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Montessori Learning Circles Children’s Rights 2018

Celebration of 100 years NMV
Montessori Europe Congress

Theme ‘Children’s Rights’


November 3: A special day for Montessori Education in The Netherlands:
The NMV (Dutch Montessori association) celebrates its 100 years existence in The Hague!
On the same day the annual Montessori Europe Congress opens (November 3 – 5).

Every year a theme is chosen for the Congress, not only relevant for the Montessori theory and its practice, but also for a contemporary society. In 2015 the theme was ‘socialization’, in 2016 ‘responsibility’. The new theme ‘children’s rights’  fits so well with the Montessori principles of taking responsibility and taking care of yourself and others. On November 4 Dutch students will present assignments about children’s rights, designed by themselves.

All children have rights, first stated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1924 and enshrined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) signed by almost all countries in the world. How is it possible for children to understand this treaty, which consists of 54 articles?
Maybe we are all familiar with rights for humans and children, but basic rights such as the right to education, good healthcare, safety and family life are still unattainable for many children. Not only should we as adults fight for these rights, children should be aware of them as well.

How can we introduce children’s rights into our classrooms?

That’s where the Learning Circles project fits in perfectly!

Montessori schools join in the Learning Circles Children’s Rights 2018

In a Learning Circle students learn with each other, about each other and collaborate to create a deeper understanding of various topics, issues and themes.
Since 1998 the Global Teenager Project (GTP) offers Learning Circles in over 40 countries. It has become a vibrant learning community and global education network, helping to connect teachers and students around the world to explore new ways to learn, collaborate and share.
A Learning Circle is a virtual global classroom where students and teachers can work and learn together with their peers around the world. By sharing experiences and knowledge in a wiki, they develop insight into each others lives. Using the Internet, email and social media, students communicate around specific Children’s Rights themes such as: the right to food, security, education and health. Do children all over the world, also those with physical, emotional and social challenges not all have the same rights and what is the actual situation for children? These critical questions and many more, are raised in the Learning Circles. Addressed to students in a way that challenges them to look further and deepen their learning. Students ask each other questions about children’s rights, telling their own stories and those of others and share what they found.

Students are learning with the world, not just about the world. That makes each Learning Circle a unique learning experience for students and teachers.

Future skills

In the Learning Circles Children’s Rights, students are challenged to wonder, question, explore and share. With their stories and contributions, they connect with students at school and abroad. To create ownership of learning, students will set their own learning intentions and success criteria and give and receive feedback.
By using peerScholar as tool for peer reflection, students will reflect on their own and their peers’ learning process. A focus on peer learning and future skills in the methodology of the Learning Circles leads to visible learning outcomes and pleasure in learning in a global connection.

See also



See the timeline for all Learning Circles from February 12 – June 03  2018


The contribution for participation is € 395,- per group or class for European schools. Fees for classes from other countries might vary according to the local situation. With your contributions, we are able to support participation of schools from many countries in the Circles.


Montessori schools from all over the world are invited to register!
We offer Learning Circles:
for students aged 9-12 years old
for students aged 12-18 years old.
Registration is open.

Workshop Learning Circles (WT 9) – Montessori Europe Congress 2017 – November 4

See Programm

Children’s rights are not just about children; they belong to all children!
That’s why our workshops for the Congress are powered by students of 5 Montessori Schools. They will present their own challenging assignments on Children’s Rights, designed for their fellow students from over the world! Students show us how globally working together can grow into a lively classroom learning experience. You are welcome at our workshops on November 4th at 10:30 and 13:30.

We will explain how your classes and schools can register to actively participate.

You’re very welcome to join the
2018 Montessori Learning Circles Children’s Rights!

Global Teenager Project
Your coordinators:

Bob Hofman
Global Teenager Project Director

As global learning innovator Bob has spent 25 years teaching and as consultant, he conducted professional development in more than 40 countries. He also holds the chair for the iEARN-Netherlands Foundation and is an assembly member of iEARN International. As executive director of the Global Teenager Project he is involved in a high-quality learning network. Bob is also the European representative for peerScholar. Specialties: Initiating and creating international educational collaborative projects, with a focus on community based learning and formative assessment.

Manon van Herwijnen
Learning Circles Coordinator

As a former teacher in special and primary education Manon has expanded her skills in coordination of several projects and became facilitator for Dutch schools in the Learning Circles since 2012. She is now designing and coordinating the International Circles with several themes. Since 2013 Manon is member of the Dutch peerScholar team with a focus on coaching educators to use peer learning in challenging education, that enables students to learn, wonder and explore together and to take more responsibility for their own learning.