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Webinar 1- Luachanna agus teoiricí – Values and theories

October 13, 2023

The Reggio Emilia Approach is not a method to follow, it is an experience to share. It is about encouraging questioning and questioning together. The Reggio Emilia Approach is evidence of the value of constant and continuous investment in early childhood and the importance of investing in educators’ professional learning. Within Reggio Emilia, you see so many people who have dedicated their lives to the right of children to education and the right to quality education and care.  

Webinar 1 explored the values and theories that sustain the educational experience in the infant and toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia. At the centre of the infant-toddler and preschool centres is the child relation with, able to construct their own learning (relations, abilities, knowledge, and competencies), bearer of creativity.

Education is a right

Education is the right of all, of all children, and as such is a responsibility of the community.

Early childhood education and care promote the rights and potential of children.

Rights of Children – Cearta leanaí

Rights of Educators – Cearta oideachasóirí

Rights of Families – Cearta na dteaghlach

Let’s Léigh (read) ‘A charter of rights’ written in 1993 by Loris Malaguzzi:

“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture”

Loris Malaguzzi

Play Video: a journey into rights


Reflective Questions:

  • What strategies can we explore to involve educators, families, and the wider community in supporting and upholding the rights of children?
  • What ways can we foster a culture of listening to children’s voices, thoughts, and ideas, respecting their right to be active participants in their own learning journey?

Íomhá an Linbh – Image of the Child

Loris Malaguzzi’s image of the child, as a competent, creative, and curious learner, aligns seamlessly with Ken Robinson’s advocacy for divergent thinking, emphasising the critical importance of creativity and critical thinking in education.

Watch this short video and explore divergent thinking, think of your image of the child as you watch: