Through our internationally-recognized Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) accredited courses, we equip teachers with the capacity and skill to offer education as an aid to life. Our Institute empowers individuals, especially women, to become community shaping exemplars in the face of gender-based violence, deep societal inequality, and a legacy of racial prejudice. We collaborate with our partners through a shared vision to bring quality education to all communities and transform society by utilising the marvelous potential of the child. Maria Montessori recognised that the study of the young is fundamental to the peace and progress of humanity, for “within the child, lies the fate of the future.” That is why we believe that training Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers is the most significant investment that humanity can make in its future right now.

Why study with us?

At the Indaba Institute, individuals are introduced to a philosophy and 100-year pedagogy that teaches education for life and learn to guide the development of independent and confident individuals who care for themselves, others and their environment. With community at the core of our work, every course is a micro-society and provides for the needs of teachers from a variety of where each individual is a highly valued member of the community. With courses taking place on the indigenous biodiversity campus of the Sustainability Institute, students also get the chance to experience nature and understand its role in helping children understand the importance of creating a more sustainable world.

By choosing to study with us, you will begin to gain a holistic view of human development and understanding of a pedagogy that has the capacity to radically change the life outcomes of a child’s future – and the future of society.

What is Montessori?

Over 100 years ago, Maria Montessori’s observation of human development from birth to adulthood led to an education approach that supports children’s natural development, providing the skills and support to reach their full potential in life.  Montessori education builds a child’s capability to become a fulfilled and productive adult able to contribute to the world—at home, at work, and in their community.

A strong emotional, behavioural, and moral foundation is necessary for children become motivated, active, and independent learners who are prepared for the real world. In this way, Montessori develops the whole child, providing children with enduring intellectual capabilities, achieved through the framework of social and emotional learning. Academics and knowledge-building are key qualities of Montessori, as is the ability to think creatively and understand the needs of others. When these fundamental skills are fostered early in life, children gain the capability to problem solve, persevere, and interact well with others in any circumstance.

As Montessori teachers, you guide children through discovery and create a unique and engaging learning environment designed to fit the specific needs of each child’s stage of development to help them reach their full potential. Learning is all about the activity and independence of the child to find out what they need at each particular moment at their own pace.

What is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale’s(AMI) global network empowers teachers and communities through the holistic approach of Maria Montessori, helping all children become truly capable and productive individuals by focusing on their moral, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual development. AMI is internationally recognised as a custodian of Montessori principles and practice and an accreditation partner that advocates for quality education educations that respects the unique nature of childhood, natural human development and the rights of the child. A unique aspect of the AMI course of study is regular hands-on practice with, and creation of, materials in a model classroom environment.

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