We are creating, in the southern region of Luxembourg, a new and different kind of school based on the Montessori pedagogy—one that enables all children to reach their fullest potential and to become independent, self-motivated, responsible members of the world community. This learner-centered education will be accessible to all families, independent of means, enabling each child to go into the world equipped not just with a top-level academic education, but with creativity, compassion, and respect.
Why create a new school?
The Whole Child. Our ultimate vision is the creation of a more peaceful and equitable society. We believe this begins with the education of the youngest in our society and that we can sow the seeds for this by fostering the development of self-confidence, independence, and the full potential of the person.
Community. Connection to the community is central to our vision, and a key aspect of our curriculum is community-based learning. We want our students to grow into compassionate and responsible adults, and we believe the best way to make this happen is not only for the adults around them to model the values of social justice, equality and environmental responsibility, but also to provide each child with a tailored education that follows the child and allows the child to grow into the full and unique person that he or she is.
The Environment. We now know more than ever about the critical role that contact with the natural world plays in the healthy development of children and in the physical and emotional health of children and adults. Our curriculum offers numerous points of connection with nature, with benefits to academic learning, personal development, and environmental stewardship–children need to be connected to nature in order to want to take care of it!
What kind of school will it be?
The school is an English-French bilingual Montessori school, modeled on the globally successful AMI-recognized schools, and prepared to meet the needs of the richly diverse population in Luxembourg. Our educators are highly-trained in the science of child development and learning, in Montessori pedagogy, and additionally in areas to meet specific needs, such as for inclusion. The youngest children will start at age 3 and will continue through to the end of cycle 4 at age 12. We will provide financial assistance for families of limited means. Naturally, the school will attract a diverse and international community, but will also be rooted in the local community. One of our strengths is the broad network of support and partners that we have already built, and that we continue to build. We have existing partners in Luxembourg, across Europe, and beyond. And, although the school will be unique in Luxembourg, we are deeply connected to a global network of Montessori schools who share best practices and support each other.
Why Montessori, and what’s “AMI”?
We believe that following the child is the surest path to support her natural development. This development begins individually for each child in the early years, but strong individual development is the foundation for healthy social interaction in later years and the development of a strong sense of community. Ultimately, it is our hope that we will enable each child to go into the world equipped not just with a top academic education, but with creativity, compassion, and respect.
AMI, or the Association Montessori Internationale, is the organization Maria Montessori created to carry her work forward after her death. The term “Montessori” is not copyrighted or protected, and AMI works to protect the authenticity of Montessori education, ensuring that the children get the maximum benefit.
We remain focused on our individual school project, but our larger vision is to inspire even more learner-centered education throughout Luxembourg. Dr. Montessori felt that “mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.”
When will the doors open?
The Minett Montessori School ASBL was created in 2018 by three co-founders. Since then, we have been working on the initial planning steps as well as becoming engaged in the international network of Montessori schools. We are hoping to secure a location and preliminary financing as soon as possible, which will enable us to meet our targeted open date of September 2022. At this point, our primary challenge is finding partners who can provide a location and start-up funding.
What kind of location are you looking for?
In terms of location, we need a space that is a minimum size of 250 m2, growing to 350 m2 after the first three years. Also, we would need an arrangement that would allow access to outdoor space. These are the minimum requirements for location of the school. Additionally, the process will be facilitated if the space already meets code for educational purposes. In order to make the school accessible to the largest number of families, we will aim for easy access by public transportation. Finally, proximity to forest and space for gardening will facilitate our work in giving the children a connection to nature. All these aspects, except the first two, would enhance the education we can provide but are not critical, especially at the beginning.
We are focused on building our partnerships to secure a location and remaining funding in order to launch Minett Montessori School in September 2022. If you share our vision and are interested in supporting us or getting involved, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, and to sign up for our newsletter, find us at www.minettmontessori.lu.