the social mission of Montessori is more than welcome to join the session which will be hosted on Zoom.

In 2020, we looked back on 150 years since the birth of Maria Montessori and reflected on her groundbreaking contribution, creating awareness around the potential of the child and their importance to human society and the fact that children do not find the conditions for life in adult society.
Some of the issues Montessori raised around the rights of the child during her lifetime have been given more prominence, while many challenges remain before every child will have the opportunity to develop to its full potential. The global pandemic has exacerbated inequality, particularly affecting children who were already marginalised.

6 January 2021 marks the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini and offers a moment for reflection. What lessons can we learn from Montessori's legacy and what role can Montessori educators play in addressing today's challenges to build a better future for all children?
Past EsF Talks
We collected the recordings of the past EsF Talks here
Montessori: Champion of the Rights of Children

by Erica Moretti, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY

On 6 January 2021 we held a unique online session which focused on the social mission of Montessori. This was the first of a series hosted by AMI's Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), where we reflected on the legacy of Maria Montessori and explored the application of Montessori principles in today's world. We discussed the roots of Maria Montessori as an advocate for children and looked at how Montessori principles and practice can offer a pathway to addressing some of the current global challenges.

About the speaker: Erica Moretti is assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY. She received a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University and a diploma in American Studies from Smith College. Her research interests include modern Italian intellectual and social history, biopolitics, gender studies, modern and contemporary Italian literature, and Italian colonialism. Her book the Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights is forthcoming with the University of Wisconsin Press.
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