Here 's a presentation about natural communications and relationships happening right under our feet.
Definitely something vital for us all to think about and re-value in how we work and live.
Thanks to Francesca Manfredi, atelierista at Loris Malaguzzi International Centre Preschool & Primary School, Reggio Emilia, for originally noticing and posting this.
We've added to our Reggio Preschools introduction page a video interview of Professor Carla Rinaldi recounting the first days of the emergence of Reggio's preschools, after the destruction of WWII: " democracy cannot be taught but has to be lived - learned through real processes of democracy, not just about voting … but about the practice of reciprocity and mutual respect … in the processes of participating in life."
In these days, across the world, these messages are surely extremely pertinent.
Reggio's exhibit 'The Wonder of Learning' is currently in Boston, and our colleague there has been telling us how inspirational it is being for parents, teachers and policymakers. "Young teachers especially," Angela Ferrario tells us are very excited - they are seeing for the first time a new vision for education, one which they'd not met before - the exhibit is acting like a light switch in to a whole new future of possibility for them."
We've known from our past experience how transformational this exhibit can be - here is an exellent video of Boston educators and policymakers reflecting on their thinking, their aspirations for education in Boston, and the vision of Reggio and the exhibit.
You can read more about Boston's hosting of the exhibit here.
The exhibit is a powerful catalyst - it's predecessor provoked powerful changes in the UK in the 2000s , and in Toronto, Canada in 2016, it was instrumental in inspiring and transforming Ontario's public policy.
You can read some more, from the Canadian experience here.
We are extremely keen to host the exhibit here in the UK - The injection of energy is again needed! it is a major piece of work and we are looking for a keen main sponsor to start things off - do you know potentially interested parties? Tell us, tell them!
Here is an introductory flyer to download:
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