In July, the Montessori teacher training and the resulting project schools initiated by the Peter-Hesse-Foundation were used as an example for social change by the "Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)" at their third general assembly of the "Éducateurs sans Frontières (EsF)" (Teachers without Borders) in Dallas, Texas. Carol Guy-James Barratt and Peter Hesse (Photo) had been invited by AMI to take part in this EsF-conference.
Under the title "Montessori Education for Social Change. – Empowering Communities, Enabling Children", over 50 educators from around the word presented their encouraging experience and discussed Maria Montessori's philosophy of education as a means of creating a better world. The Peter-Hesse-Foundation projects in Haiti, as well as other outstanding examples of education for social change such as AMI's Montessori initiative in a refugee-camp in Kenya and projects from Australia and Tanzania, as well as projects for homeless and disadvantaged children in the USA, were also presented.
In Haiti, work to build the Montessori teacher training center continues.
The sanitary units are being prepared and the drilling of a water well is now firmly planned. The German volunteers, who had already prepared the ground for the houses of the training center in Liancourt in April, are in full preparation for their second building trip to Haiti this month. The group from the Kempen "Berufskolleg" (comprehensive college) will work again together with local Haitians to continue building as much as possible in the framework of their donated holiday time and of our limited financial resources. A group from various Presbyterian Churches in the United States will be visiting Liancourt and Leogane, as well in October, with hopes of sharing the great work of the Haitian teachers and the Hesse foundation.