26/04/2016

THINK EQUALMontessori supporting UN sustainable development goals

by Barbara Isaacs, Chief Education Officer

Montessori St Nicholas is delighted to be working with the THINK EQUAL initiative for introduction of a universal curriculum for young children focusing on development of empathy, emotional literacy and critical thinking. This initiative supports the UN vision for Global citizenship and is in line with Maria Montessoris own vision of the child as CITIZEN OF THE WORLDa human being with respect for all and committed to peaceful co-existence. Barbara Isaacs invites you to preview the draft of the Curriculum framework.

Education of the head without education of the heart, is no education at all.
-Aristotle

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.
-Nelson Mandela

Think Equal is an unprecedented world-changing initiative, which calls for a systemic change in global education. It constructs and delivers an international curriculum, and acts as a global resource for educating the hearts of the worlds children, and not merely their heads. The detailed, extended curriculum is a holistic approach to education, which provides concrete strategies, exercises and tools to secure an education in empathy, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, conflict resolution, respect, equality and diversity. Its objective is to break the cycle of discrimination and violence, and create a new generation of global citizens who can rise to the many challenges facing the 21st century.

Think Equal is the first implementation program of the objectives which we have been merely talking about since the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1928. It meets six of the 13 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our team includes world-renowned experts and visionaries in education, human rights, gender, neuroscience, and psychology, and embraces the latest visionary philosophies on inclusive and holistic education.

Adopting countries (of which there are 28 so far, with six pilots confirmed to start in 2017), will implement the curriculum on a compulsory basis, and from the first day of education of their children, while they are still cognitively modifiable and their attitudes and behaviour can be changed.

Changes in the world call for the development of a new humanism that is not only theoretical but practical, that is not only focused on the search for values, but oriented towards the implementation of concrete programmes that have tangible results.
A New Humanism for the 21st Century, Irina Bokova Director-General UNESCO

 

To download the curriculum framework click on the link  THINK EQUAL Early Years FrameworkCopyright 2016