2021 Annual Global Meeting

AMI's 2021 Annual Global Meeting was held online on the 9th and 10th April 2021.

This year we connected with the AMI community across the world to continue our celebration of Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday, highlighting the amazing work being done in the area of human rights, which was a foundational part of Montessori’s work. 

The online programme covered two days:

  • Friday, 9 April from 15:00 to 19:00 CET
  • Saturday, 10 April from 14:00 to 18:30 CET

We were delighted to feature two Keynote Speakers:

  • Marc Dullaert – Founder of Kids Rights Foundation, committed to children’s rights worldwide.
  • Joanne Dunn – Human Rights Advocate and child protection professional, working for the UN, and previously Senior Protection Advisor for UNICEF. 

Programme Schedule

Friday, 9 April

3:00pm - 3:45pm Young People as Game Changers (Marc Dullaert)

3:45pm - 4:15pm (parallel sessions): 

  • Back to the Future: Why Montessori Still Matters (Molly O’Shaughnessy)
  • A Holistic Approach to Implementing Montessori in Under-resourced Communities (Connie Carballo)
  • Introduction of the AMI 12–18 Diploma Course and Trainers (AMI 12–18 Trainers)

4:15pm - 4:45pm Coffee Break and Breakout Room Discussions

4:45pm - 5:45pm (parallel sessions):

  • Montessori for Dementia and Ageing (Anne Kelly, Christina Harlamb, Jennifer Brush)
  • Montessori Core Principles: Celebrating Legacy, Building Capacity, Expanding Outreach (Uma Ramani, Merry Hadden, Gerry Leonard, Tina Booth)
  • Competencies: Designing a High Quality Adolescent Montessori Teacher Preparation Program (Paige Bray, Joshua Russell, Koen Schaap, Rogier Dijk, Manja Stoovelaar, Jessy La Faille)

5:45pm - 6:00pm Coffee Break and Musical Interlude

5:45pm - 6:15pm Grass Roots Engagement (Helen Mohan Elias)

6:15pm - 6:45pm Maria Montessori Writes to Her Grandchildren (Carolina Montessori)


Saturday, 10 April

2:00pm - 3:00pm AGM Business Meeting (Lynne Lawrence)

3:00pm - 3:30pm (parallel sessions):

  • The Montessori Approach to Music (Sarah Werner Andrews)
  • Montessori Sports at Home (Ruben Jongkind, Patrick Oudemans)
  • My ‘Glocal’ life in Tokyo (Takako Fukatsu)

3:30pm - 4:00pm Coffee Break and Breakout Room Discussions

4:00pm - 5:00pm (parallel sessions):

  • Climate Change/Environmental and Social Injustice to Children (Lily Platt, Elizabeth Wathuti, Ama van Dantzig, Leah Namugerwa)
  • Research Hour (Ayize Sabater, Solange Denervaud, Gabriel Salomão, Antoni Tort Bardolet)
  • Building Community in South Africa (Jasmine Jacob, Nia Seale, Nomvelo Lupuzi)

5:00pm - 5:15pm Coffee Break, Research Breakout Room and Musical Interlude

5:15pm - 6:00pm Child Protection (Joanne Dunn)

6:00pm - 6:15pm Closing Remarks (Philip O’Brien, Lynne Lawrence)


The AGM was open to AMI members and non-members and offered opportunities to network together online, hear the latest from AMI on its work and listen to inspirational talks from education and human rights experts.

All the sessions were recorded and available following the event to those who registered.

The AGM was conducted in English. Due to the large number of different nationalities who we attended, we were not able to provide a fair and equitable range of translations for our sessions. AMI is looking into the possibility of translation for future events.

Please see the Cancellation and Refunds Policy.

AMI AGM Speaker Marc Dullaert
AMI AGM Speaker Sarah Werner Andrews
AMI AGM Speakers Young Change-Makers
AMI AGM Speakers Equal Opportunity
AMI AGM Speakers Montessori Sports
AMI AGM Speakers Core Principles
AMI AGM Speakers Montessori for Dementia and Ageing
AMI AGM Speakers Helen Mohan Elias
AMI AGM Speakers Carolina Montessori
AMI AGM Speakers Molly O'Shaughnessy
AMI AGM Speakers Connie Carballo
AMI AGM Speakers Takako Fukatsu
AMI AGM Speakers Research Panel
AMI AGM Speakers Adolescent Course