Peace Work

The Peace Table Project

An Education for Peace. The bedrock of Montessori’s philosophy is the notion that we must find a way to live in a more conscious, connected, ultimately peaceful way. Her work, as a doctor and as a teacher, was informed by the experience of living through the horrors of two world wars. She believed that a more a conscious, capable human spirit could be fostered through education.

The journey in Montessori begins at the age of two and a half. What was once putting the work back on the shelf, ready for the next person becomes a formal structure for debating and diplomacy, volunteer work and collaboration, work in their community and abroad, and participation in Model UN in New York.

The Lyceum opened in September, 2019 with the Peace Table project. This was an exploration of the iconography we use to express wishes for peace. Here is a link to the Lyceum Gallery’s website to read all about it: https://thelyceumgallery.com/exhibition/the-peace-table-project/

Working against a “results based” larger context, we place great emphasis on how they care for themselves and their environment and call to them at every opportunity to actively participate. They are still, as they always have been, steered back toward each other to “solve it”. Sometimes this chafes a bit, occasional squabbles break out, but there are also moments of stepping back to support or listen before jumping in with an opinion. The result is a peaceful, collegial, engaged community. Come visit us and they’ll probably make you lunch!

International Context for Peace

A Story of Peace: Montessori Model United Nations in New York

February 2020 – This year, representing Rwanda, they presented position papers on an array of topics: maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa (midwifery), sustainable options to deforestation (sorghum board), the water crisis in Yemen (cloud seeding), and the protection of journalists in war zones (press shelter alliances). This is an opportunity to dig deep to research their country and topic, prepare a position paper and summarize it in a one minute speech. Once in New York, they work in committee groups to draft resolutions. Diplomacy and consensus-building are strongly emphasized. This year, two Lyceum students were nominated to present final resolutions in assembly…an incredible feat for such a small school!