For 20 years, through war, occupation, and the return of the Taliban, The Garden of Flowers Montessori Preschool has supported children’s resilience, learning and recovery, while also strengthening and inspiring adults. This talk looks at the essential principles of Montessori education and how they served the needs of children in Afghanistan during challenging times. It will address how to adapt and implement a Montessori program in resource-poor but culturally and socially rich environments.
The speaker Allison Lide has worked as a Montessori teacher in the U.S., Afghanistan, Morocco, and Austria. Her focus is on "restorative pedagogy" with children who have been through trauma. She co-founded the Garden of Flowers Montessori Preschool in Kabul in 2002 and is working on a book about the transformative process of implementing Montessori education in Afghanistan.