The Montessori method has been making inroads into Nigeria in small pockets for several decades and in the last decade has grown to become a force to be reckoned with. However, it is yet to be well represented at gatherings of education stake holders in Nigeria.
In 2007, AMEN was birthed, spearheaded by Mrs. Adebola Atoyebi of Heritage House Montessori School and teacher education program. Working with other like- minded professionals, it kicked off with an inaugural meeting and a lecture. However, there was a lull in the activities of the organization until recently, when Montessorians were once again confronted with the need to work as a unit. The organization is being re-birthed, with a new executive.
“WHO WILL AMEN SERVE?”
AMEN will serve individuals as well as institutions, and will provide services that recognize the diversity in both.
At the individual level, this includes:
- Parents, caregivers, therapists and other professionals who work with children in a Montessori school but have no Montessori training.
- Teaching staff and assistant working in a Montessori classroom without full Montessori certificate.
- Person undergoing Montessori training.
- Montessori certified teachers (guides).
At the institution level, this includes:
- Schools with no Montessori implementation but interested in beginning the process.
- Schools with partial/full Montessori implementation.
- Montessori teacher education programs.
- Vendors of educational resources for the Montessori environment.