The Little Explorers opened its doors in 2007, when 2 passionate Montessorians, Karine McVeigh and Kamilla Kirpalani, dared to dream to create the 1st true accredited Montessori school in West-Africa.
What started in the back yard of a house, with only 12 students, soon grew to become one of the best early years schools in Ghana. In 2009, Little Explorers gained its UK Accreditation from the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board, for which it acquired a Grade 1. In May 2017 it renewed its accreditation for the 3rd time.
Little Explorers is currently home to 185 pupils from 38 different countries, aging from 15 months to 7 years old!
Little Explorers Montessori Plus (LEMP) follows the highest standards of the pioneering learning approach known as the Montessori Method which prepares children for bold and confident futures. By tapping into how children learn best, LEMP helps them grow into proactive people, innovative thinkers, lifelong learners, compassionate leaders and responsible citizens.
In April 2003 at SAMA’s inaugural AGM, the association was constituted with the mandate to unite Montessori professionals across Africa by encouraging global best practice in Montessori methodology.
Montessori schools are individual, unique and separate entities. “MONTESSORI” is not trademarked, therefore the endeavor is to promote and protect the interests of its members, be they institutional or individual.
SAMA is the official liaison between its member body and government departments through its membership with NAISA (National Alliance for Independent school of South Africa); including ECD chambers of government as well as the Department Social Development (DSD) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE). This representation is paramount in keeping best practice and integrity in member Montessori schools.
Established in 2005, the Montessori Schools Association (MSA) is an all-encompassing professional association that supports Montessori schools and teachers throughout the UK and abroad. They provide information, advice, training and networking opportunities to their members while also raising the profile of Montessori education within government and with the public. The MSA currently has over 4000 members.
The essential purposes of the MSA are to foster communication and unity within the Montessori movement throughout the United Kingdom, and to provide support and guidance to members and their schools, irrespective of size, premises or financial position. The MSA seeks to achieve, through its professional support, higher standards and increased credibility in the Foundation Years and Primary Education and Child-minding community for the benefit of Montessorians and for the families and children in the settings.
Montessori Europe’s mission is to create a network of Montessori educators, schools and school leaders across Europe and abroad – which focuses on collaboration, exchange, mutual support, to create synergies and to increase motivation.
In the first years of the 21st century various initiatives to find an European Montessori Movement were started. These led to the official foundation of Montessori Europe in 2003. In 2002 the goals and task of Montessori Europe had already been established.
Montessori Europe was set up as an organization ‘to enable and encourage Montessori pedagogy at political, social and educational levels throughout Europe’.
As the founder of the school as well as the founder of the West African Montessori Association, it is fair to say Mrs. Kamilla Kirpalani lives and breathes Montessori.
It was not always so. Born in Malta in 1971 she came to Ghana in 1994, to join her husband and soon started a family. Having just had her 2nd child and, as most mothers of 2 small children, she felt completely overwhelmed by the task in front of her. She was then surprised when her husband came home with information about a Montessori Parenting Course. She took the course and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Teacher Kamilla, as known by the pupils, holds a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Studies, as well as A Diploma from the Montessori Centre International (UK).
Little Explorers takes great pride in the quality, experience and friendliness of our staff. Through our high qualification base, we are able to deliver a professional quality of care. We continuously train the team on the Montessori Pedagogy and school ethos to ensure that all continue to develop in their field of practise.
The Board of Directors was assembled in 2013. All members of the board are stake holders and deeply passionate about the progress of the school. Each one has an active role in its management, involved as Financial Director, Human Resources, Ethics Advisor, Public Relations and Head of Operations.
The Monmarché Family
Since Pierre (18 months old) began LEMP 2 months ago, he clears his plate from the table after dinner, says thank you without prompting, and meticulously chooses one activity at a time in his playroom at home while….
The Takyo Family
Our 3 daughters spent their early years with LEMP. Daily magic began as they walked into the school gates, welcomed by the warm greetings of the teachers. School facility was carefully designed and maintained. It was pleasure…
The Iddrissu Family
Dear Kamilla and all the special teachers and staff of Little Explorer, On behalf of Aydin, Tobias, Adam, my husband and I would like to thank you all so much for the many happy and special years that our boys have spent in your care…
The Tahar Family
Little Explorers School has nice facilities, a well-kept garden, and a joyful playground. Every morning the staff smiling at you, once you enter the gate. They let the little ones feel welcomed, loved and very special, noticing whether…