Oprah has done something very Montessori! She spent about 40 million for a South African school for girls who are poor, some orphaned, and pretty much undervalued by their society. I can’t believe it, but some people think Oprah spent too much on “these girls”!
When Montessori started her Casa dei Bambini a 100 years ago in Rome, she gave her students beautiful wooden learning materials, good food and upscale living. I am sure people probably criticized her too. These students were the poorest of the poor. They were from a powerless part of society, and their basic needs were not being met. Montessori saw the needs of these children and wanted to give them something better, something wonderful. Oprah’s vision for Africa seems to be as vivid as Montessori’s for helping children.
It’s true, education alone is not enough, interaction with beauty is life changing.
Montessori knew something very profound, children absorb information and value from their environment! Oprah’s investiment in this beautiful school will do the same for these girls. Her generosity will produce fruit for many years to come. Montessori’s work is still producing wonderful schools, home schools, and life changing ways of helping children.
I know that Oprah’s legacy will go beyond her lifetime too.