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 promotes the four AMI Montessori training centres and their work in India. Find out about international Montessori training if you would like to work with children. You can find a job as teacher both in India and abroad.
IMF can help connect you to organisations looking for volunteers to bring Montessori understanding to children in disadvantaged communities. You might like to volunteer some time reading to children or help to make materials.
IMF publishes Montessori books. We also produce didactic materials for children. Do get in touch with us to find out more about the books if you are interested in reaching them to a wider community.
Newsletter & Journal
IMF publishes The Touch Board 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 Montessori Matters, 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.
For those interested in getting involved, IMF offers these resources:
Courses, Events, Montessori Books and Furniture, Subscriptions, Endowment Fund, and an Alumni program.
For more information on these resources, please go over the following section, or feel free to get in touch with us.
Anyone who takes an AMI Montessori course will attest to the intensity of the programme. Students who complete the course become a part of a large Montessori family and have traditionally been welcomed into school communities wherever they go in the world. The training is in a way two-fold. It attempts to offer all-round professional training so that students who do the course may run effective Montessori environments. On another level it attempts to affect the way adults perceive children, to offer them a deep understanding of Montessori principles, and an insight into the development of all human beings transcending social and cultural barriers.
At present, there are four AMI Montessori centres in India. The courses run by these centres maintain the highest international academic standards required by AMI. Successful students are awarded an AMI diploma that is internationally recognized.
The Indian Montessori Foundation organises talks, workshops, conferences and other events from time to time.
The Thursday Talks are presented by Montessori speakers and experts from other fields. The talks create a forum at which parents and teachers and all those interested in education can come together to examine different aspects of the child’s life today. There are around 20 to 25 talks that are held in four cities.
At IMF Workshops we present an in depth study of Montessori principles and practice or related topics in general education that support Montessori parents and teachers. Typically ranging from a couple of hours to a couple of days these workshops offer not only rich study materials and food for thought but an opportunity to meet, share and discuss ideas with others in the field.
You can check this page for upcoming events on our calendar
Montessori Books and Furniture
We publish, produce and publicize various educational resource materials.
Montessori books are intended to help parents and teachers to find reading material on Montessori philosophy and to enrich the environment in which children live. The Montessori books are an invaluable resource for students of Montessori practice and parents.
The children’s furniture is sturdy and durable. Each item is designed to provide comfort and practical learning opportunities to children at home or in Montessori classrooms.
Your donation will help us keep our work of reaching Montessori ideas to children and families alive.
Donor Benefits :
- Special access to Donor’s section on the IMF website
- Donations of Rs.1500 and above – 8 issues of the newsletter and the annual journal
- Donations of Rs.2000 and above – 8 issues of the newsletter and the annual journal and donor passes to attend Thursday Talks.
The Touch Board Newsletter
The Touch Board is the newsletter the Indian Montessori Foundation. 8 issues are published between July and March every school year carrying news of interest to all members of the Montessori community – AMI members, teachers, parents and alumni. The Touch Board is edited by a team of dedicated volunteers. Readers share information involving children at home or in the community and contribute articles of interest to the newsletter.
Montessori Matters Journal
Montessori Matters is the annual journal of the Indian Montessori Foundation. It brings out serious articles on education by Montessori practitioners, educators and experts from other fields. Transcripts of lectures given at IMF and AMI conferences are also published. The journal is aimed at teachers and parents and presents important issues in education today.
Schools and school communities are in need of committed teachers today. Like Anandhi Ramachandran, you too can support young people who need financial assistance to train as Montessori teachers or trainers.
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.
IMF counts on your support – 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.
When the Montessoris ran courses in India in the 1940s there were many students – sometimes 200 or so in a single course. Some students of those years are particularly remembered for their commitment to philosophical goals of Montessori education.
The AMI Alumni in India has always been a strong force. We hope that IMF will provide a space for the gathering of the alumni and a forum to exchange ideas and to stay involved with Montessori activities in India.
If you are a Diploma holder resident in India, we invite you to fill in the Alumni Census Form so that we can keep in touch with you and inform you about upcoming news and events.