2018 conference: Reinvent your role as teacher

We’ll be hosting two Johannesburg conferences on the Reggio Emilia approach this year. Both will be on the same topic – reinventing the role of the teacher – with the same keynote speaker, Paola Strozzi from Reggio Children.

  • 20-21 June 2018
    Reddam House Waterfall, 20 Country Estate Drive, Waterfall, Midrand
  • 25-26 June 2018
    Nova Pioneer Ormonde, 49 Dorado Avenue, Ormonde, Johannesburg

More about the keynote speaker
Paola Strozzi has over 30 years’ teaching experience in Reggio Emilia ­– first at Arcobaleno municipal infant-toddler centre (from 1970-1980), then at Diana municipal preschool (1980-2003). At the Diana school she was in charge of teaching children with autism (1999-2003), and has gone on to attend and speak at multiple conferences and seminars on autism. From 2004-2006 she worked at the Centre of Documentation and Educational Research of the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia. Following completion of a research thesis on point-of-view coordination at preschool through Scienze della Formazione Primaria dell’Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (2007), she’s been working as a pedagogista of the pedagogical coordinating team of the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia.

  • Registration for each conference is R1800. For more information, contact Tessa Browne on or 082 852 6424.

Great Forest

2017 gathering: Curiosity, creativity, discovery

Over three days in June 2017, nearly 300 educators gathered in Waverley, Johannesburg with a sense of common purpose: to deepen their understanding of the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education; to connect with other Reggio-inspired thinkers, activists and educators; and to meditate on what more we can do – or do differently – to ensure a better future for children


The value of these annual gatherings is perhaps best articulated by those who attend:

It (the Reggio approach) is able to unlock a child’s mind rather than feeding them information that they are not interested in. I really felt as part of the conference as I was able to reflect back to my own environment and link it to the presentations.
– Pinkie Motlanyane, teacher at Lesedi la Kreste Anglican Primary School, Orange Farm

It was the first time I heard about the “100 languages of children”, as well as that teachers and children were researchers. I saw that nothing is impossible and that children are the same no matter what their culture or language is.
–  Angie Kgosietsile, principal of Tswelelopele Educare, Kagiso, Mogale City