SEGi licenses Montessori

SEG International Bhd (SEGi) is targeting annual revenue of at least RM1mil from its newly-launched licensing programme that enables preschools to utilise the time-tested Montessori method of teaching and learning. 

The company, which operates Prime and Systematic groups of colleges, said in a statement that it was offering licences to use the intellectual properties and systems of its wholly owned unit, Summit Early Care Education, which runs the St Nicholas Montessori Centres. 

Howard J, Malakar

These centres follow the curriculum taught at the SEGi-owned Summit International College (SIC), which, in partnership with the London-based Montessori Centre International, offers certificate courses in the Montessori model of early childhood education. The courses are approved by the Education Ministry. 

SEGi said that it expected to get 30 preschools under this licensing arrangement annually. 

SEGi senior manager of international affairs Howard J. Mlakar described the offer of the licences as a “door to potential local business partners” in the field of early childhood education.  

“Licensees will not only be able to use the St Nicholas Montessori Centre curriculum, but would also have access to the knowledge base of the Montessori tradition of early care education,” he said. 

Those who are interested in this venture but do not have a background in early childhood education or the Montessori method can get the necessary training with SIC. 

It said licensees would get a 30%-50% discount on course fees upon enrolment with the Early Childhood Education programmes at SIC. They will also enjoy a package of tuition discounts on selected programmes offered at other SEGi institutions in its Prime and Systematic groups. 

SEGi will provide the licensees with corporate consultancy and coaching support to help them improve their management expertise in this field. 

SEGi has 14 colleges and six training centres nationwide. 

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