Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.
The child is not a vase which we fill, but a spring which we allow to gush freely.
Let us not raise our children for the world today. This world will no longer exist when they grow up. And nothing lets us know which world will be theirs: so, let’s teach them to adapt.-Maria Montessori-
The Big School
« The first step in a big project »
Our final school will be spread over a plot of 3000 sqm. Emphasizing on the environment, we will welcome children from 12 months to 12 years old in six bilingual classrooms. Students will have access to a library, a vegetable garden, a mini-farm, a motor skills room, a canteen that meets the hygiene and nutrition standards, a dormitory for napping, a courtyard, and a green area. Speech therapy, psychomotricity and special education services will be suggested within the facility.
Welcome to the MGIS family. Our school is a very happy place situated in a pretty green site, in the town of Cocody. Located in an area of great tranquility, and well served, it’s on a plot of 2500 sqm, combining huts, lawn, a wooded area, a vegetable patch and a mini farm
We have set up a framework which allows our students to develop their learning with joy. Their development and the pleasure they have in coming to school is our goal. Our teaching is bilingual (French and English), it is inspired by the pedagogy of Maria Montessori. The teaching is adapted to each child whose development and progression are unique. Students evolve at their own pace, respecting their personalities and their differences.
To allow this harmonious development, it is important that the children going through the same basic stages, are gathered in the same space, thus, the children are grouped by age groups. This coexistence in a cooperative rather than competitive environment promotes mutual aid, mutual respect, and exchanges between children. Through the experimentation of human relationships, a well-understood social life is gradually built up.
The education is considered as an aid to life, it lays the foundations for a conscious and responsible future society capable of living in peace.
In our school, a point of honor is put on the quality of the teachers, on their availability and the choice of their profession, by the passion that they have to teach “differently” and for the happiness of the students. Each educator is trained on the Montessori pedagogy. The assistants followed a course in Montessori pedagogy. Our team regularly benefits from visits and training sessions from our partner network, Athéna Montessori.
Our Educational Project
- Provide the child with emotional and physical security.
- Respect the child’s rhythm and cues.
- Guarantee the child individualized care adapted to his needs.
- Foster the child’s autonomy by relying on their own personal resources.
- Support the child in recognizing his emotions and desires.
- Ensure smooth socialization.
- Place parents at the heart of our project.
- Develop communication and mutual aid: Establish the pedagogical dialogue “child – teacher” “child – child” (multi-age, mutual aid, tutoring, pooling).
- Develop responsibility: commit to, and carry out a task to the end. Self-assess: Accept mistakes. Respect others and their work.
- Develop the action: Be the author of their learning; use their senses, manipulate, verbalize, reinvest. Practical life material.
- Develop the autonomy and the freedom of action: act alone in thought, know how to say what I have learned from free choice: from their learning
- Develop their concentration. Work in silence. Control their movements.
- The Montessori program at the primary level responds to the most marked characteristics of this new stage in the child’s development: his insatiable need to acquire knowledge, his need for openness to the outside world, and his social role.
- The establishment scrupulously follows the program defined by the Ministry of National Education with each concept introduced by the Montessori material.
- Prepared by the adult in order to encourage working in small groups, the organization of classroom life must help the child to exercise his freedom. Elementary school children have the freedom to choose their work and can work spontaneously and “passionately” for long periods of uninterrupted time. But this freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility. Thus, helping the child to progress towards more independence.
- The Montessori material present in the classroom meets the interest of the child and cultivates his inquiring mind. It also helps the child to memorize, develops his reasoning mind and his abstraction skills.
Be yourself, serenely: allow each child to develop his personality and self-esteem, in all serenity and at his own pace.
Growing with others: meeting others with empathy and kindness. Practice cooperation and learn from differences.
Learn with enthusiasm: maintain the child’s curiosity and natural momentum of discovery, support confidence and the joy of learning.
Explore the world: living between the classroom, and the natural and human world to give meaning to knowledge.
Flourish their creativity: encourage children’s creative thinking, open up possibilities for artistic expression and inventiveness.
Living in Nature: learning to relax, explore, create, question, feel, connect … thanks to the garden and the mini-farm.
LIFE AT SCHOOL
MGIS is a partner of the Athena International schools, founded by Sylvie d’Esclaibes. Pioneer of Montessori pedagogy in France, she is the first director of a Montessori establishment up to the baccalaureate. As well as an advisor and partner for the creation of schools and Montessori nurseries around the world. She is the author of numerous books on pedagogy.