In light of the paramount significance of Montessori schooling for children, Parwaan National Center of Excellence on Early Childhood Care and Education, in collaboration with Prime Minister’s Education Reforms Program is beginning Montessori classes in 50 government schools located in rural suburban areas of Islamabad in April 2017, for the first time, to provide quality and holistic development opportunities to children of age 3 to 5 years.
Parwaan Montessori’s are equipped with child learning materials which combine the aspect of play and learning professionals targeting key learning areas for a child to self-learn while enjoying in playing. In order to provide easy accessibility to the children, the Montessori classrooms are being set up in public schools. The vibrant ambience of the classroom will allow an easier transition from home to school.
The Parwaan Montessori program will build teachers capacities in innovative preschool teaching methodologies and equip the classrooms with teaching and learning resource material. The Montessori programme is not just an educational programme but it inculcates all the features required for a holistic development such as instilling healthy habits in children and encouraging them to be involved in sports and art activities.
Studies by psychologists in the U.S. reveal that children in Montessori schooling outperform those who have received traditional education. The schooling system that was invented in the early 1900s by Maria Montessori to educate poor children in her native Italy has spread globally with its roots extending to a number of developing countries including Pakistan.
Montessori education helps children develop in an independent environment where they are valued as unique individuals allowing them to learn freely at their own pace. It evolved children into engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.
The key element of any education is the teacher, who, as a famous quote says, ‘It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.’ Therefore, Parwaan Montessori Programme has on board expert trainers, who build the capacities of teachers/caregivers who not only provide an education to the children but give them the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals at such a young age which subsequently prepares them for primary schooling and improves their learning outcomes.