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 costs R1800 (with reductions available for students, AREA members and schools charging less than R2000 per student per month).

If you have any questions or concerns, 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