"It is the child who contains the salvation of life, it is in him that the man of tomorrow is elaborated"
In 1976, Mrs. Odette Cutullic, then a United Nations official, was the initiator and President of the Crèche des Nations for officials of international organizations in Geneva. It was the first nursery applying Montessori pedagogy for children from 2 months to 6 years old and the largest (120 children). The Crèche was taken over by the City of Geneva in 1994. Mrs. Cutullic is a founding member of the Swiss Montessori Association, of which she was the President for eight years.
Over the years, faced with the growing demand from parents for Montessori education up to primary school, Mrs. Cutullic, with the support of Mrs. Denise Baechler and Mr. Pierre Marconi, considered the creation of a school for children from 3 to 9 years old. Two small villas were fitted out for this purpose, Rue de Lausanne in Geneva. The Foundation Ecole Montessori Nations was established in 1989. It is managed by a Foundation Board which is responsible for the long-term strategy and administration of the School. The day-to-day management of the School is carried out by an Administrator, appointed by the Foundation Board.
In 2007, following the obligation to leave the premises vacant, and the repeated requests from parents for education covering the entire elementary school curriculum, a possibility of expansion arose with nice spacious premises which previously housed another school. This move made it possible to offer education up to the age of 12 and 91 students were able to integrate this new space.