The Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance is very proud to have published its first booklet on the Reggio Emilia approach and how it can inspire the ways we teach and learn.
In its pages, we’ve unpacked the 12 principles* of the Reggio Emilia approach in a format that’s easy to read (and hopefully understand). We take a big-picture look at the overarching theory of each principle, give you a sense of how the principle works in practice, and end with suggestions for how you might take inspiration from this principle in your own school or teaching practice. We’ve also included images from South African schools and teachers who are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and working to put it into practice in their own context – just to show you what’s possible.
To make it easy to navigate, we’ve also given each principle its own unique colour and Ankara or shweshwe pattern. And true to the Reggio Emilia philosophy, we’ve tried to keep beauty top of mind in the booklet’s design – knowing how beauty can put us at ease, inspire us, and provoke new thinking or unexpected connections.
This booklet is less of a training manual and more of an invitation to take your teaching practice deeper, a provocation to relook (and maybe even rethink) the organisation of your own classroom or school.
Reimagine Education is available through AREA’s professional development initiatives – our workshops, conferences, study tours and school visits. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
* These 12 principles are defined in Indications, a document that outlines the identity and aims of the municipal preschools and infant-toddler centres of Reggio Emilia, the principles of the approach, and essential elements of the schools’ operation. It was developed through wide community involvement and participatory consultation, as part of ensuring its guiding criteria are transparent, shared, and put into practice. Published by Reggio Children,Indications is available for purchase through the Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance.
Navigation through the 12 principles of the approach, each designed with its own colour and Ankara or shweshwe pattern
Inside spread unpacking one of 12 principles in theory and practice, illustrated with creative work from local schools and teachers who are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, and exploring how it can be translated in their context
Commissioned by the board of the Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance
Editors: Tessa Browne and Des Hugo
Writer: Judith Browne
Designer: Kevin Shelley Davis
Published: October 2018