Children take their Wishes to Parliament
Children take their Wishes for the Future to Parliament, Wellington, August 31.
Hundreds of preschoolers, primary and high school students, parents and staff from Montessori early childhood centres and schools will be mingling with Wellington's lunchtime crowds on August 31 in a parade to Parliament.
The parade is to celebrate 100 years of Montessori education and to present to Parliament the wishes of Montessori children for the next 100 years.
Some of the wishes to be presented at Parliament include:
I wish my house is full of love - 4 yrs, I wish the tiger would be able to live in the jungle - 4 yrs, We don't want dirty air, we want clean air - 4 yrs, I wish more people would donate more money to the poor and needy - 9 yrs, My wish for the future is: more parks for the children - 12 yrs, More forests for the next generation - 10 yrs, My wish is to have more hospitals and disease research centres - 11yrs, I wish for an end to child abuse - 10 yrs, I wish the whole world was safer - 6 yrs, I wish that we all didn't fight - 6 yrs
Reflecting the focus of Montessori education on contributing to the wider community and focusing on environmental issues, children participating in the Montessori centenary parade will be raising money for an international movement of ''Montessori Wells of Love'' to bring clean water to the children of Azawak, Niger. www.waterforniger.org
August 31 is the birthday of the founder of Montessori education, Italian doctor Maria Montessori, a three-times Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Environmentally friendly balloons will be released, a birthday cake for Dr Montessori will be cut and the children will sing in Maori, Italian and English.
The parade begins at 11.15am at Mercer Street and will arrive at Parliament at 12 noon.
The centenary year for Montessori
education began on January 6, the date in 1907 that Dr
Montessori opened the first Montessori casa dei bambini or
"children's house" for 50 poor, illiterate children aged
from 2-6 years in the slums of Rome. This was the beginning
of the Montessori movement. Today Montessori is the single
largest educational pedagogy in the world with more than
22,000 schools on six continents.
In New Zealand the centenary is being celebrated throughout 2007 by Montessori early childhood centres, primary schools and colleges.