The City Montessori School (CMS) Lucknow, India, was founded in 1959 by a young visionary couple, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi & Dr. (Mrs.) Bharti Gandhi. Dr. Jagdish Gandhi is a true Gandhian, and his wife Dr. Bharti Gandhi, a lecturer and child psychologist has dedicated her life towards the education of children.
Full of vigour and enthusiasm, the devoted pair launched their first campus on a borrowed capital of three hundred rupees, housed it in rented premises and began with only five students on roll. The young couple had to face a myriad of initial difficulties in making their vision a reality. Over the years, however, they have successfully overcome these difficulties with unflinching devotion to their original mission.
The husband and wife team was greatly inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. They wanted their students to inculcate values of universal brotherhood and human virtues of the highest order.
The stirring call of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave 'Jai Jagat' (Hail the World), became the school motto. The school has since proved true to its mission of Jai Jagat which is not only the CMS greeting and slogan, but also its guiding vision — to inspire the children and the youth to think in terms of welfare of all the people of the world.
In 1974, the Gandhi’s accepted the Baha'i Faith. Following the ideals of Bahai Faith, Mr. Gandhi gave up politics to work full time for serving the cause of education. The Baha'i emphasizes on emulation of the common features of all religions and values of 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam' were duly incorporated in the school curriculum and activities. Soon the school's commitment to great ideals attracted the discerning parents of the city, who chose to send their children to CMS.
The Gandhi’s were able to get a dedicated team of principals and teachers, some of whom were students and trainees in the first Teachers Training College that the Gandhi’s had established. Many of these early associates are still serving the institution in various capacities.
CMS philosophy is based on the concept of “Jai Jagat” i.e. ‘Hail the World’.
The vedic ideal of ‘Vasudhav Kutumbakam” i.e. ‘Mankind is but one family’ the sole purpose of CMS education is to establish the ‘Kingdom of God’ on earth by imparting holistic education to children.
CMS strives to ignite the fire of knowledge and wisdom in the hearts and minds of children so that they work together to usher in an era of peace and unity in the world.
We at CMS have always tried to share our spiritual vision with like-minded luminaries.