Dr Maria Montessori & Te Ao Māori
Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952), has been described as an educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, feminist and humanitarian and who was the first early childhood educator to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. What an amazing lady!
Her vision has empowered so many and even myself through my short encounter with Montessori House of Children in Hamilton, NZ.
To see children encouraged to learn through a natural environment triggered an immediate association with Te Ao Māori. A Māori worldview that acknowledges the interrelationships of all living and non-living things. Not just between te tangata (the people) but also between the spiritual and natural world.