Foundation Certificates and International Diplomas
For Childcare Workers in Syria

Gulf Montessori started  in 2007 a charitable program to provide training for volunteers working with six charities in Syria, to obtain the Montessori Foundation Certificates and International Diplomas in Montessori Pedagogy from Montessori Centre International (MCI, UK). The program continued until the end of 2010, with 65 graduates completing their courses.
The Program is sponsored by personal donations and volunteer work by Gulf Montessori Principal and Trainers, with support from Montessori Centre International (MCI, UK) and Montessori St Nicholas charity (UK).

The donation was offered and administered by Hala Babili Roumani, Principal and Academic Advisor of Gulf Montessori, who personally contributed all the costs of training, including apparatus, travel and accommodation, in addition to course administration, lecturing and examinations. Montessori Centre International thankfully supported this contribution through waiving their fees for the Montessori Foundation Certificate Course.

Senior Montessori Trainers (MCI) Nudar Mustapha of Gulf Montessori Nursery in Kuwait, and Rania Serhan of Gulf Montessori Institute in Dubai, made valuable contributions through donating their time and efforts to travel to Damascus and conduct lectures, tutorials and examinations.

Faika Khayat El Azem, Head of the Drop of Milk Society, offered valuable assistance in organizing the training location at the Society's Headquarters in Damascus, and ensured smooth running of the course. The Course was licensed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and highly acclaimed in the media and the Syrian society.

The Drop of Milk Society, founded in 1922, is one of the oldest charities in Damascus, Syria. It has been renowned for its diligent services in providing milk, free treatment and medication for needy children, as well as financial aid for children who have to undergo surgeries. In 1997, the Society established an early intervention centre for children with special needs. The centre offers speech therapy to children with speech and hearing problems, as well as children with mental development and emotional disabilities, and provides counselling sessions with parents.