Bangalore, Jan 5: Know what Maria Montessori has to say. She says, "The child needs no help, no intervention, only an occasional guidance. 'Help me to help myself,' the child pleads. Thus every useless help is an obstacle to his development."
This statement very well reflects the child-centric feature of the Montessori system, which has now spread its network across India and is celebrating its 100 years of 'House of Childen' in India.
The Indian Montessori Centre has arranged the 'Montessori Congress 2007' at the city's J.N. Tata Auditorium from January 5 to 7.
The Montessori movement always aims to help children attain their full potential, building a healthy personality through independence, inner discipline and a spirit of enquiry.
The movement pioneer, Maria Montessori, through scientific observations, found ways to stimulate children's thinking and keep them occupied with meaningful activities. She learnt children had ability to focus on a task for a long and that they loved learning.
Maria Montessori lived in India and Sri Lanka during the World War II. During her stay here she trained educators and worked for the development of Montessori schools. Her theories have withstood the test of time as current research continues to confirm her concepts.
The first Casa Dei Bambini (House of Children) started on January 6, 1907. Maria Montessori started it for a group of young, unruly children who lived in the slums of San Lorenzo, on the outskirts of Rome. Montessori's work with the 'House of Children' in Italy took her beyond that country to different parts of the globe. Later, Maria Montessori, came to India in 1939 and conducted many training programmes and eventually started Montessori schools.
The Indian Montessori Centre aims at propagating the Montessori philosophy and the method through its training programmes, workshops, seminars and conferences.
The presentations for the Montessori Congress include 'Is the child a forgotten citizen?' by S. Anandalakshmy, who is a Child Development and Education consultant; 'Child and law' by Bharati Ali, a Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi; 'Carrier of Culture' by Muralidhar Koteswar, SSRVM Trust, Bangalore; and 'Fact Finder or Logical Thinker' by M.C. Mathew, CMC hospital, Vellore. Also on agenda is a panel discussion on 'Follow the Child - Relevance Now.'