Dr. Maria Montessori

The holistic education system she founded.

Dr. Maria Montessori was an extraordinary, multi- faceted personality : a physician, a scientist, an educator - she was the first woman in modern times to receive a medical degree in Italy. She started the first House of Children in 1906-7 in San Lorenzo near Rome. From that tiny beginning, the Montessori movement has now developed into a global educational system - it has spread to all countries in the world, thousands of schools worldwide now follow Montessori principles.

Dr. Montessori was invited by Rukrnani Arundale to come to India, and during her visit, she conducted a course at Kalakshetra in 1939- this was the beginning of Montessori in India. It is continually receiving increasing recognition and a large number of schools are now following the Montessori system from pre-primary right up to higher levels of schooling.

"My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding to that certification from the secondary schools to the university, but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity, through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual".

- Maria Montessori