Who Are We?
The Montessori Egyptian Center was established in 2015,
weaving together the different services, courses, and workshops provided by its team and partners in an entity that aims at diversifying its tools for the propagation of child well-being and the Montessori approach in communities of different backgrounds and needs.
We foster authentic Montessori education and quality early childhood services by offering teacher education programs, support to early childhood programs, community and professional workshops, as well as family education.
We promote the rights of childhood as the core of society, and as the only passage to bringing about peace holistically.
The Montessori Egyptian Center was established in August 2015. However our history goes back to the last century, in 1981 when Marguerite Richardt arrived in Egypt, unheeding to the decades she would spend in Egypt inspiring countless parents and educators to help children develop to their best potential.
One the founders of Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI) and member of many Montessori organizations in the USA. Marguerite, with her wealth of experience, has delivered the teacher preparation program for Early Childhood Education (3-6 years), certified by MEPI.
In 2001, Marie Therese Bishay the founder of MEC, joined the teacher education training diploma. Her internship under the supervision of Marguerite in the International Montessori Pre-school, was the beginning of a shared journey with the children in the classroom and support to the teacher training program, preparing an environment of love, respect and acceptance to all; children, parents, educators, interns or visitors.
The journey lasted with relentless vigor for many years. With a wordless agreement, the two of them worked together to expand the Montessori society in Egypt. Together and individually, they accepted every invitation to speak and advocate for the Montessori philosophy, in Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut, Fayoum, 10th of Ramadan, Mansoura, and others, for all sectors of the Egyptian community from diverse backgrounds. They both set up Montessori classrooms in many parts of Egypt. Some of them continued and some did not. The ones that are continuing are still supported, not only by MEC, but also by MEPI.