Rana Ferriel Torbay

What I do at Little Explorers

Vice-Principal Program Coordinator of Little Explorers Montessori Plus School, Accra, Ghana.

What Montessori means to me

Montessori is an enormous part of my life. I say this because since I found “Montessori”, I realised the way I think and go about my daily life is very different as compared with my past. I found my way into the Montessori Method while training on the job and then studied it (MCI Certificate and Diploma). I firmly believe that I have so much to learn from the children. Each day is such a learning process. I also think that when children are brought up the ‘Montessori way’, whether by their parents, caregivers or teachers, they can think for themselves, express themselves, take the initiative, and constantly develop their problem-solving skills. They are accepting of different cultures and respect each other’s views.

Thus, if I am to write a book in the future, it would be titled “If only I were brought up the Montessori way.”

What I love most about what I do

I love working with children and listening to what they have to say. I also greatly enjoy the preparation of activities based on new ideas and research. I also enjoy research on the nature of the formation of the brain and the links to child development.

Three words that describe me

Respectful, fair and nurturing.

Favourite Quote from Maria Montessori

“An adult must assist a child in such a way that he can act and carry out his own work in this world.”