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Published on Feb 6, 2013
On 8 February 2013 the German State-authorities for Independent Foundations have formally approved the final alterations of the "Peter-Hesse-Stiftung", making this Foundation, created by German industrialist Peter Hesse on 7 December 1983 fit for providing a chance for future children in our ONE world in diversity -- mainly through the promotion of child-centered teacher-development. In several former steps the Peter-Hesse-Foundation, created on 7 December 1983 as an independent German legal structure -- originally to serve "needy people in developing countries -- preferably through help for self-help", had already altered its formal statutes to adjust it to secure its future existence beyond the founder's lifetime. The key words in an independent foundation, created according to German law are its "purpose": The purpose of the Foundation is to contribute to a just and peaceful learning ONE world in diversity -- with special emphasis on providing children a chance through child-centered early education to enable life-long learning. This finally fits our working-reality in a difficult political and social environment like in Haiti and it made it possible to formalize the integration of the two leading functions of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) into the formal structure, the statutes, of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany. A friendly and fruitful cooperation had already grown between AMI's leadership, its President André Roberfroid and its Executive Director Lynne Lawrence -- always in the spirit of AMI's "Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF)" -- which brings Maria Montessori's philosophy and didactics to more needy populations in our global village. The Haitian branch of the German foundation, the "Fondation-Peter-Hesse", formally accepted as a Haitian Non Governmental Organization (NGO) since 17 November 1988 ("Moniteur" of 12 October 1989), had already been successfully training Haitians to be Montessori preschool teachers (for children age 3 to 6) and helping to open Montessori schools all over Haiti since 1986. From the beginning this successful engagement in Haiti -- and since now several years also in Africa -- has been led by Montessori Directress Carol Guy-James from Trinidad, West Indies. Since April 2013, AMI's President and Executive Secretary are now part of the board of the Peter-Hesse-Stiftung (Peter-Hesse-Foundation) in Germany. They bring the board membership to its limit of 5 personalities -- the others being Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuss (as Vice Chairman), Dr. med. Sabine Uhlen and the founder, Peter Hesse, as the board's Chairman. As long as Peter Hesse is capable and alive, he retains the Foundation's leadership. The German structure has now joined various other foundations in the office of the "Schmitz-Stiftungen", Volmerswerter Strasse 86 in D-40221 Düsseldorf, Germany.