About IMF

IMF was born at the 26th International Montessori Congress held at Kalakshetra Foundation in January 2009. It was founded with a vision of enabling children to reach their full potential through the principles of Montessori education leading towards a more harmonious and peaceful world.
Being a voluntary organisation, run by volunteers across India and abroad, it has brought together like minded Montessori practitioners, educators and experts who are in service of the children through various platforms.
Its inception also transformed and merged two earlier local voluntary organisations – the Montessori India AMI Alumni and the Madras Montessori study circle.
IMF also brings out two publications – The Touch Board and Montessori Matters. By organising talks, workshops and Montessori conferences, IMF serves as a common platform that shares information on important issues in education today.
The IMF is guided by a team of trustees, who bring with them, considerable experience in education and training
Kamini Sundaram, Director, 
Abacus Montessori School, Chennai
Leela Samson, Dancer
Former Director, Kalakshetra Foundation
Rukmini Ramachandran, Director of Training,
Navadisha Montessori Foundation, Chennai
Shirley Madhavan Kutty, Principal, 
The Magic Years, Montessori House of Children, New Delhi
Zarin Malva, Director of Training, 
RTI Montessori Training Course, Mumbai

Montessori Vision

The child on his journey to adulthood must pass through key developmental stages. At every stage the needs of the child is different and must be fulfilled in order for the individual to flourish. The central principle in the Montessori philosophy is that children must grow in a nurturing and enabling environment which meets their tangible and intangible needs at every stage of their development. All adults must play out their crucial role which is to offer support and remove obstacles from the child’s developmental path. Children who are raised with respect in a free environment with opportunity to act on their own and express their intelligence will grow into self-disciplined and responsible citizens who will then create peaceful societies.
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Members meet regularly at the annual meeting in Amsterdam and at international and national conferences, and local events organised by national affiliated societies. Members receive an academic journal and direct mailing news bulletins.

Association Montessori Internationale

Membership to the Association Montessori Internationale is open to everyone who recognises the value of AMI’s work and wishes to support it. With the help of members, AMI endeavours to realise Dr Montessori’s ultimate aim: to support the natural development of the human being from birth to maturity enabling children to become the transforming elements of society leading to a harmonious and peaceful world.