Although the year 2022 brought an unparalleled set of events; the COVID19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and side effects of Global Warming, most of us still managed to do positive things.
Despite the difficult circumstances, the Peter-Hesse-Foundation continued our Montessori activities in Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and Haiti. We provided books and Montessori materials to existing schools, and assisted the opening of two more Montessori schools in Ivory Coast. And we made preparations for opening another new school in Mali.
We started our first teacher training course in Senegal, with a trainer from our own program in Haiti.
For the first time, we will provide the theoretical and Montessori philosophy sessions online. Demonstration of didactical materials, practice using the materials and teaching practice in a Montessori school will take place in person.
We also authored and translated a Montessori workbook for student-teachers in Bambara, the most widely spoken language of Mali. During colonisation, French became the official language used in government and formal education in Mali. However, only 21% of the population speak French and almost all people who speak French in Mali speak it as a second language. Having these teacher handbooks in Bambara opens the learning experience to a much larger portion of the population.
Unfortunately, the gang violence in Haiti prevented most schools from functioning for the year. Some schools in isolated villages were able to open part time. Despite the horrendous situation there, we still managed to send books and classroom materials to some schools when there was a lull in the shooting and burning of tires on the streets.
We jumped over all the unexpected hurdles of 2022 and did our best for children in the countries where we are active. We believe in investing in children as a way of changing the world for future generations.
Montessori education represents that hope.
To change anything, we have to start with ourselves.
We hope you are inspired to make a difference in 2023.
African saying, “If everyone puts a teaspoon of water, we can fill the bucket.”