The Thai flood in late 2011 devastated the country but the AMI 3 to 6 course marched on to rise out of the deluge. The students supported each other
sharing meals together, studying and
washing up Thai style.
The undaunted spirits of the students, trainers, teachers in their beautiful setting carried on - absorbing Montessori.
Congratulations go out to Elina Rautasalo as she is the Director of Training with over 200 students in the AMI 3 to 6 course.
Although some future plans were effected by the floods - namely the beginning of the Foundation course in preparation for the first AMI 6 to 12 course, the continued promotion of the Assistants to Infancy and the hope for a school administrators seminar, life has resumed and the Montessori projects have regained momentum.
Just prior to the floods Thailand celebrated 8 full years of work with Montessori education with the original team of enthusiastic teachers from the Nakom Pathom area 1 project lead by Kannekar Butt.
Dr Chinnapat, Secretary General of the
Office of Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education, continues to be a keen advocate in support of Montessori Education in Thailand's public schools. His deputy Dr Benjalug Namfa visited Australian Montessori schools late 2011 to build the bridge of knowledge bringing a delegation to visit schools in Sydney showing Montessori from birth to 18 years.
Australian AMI members of the Montessori Australia Foundation continue to visit Thailand supporting the 3 to 6 trained AMI teachers and the preparation of the A to I training in the future.
In March 2012 we had a new delegation come to Sydney, that are interested in Montessori education from birth to the elderly in their communities. They came from the Prince Tepangkorn Rasameechot Child Development Centre, the Udonthanee Home for Girls and the Three Generations Program, as well as other agencies involved in the care and welfare of children across Thailand. It is a very important delegation that could have an important part to play in sponsoring the proposed A to I Course (2013) in particular.
We look to the future, to coming together at the AMI AGM in Amsterdam April 2012, the Congress 2013 and hosting the next EsF Assembly in 2014.