Congress History



The International Montessori Congress is a large-scale educational congress that takes place every four years. Not only is each Congress hosted in a different country, we also change continents, to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the inspiration these congresses bring.

The goal of the Congress is to raise worldwide awareness and understanding of Montessori education, as well as to provide a platform for Montessori professionals to connect with one another.

The Congress will demonstrate that Montessori is an educational approach guided by the natural laws of human development, which enables all human beings to become agents of positive social change, which in the long term can lead to a more harmonious and peaceful world.

International Montessori Congresses

1st1929DenmarkHelsingörPart of the Fifth International Conference of the New Education Fellowship
2nd1931FranceNicePart of the Sixth International Conference of the New Education Fellowship
3rd1933The NetherlandsAmsterdamThe Spiritual Re-birth of Man
4th1934ItalyRomeDeviation and Normalisation
5th1936UKOxfordThe Child’s Place in Society
6th1937DenmarkCopenhagenEducate for Peace
7th1938ScotlandEdinburghFour Levels of Education
8th1949ItalySan RemoMan’s Formation in World Reconstruction
9th1951UKLondonEducation as an Aid to the Natural Development of the Child from Birth to University
10th1953FranceParisHow to Help the Child Adapt to Our Times?
11th1957ItalyRomeMaria Montessori and the Contemporary Pedagogical Thought
12th1960GermanyBad GodesbergMathematics in the Life of the Child in a Changing World
13th1964The NetherlandsAmsterdamEducation for a Peaceful World Community
14th1970U.S.A.WashingtonCentennial Celebration of Maria Montessori’s Birth
15th1970CanadaTorontoCentennial Celebration of Maria Montessori’s Birth
16th1970FranceParisCentennial Celebration of Maria Montessori’s Birth
17th1972ItalyPalo AltoCosmic Education
18th1977GermanyMunich The Montessori Method and the Handicapped Child
19th1979The NetherlandsAmsterdamHelp the Child to Shape Man’s Future
20th1985PakistanKarachiThe Contribution of Montessori Education to the Future of Mankind
21st1991JapanNaraHuman Education Toward a New World
22nd1997SwedenUppsalaThe Child and Communication
23rd1999MexicoCancunMaria Montessori Explicit and Implicit in the 20th Century
24th2001FranceParisEducation as an Aid to Life
25th2005AustraliaSydneyChampion the Cause of All Children
26th2009IndiaChennaiSãdhanã: Reflective Practice, Spontaneous Living
27th2013U.S.A.PortlandMontessori: Guided by Nature
28th2017Czech RepublicPraguePathway to Peace: Montessori Education for Social Change