May 27th, 2017, 10:00 am., the 2017 Closing Ceremony of Training Program at IMTI was held in NIME, Beijing.
CEO of Wisdom International Education Group (WIEG) Ms. Jin Su, Deputy Dean of NIME Ms. Yuehua Zhang, Deputy Dean NIME Ms. Yantao Shi, Academic Director of IMTI Ms. Kiran Paek, Academic Coordinator of IMTI Ms. Suly Li, Prof. Shuying Li from Beijing Normal University(BNU), Director of National Institute of Vocational Education (NIVE) at BNU Mr. Yongfei Su, Principal of JDM Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Chaoyang Campus, Ms. Angela Chen, Principal of JDM Shunyi Campus Ms. Vivian Wang, Principal of the Family Learning House Kindergarten Ms Fan Yang, Lead Teacher at MSB Ms. Kaiyun Yang, students of this program, and their family members and friends attended the ceremony.
CEO of WIEG Ms. Jin Su delivered the opening speech for the ceremony. Ms. Su gave a detailed introduction about WIEG and its branches and pointed out the importance of the accredited training program of pre-school education teachers at IMTI. She said, as a mother of two, she understood how many efforts, hours, difficulties, and dedication were required for trainees to complete this program. She also invited all trainees to come to work at IMTI where a rapid growth was undergoing and a great number of quality teachers were in need. Ms. Su concluded her speech by a keen wish to all trainees that “you are just embarking a path of Montessori education where each of you is part in shaping the future of education and of future generations. I hope you would care for children and dedicate yourself to Montessori education. I wish a greater success in your future career!”
Then special guest Prof. Shuying Li gave a speech for the ceremony. Prof. Li is one among the first who initiated the research on integrating Montessori education with Chinese culture and situation, a professor of education at BNU, and the honorary advisor of WIEG. She acknowledged trainees’ hard working, dedication, and passion for the development of Montessori education. Proud as Prof. Li was of trainee’s efforts, she also pointed that Montessori education was far beyond quality teaching tools and materials, but more about putting Montessori education into practice. Prof. Li hoped that, all trainees could keep on their passion for Montessori education, regardless of the current adverse situation. We should keep grateful and learning to make Montessori education integrate and develop better in China, she said, and the responsibility of educating the future generations was on us who were bound to practice Montessori education for better preparing children in China for a more globalized world.
Academic Director at IMTI Ms Kiran Paek shared with all graduates with her experience of how excited she was when being granted the AMS certificate and what Montessori education meant to her. Ms Paek expressed her sincere congratulations to trainees who finally got the AMS affiliated certificate after great efforts for two, three, even four years. She believed that all the work, challenges, progress, and hardships would help a lot with the growth of each individual. I appreciated the chance of being here with all of you to take the first step towards a life-long journey of caring and supporting children, said Ms. Paek on her speech, and together we would work for a better tomorrow for children.
Ms. Li Liu (Principal of Weiming Kids) presented her speech on behalf of all graduates. She said “I joined the training program of IMTI at 2011. In the following years, I have worked hard on assignments and practicum requirements through busy schedule of my regular job. In the year of 2017, I finally completed all requirements and graduated from this program. I would like to extend my gratitude for all teachers, classmates, directors at IMTI, colleagues at my kindergarten, my family, and all people who have supported me along the way. From my “relationship” with Montessori education, I understand what love is, what respect is, how to observe children, and how to build an independent personality into myself. In the future, I will stay committed to the principles of a Montessorian and to working as a quality Montessori practitioner! In the end, I wish more successes for IMTI!”
After the speech, Deputy Dean Ms. Zhang and Ms. Kiran granted certificates to each of the graduates. Then Ms. Suly sent blessings and flowers to trainees who took photos with their trainers, friends, and family members afterwards. All graduates sent their own words and feelings, and solemnly took the oath with guidance from Ms. Kiran and Suly. Many of the graduates were so moved by the great solemnity that they shed tears at the ceremony.
The last part of the ceremony was group photo taking of all directors, guests, teachers, and trainees. The graduates shared the graduation cake, exchanged gifts, and chatted happily over sweets and drinks.