Montessori in Thailand

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Montessori education was introduced to Thailand in the early 1990s[1][2][3]

A pilot project to integrate the Montessori approach into the Thai public education system began in 2004.[4] Subsequently, the first AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) 3 to 6 Diploma Course was offered in Thailand in 2006.[5]

Montessori Schools in Thailand[edit]

History of Montessori Education in Thailand[edit]

The history of Montessori education in Thailand begins with the establishment of The Children's Center International (MCCI) in Pattaya Naklua in 1990, initiated by Dr. Wiravan Mootripakdee, also known as Miss Wee. After studying the Montessori approach in the United States, Miss Wee returned to Thailand and opened MCCI, which initially catered to 70 young students between the ages of 2 and 5.[6]

The first Montessori school in Bangkok, the International Montessori Center (IMC), was founded in 1991 by Mrs. Mariam Mahmood.[7]

The Rawai Progressive International Montessori School (RPIS) was established in Phuket in 1996 by Willem van Benthum.[8] The school, under the leadership of the AMI-approved German Montessori Teacher Andreas Becker, expanded from 80 to over 120 students Thai, bilingual, and international students aged 3 to 15 by December 2004 in only 8 months since he had joined the school as Educational Director in May of the same year.

Piti Suksa School, founded in Chiang Mai in 1998, was another important addition to the growing Montessori presence in Thailand.[9][10] It was established by proactive parents inspired by the Montessori Method, introduced to them by Willem van Benthum.

The influence of Maria Montessori's principles extends even further back, evidenced by the visit of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the École nouvelle de la Suisse romande (ENSR) during World War II.[11] ENSR, a member of the New Education movement, offers a kindergarten embracing the Montessori Method.

Types of Schools in Thailand[edit]

The difference between traditional Thai private schools and international schools mainly lies in the curriculum and language of instruction. Traditional Thai private schools follow the Thai national curriculum and teach in Thai, with English as a second language. International schools, on the other hand, usually follow a foreign curriculum (like the IB or British National Curriculum) and English is the primary language of instruction.

International schools often cater to expatriate families living in Thailand, as well as Thai families who want their children to receive a more globalized education. These schools often have more diverse student populations and offer a wider range of extracurricular activities and facilities. Fees for international schools are typically higher than traditional Thai private schools.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robson, David; Franco, Alessia (31 January 2023). "Montessori: The world's most influential school?". BBC.[failed verification]
  2. ^ "Montessori in Public Schools." MontessoriPublic.
  3. ^ "The Australian Montessori National Curriculum." Montessori Australia.
  4. ^ "The Historical Review of AMI Montessori Education in Thailand." Introduction of the Montessori approach into the government education system in Thailand. Educators sans Frontiers.
  5. ^ "AMI Montessori Diploma Course." Montessori Association of Thailand.
  6. ^ "Montessori Children's Center International". MCCI Pattaya Thailand
  7. ^ "School Founder and Message from Director." International Montessori Center, Mrs. Mariam Mahmood.
  8. ^ "Rawai Progressive International Montessori School."
  9. ^ "We had a Dream" A short history of the Chiang Rai Piti Suksa Montessori School. By Peter Kilmarx, School Board President, and Melanie Kilmarx, Secretary
  10. ^ "เรามีความฝัน" ประวัติโดยย่อของโรงเรียนเชียงรายมอนเตสซอรี่ โดย Peter Kilmarx ประธานคณะกรรมการโรงเรียน และ Melanie Kilmarx เลขานุการ
  11. ^ "École nouvelle de la Suisse romande".

Additional Reference[edit]

  • Transformation in Education: Successes We Can Learn from Montessori, Serene Jiratanan • TEDxPunnawithi, "When education is transformed, humanity will transform,” Serene Jiratanan. Education must enable us to find our purpose. Ideally, we get educated to transform us from the ordinary, unaware state of being, to a transformed and enlightened state of being. ...". Serene Jiratanan is the founder and Principal of Montessori Academy Bangkok International School, the leading trilingual Montessori school in Bangkok
  • The Role of Education in the Eastern Economic Corridor by Chantapong, S. (2023). This paper explores the potential role of education in the EEC's development. The author argues that the EEC's success could depend on the ability of Thailand's education system to produce highly skilled workers.

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