CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL AWARDED THE 2002 UNESCO PRIZE FOR PEACE EDUCATIONParis - UNESCO Director-General Ko´chiro Matsuura will award the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education to Jagdish and Barthi Gandhi, founders of the City Montessori School (India) on Monday September 23 (5 p.m., Organization Headquarters).
The City Montessori School (CMS), founded in 1959 in Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is distinctive not only for its size -- with 25,000 pupils from kindergarten up to college, it figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest private school in the world - but for the quality of its teaching. Its students systematically score higher than the national average. But more than anything it stands out because of its philosophy based on the values of tolerance and peace.
Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi's inspiration for the school came from the principles of non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi (to whom they are unrelated). Respectively the Manager and Director of the school, they have built the establishment on four fundamental pillars: universal values, excellence, global understanding, and service to the community.
The aim of the founders is to help pupils face today's complex world by developing their independence, sense of responsibility, and openness to others. Another characteristic of the City Montessori School is the emphasis it places on educational research and innovation, and also on the role of parents and family.
Promises, the 2001 documentary film by three directors from the USA, Palestine and Israel, which won numerous awards and features the views of Jewish and Palestinian children, will be screened during the award giving ceremony.
Interviews and contact
Journalists will be able to meet Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi from 3.30 to 4.30 in Room V.
Journalists are requested to contact the Bureau of Public Information for accreditation:
Telephone: (+33) (0)1 45 68 17 14 and (+33) (0)1 45 68 17 48