The Indian Montessori Foundation has instituted the Anandhi Ramachandran Endowment Fund to support the education of Montessori teachers and Montessori Teacher Trainers. It will award scholarships to people on the basis of economic need.
Your contribution, however small or large, can make all the difference to the Montessori work force in India. As our society is on the brink of great change, Montessori schools are committed to assisting the development of children. Your contribution will serve this greater and worthwhile cause.
Anandhi Ramachandran (1933 -2005)
Anandhi Ramachandran, was the daughter of the iconic Tamil writer and freedom fighter, Kalki Krishnamurti. Her mother, Rukmini Krishnamurti, was a creative and practical homemaker. Kalki was a member of the executive committee of Kalakshetra in the early years and had a deep interest in education and social reform. He was aware of Maria Montessori’s work, which he wrote about in Kalki, the magazine he founded.
Anandhi went to a Montessori school as a child during the time that Maria Montessori was in India. Her father raised her to believe in freedom and equality. These early influences shaped her development as a teacher and made her a staunch supporter of Montessori education till the end of her life.
Anandhi lost her father when she was 21, but went on to study dance at Kalakshetra. Her commitment to Rukmini Devi’s vision of Kalakshetra was centered in the importance of the education of young children, harnessing their energy for the betterment of the world. As a beloved teacher Anandhi shared with her students the curiosity and wonder with which she viewed the world.
Anandhi helped many struggling students, often paying their fees quietly unknown to them. Education was important to her all through her life and she believed in its ability to change lives. Her help was not just an act of personal generosity, but an expression of her social commitment.
Anandhi Ramachandran passed away in 2005. This endowment fund set up in her name will keep her faith in the Montessori education and her commitment to education alive.
The Endowment Fund
Schools and school communities are in need of committed teachers today. You can support young people who need financial assistance to train as Montessori teachers or trainers.
IMF counts on you – now more than ever. Your donation is extremely important to the Endowment Fund as it seeks to provide resources that make an immediate impact in the lives of would be teachers. Those undertaking an AMI diploma course have to think of not only the fees but also study materials and occasionally accommodation and travel in order to be able to afford the training. While undertaking a Training of Trainers programme, a trainee has often to give up a teaching position and is without a job for the duration of the training. The trainee may need to travel abroad or stay a few years in order to complete the requirements. Your contribution, however small or large, can make all the difference to the Montessori work force in India. As our society is on the brink of great change, Montessori schools are committed to assisting the development of children. Your contribution will serve this greater and worthwhile cause.
IMF organises talks and events related to child development and Montessori education in four major cities. You can get involved in organising IMF events and talks in schools in your area.
IMF regularly publishes a newsletter. You can contribute articles of interest on Montessori education or child development or on a range of other topics to The Touch Board.
IMF publishes an annual journal. Are you interested in research? If you would be interested in writing academic papers on relevant issues in current child education in India do contact us and send in your resume with some papers you have written.