Private Education Awards 2022

Page 4 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards May22009 Opening its doors in 1970, Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz was created by Josefina González, a close friend of the physician and educator, Maria Montessori. Accompanying Josefina was María Jesús Abaroa, who now works as the school’s Pedagogical Director. Indeed, the school was established in order to implement the Montessori teaching method into the Spanish education system – in essence, making high quality education in Madrid more accessible. The school utilises the popular Montessori teaching method to instil a passion for learning in its students – it believes that its role within the child’s life is to push the child to find a better version of themselves. Moreover, Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz wants to help children accomplish their dreams by building the fundamental building blocks that will eventually serve as the foundation for a successful life and career. From teaching multiple languages – including English and French – to allowing children to carve their own path, the school combines the latest discoveries in neuroscience and neurolinguistics with Montessori teaching to create a successful educational centre. But what is the esteemed Montessori method? Created by Maria Montessori, For five decades, Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz has been supporting the children of Madrid through their education. Utilising the Montessori method, the school allows for the child’s independence, confidence, and self-motivation to flourish, turning them into happy and educated young people. Montessori International Schools Parque Conde Orgaz Best Kindergarten Private School - Madrid an Italian physician and educator, in the early 20th century, the Montessori method encourages the natural development of skills by deviating from traditional teaching methods. Instead of focusing on formal lessons, the method utilises independence and a child’s natural hunger and capability for learning to initiate the acquisition of knowledge. Montessori believed that, in a supportive environment, children were their own best teachers. Henceforth, the method depends upon the child’s autonomy, sensory engagement, and self-correction, to work to its best ability. The effectiveness of the method is hotly debated due to a lack of data; however, some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and leaders speak fondly of their Montessori backgrounds. For example, both Larry Page, CEO, and Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google, have praised the method. Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, also speaks fondly of his Montessori education. Furthermore, a 2006 study for Science, conducted by Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest, concluded that, ‘at least when strictly implemented, Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools.’ An excellent example of this conclusion, the