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