The National Montessori Elementary training course concluded with Module 8 in April 2017. 27 students sat for the exams and everyone did well. It was a proud moment for the trainers to announce a 100% pass result for this pilot course - the first in East Africa! The training faculty was amazed by the quality of work that the students put in to the albums and handmade materials including the charts and timelines.
The graduation ceremony was an explosion of song, dance and colour that started with the planting of two Moringa trees in the garden; Director of Training, Jean Miller planted one tree on behalf of the students and Guest of Honour, CDN Education Secretary, Ms Francesca Kipsoi planted the other.
The official awarding of the Diplomas was accompanied by lots of cheering as the students came up one after another to collect their graduation packs. The ceremony ended with the closing prayer by Sr Denise Mattle, principal of the Montessori Teacher Training College of Mwanza, Tanzania, who had driven all of the previous day to attend the graduation on behalf of the Tanzanian students.
Every graduating group finds a name for itself to represent their journey and the focus of their work. This first groups of Montessori elementary graduates in East Africa decided to call themselves the Pathfinders as they take on the task of finding the path for Montessori elementary in their countries.
A huge congratulations to our Pathfinders. We are so proud and wish them all the best as they continue onto the next phase of their Montessori journeys.
For more information on the conclusion of the elementary course, visit the EsF website using this link.