Pakistan Montessori Association
Affiliated with Association.
Montessori Internationale (AMI), Holland. For information contact Pakistan Montessori Association 43-3-G/6, PECHS Telephone Nos. 4543952 4549103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.pakistanmontessoriassociation.org
- Established in 1949 by Dr. Maria Montessori and re-activated in 1964 by Mrs. Gool K Minwalla.
- Running a Montessori school.
- Publishing a quarterly newsletter, ‘The Montessorian’, for free distribution to its members.
- Printing books by Dr. Montessori, locally.
- Registering schools and making school visits.
- Publishing a quarterly newsletter, ‘The Montessorian’, for free distribution to its members
Members of the Managing Committee 2014-2016
Banoo Kisat,Nilufer Ahmed,Zohra Gaya Farida Fazal,Kishwar Allawalla,Masooma Alibhai,Narigs Shirazee,Shireen Gaya,Zubaida Asghar,Farah Sarfaraz,Asma,Naeem,Aasiya,Sagarwalla
Pakistan Montessori Association
The Pakistan Montessori AssociationThe Pakistan Montessori Association was established in 1949. Dr. Maria Montessori was invited by Mrs. Gool Minwalla to Karachi to inaugurate the first Pakistan Montessori Teacher’s Training Course. Mrs. Minwalla was fortunate to have studied and worked with Dr. Montessori, who held her in high esteem. She was the pioneer and guiding force behind the Montessori movement in Pakistan. It was her fervour and commitment which established the Montessori training course and revolutionized the early education for preschool children. It also provided countless women the ability to earn an independent living. PMA remained inactive in the new state until 1964 when Mrs. Gool Minwalla represented Pakistan at the Montessori World Congress in Amsterdam. The second Montessori training was held in 1966. After that began the major activity of training teachers, parents and adults who worked with children. Mrs. Minwalla had a group of dedicated helpers like Mrs. Gool B. Rustomjee, Mrs. Majida Sufi, Mrs. Gul Thanavalla, Mrs. Arifa Saifie, Mrs. Habiba Thobani and Mrs. Piroja Irani who were the mainstay of the PMA training and activities. Training courses were held every year and Montessori directresses multiplied and Montessori schools were opened. In 1985, the 20th International Montessori Congress was organized at Karachi by PMA. It was the first international congress to be held in South Asia. Dr. Montessori’s grandson, Mario Montessori, Renilde Montessori and Mr. Portillieje, President AMI, the Netherlands, attended the Congress. Over 300 delegates participated. Of these more than one third attended from 14 countries outside Pakistan. In 1990, the 23rd Montessori Teacher Training Course was held in Lahore. It was the first training course outside Karachi, and was inaugurated by Dr. Mario Montessori, Jr., the grandson of Dr. Maria Montessori. Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Begum Shaista Ikramullah and Begum Nasra Wazirali were among the distinguished persons who have served as the Chief Patrons of the Association. At present the Chief Patron is Professor Anita Ghulamali. The PMA regularly organizes workshops for its members on various Montessori topics. The pedagogical committee also visits Montessori schools and registers them with the Association if they are being run on Montessori grounds. Further, it runs a school, by the name of Montessori Children’s Villa, for 100 children. 2007 was the centenary year of the establishment of the first school by Dr. Maria Montessori in the suburbs of Rome, Italy. The PMA celebrated the year by unveiling a plaque at the Jamshed Memorial Hall where the first training course was held under Dr. Montessori, a Walk for Montessori children at the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam and holding an Art Exhibition of children of Montessori schools and finally, organizing a Seminar on Parental Guidance at the Aga Khan University Hospital Auditorium for parents, teachers and general public. The Association plans to adopt a school for the underprivileged in a slum area as soon as its finances permit it to realize this dream. In the meantime, the Association is already helping out by way of guidance in establishment of proper Montessori schools all over the city.
Gool Minwala: The Guiding Light of PMA 1913-2002Gool Minwalla was born on May 1, 1913. At the age of 17 she started working as a volunteer in the welfare field, coming into contact with the sick, the blind and juvenile delinquents. In October 1939, Dr. Maria Montessori conducted the first teacher training course at Abyar, Madras; Gool Minwalla was one of the students. In 1941, she started the first Montessori children’s Home in the subcontinent which was recognized by AMI. Later, with the co-operation of Jamshed Nusserwanji Mehta, She was instrumental in inviting Dr. Montessori to visit Karachi in 1946, and once again in 1949, since 1965, Gool Minwalla has been the guiding light behind the Montessori Teacher Training Course, under the auspices of Pakistan Montessori Association (PMA) of which she was a co-founder. Besides the Montessori movement, she had been involved in social work for more than sixty-five years. She was appointed the first chairperson of the National Council of Social Welfare by the Government of Pakistan. She was also nominated by the GOP as the correspondent on the UN Commission of the prevention of Crime and Treatment of offenders. She has been on the Board of Governors of countless social and welfare organizations, schools and NGOs including Karachi Development Authority (KDA), All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA), Mama Parsi Girls’ Secondary School and Ida Riau Poor Welfare Association. The Government of Pakistan had recognized her services to the nation by awarding her a sitar-e-lmtiaz. Her dedication to making education meaningful to life is echoed in the way she lived her own life simply and in service of others. Pakistan, and PMA, was indeed lucky to have her as a guiding force. At the 7th World Zoroastrian Congress held at Houston in December 2000 she was placed in the hall of fame created under the name of daughters of masshyani (first woman on earth). 20 ladies of the centenary were selected from all over the world and she was one of them.