Conferences

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2022 AREA Conference on the Reggio Emilia approach with the participation of Reggio Children

Journey beyond classroom walls, beyond Covid-19, beyond expectations during a groundbreaking hybrid conference as we venture together in-person or online, with educators connecting directly from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

In-person and online conference delegates will simultaneously experience livestreamed presentations from Reggio Emilia on 29 & 30 June 2022. Each day will consist of a two-hour presentation in the morning and a two-hour presentation in the afternoon. Both in-person and online delegates will be able to interact directly with the speakers from Reggio Emilia during Q & A sessions. Any presentations in Italian will be translated into English.

All delegates will also be able to view an exciting, virtual exhibition of pre-recorded presentations of Reggio Emilia inspired practice in South Africa online during the week of the conference. These presentations will reveal shifts in practice in various settings as schools begin to travel “beyond” to embrace opportunities of a new era.

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In Person Option

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The livestreamed presentations by Reggio Emilia speakers will be projected onto a large screen. In between these presentations delegates can enjoy lunch together, connect with others, browse in the bookshop and experience indoor and outdoor ateliers. Each atelier will shine a different focus on the principle of “100 Languages” of learning, thought, enquiry, expression and communication, revealing
possibilities for education in the future.

Venue & times

Date: 29 & 30 June 2022
Times: 9h00 – 15h30
Venue: Reddam House Waterfall, 20 Country Estate Drive, Midrand

Fees

Early bird registration

R 1 800: Before 31 May
R 1 620: Current paid up members of AREA
R 900: Full time students
R 300: Teachers from schools with monthly fees less than R900

Regular registration

R 2 000: After 31 May
R 1 800: Current paid up members of AREA
R 1 000: Full time students
R 325: Teachers from schools with monthly fees less than R900

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Online Option

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The presentations from Reggio Emilia speakers will be livestreamed on the Zoom platform to be viewed from the comfort of your own home or classroom.

Venue & times

Date: 29 & 30 June 2022
Times: 9h00 – 11h30; 13h30 – 15h30
Venue: Zoom Platform

Fees

Early bird registration

R 1 200: Before 31 May
R 1 100: Current paid up members of AREA
R 600: Full time students
R 150: Teachers from schools with monthly fees less than R900

Regular registration

R 1 500: After 31 May
R 1 200: Current paid up members of AREA
R 750: Full time students
R 175: Teachers from schools with monthly fees less than R900

Click to enroll for online option

PLEASE NOTE

• Registration for the in-person option is limited and will close when the capacity of the venue has been reached or by 22 June 2022, whichever comes first.
• The safety of in-person delegates is our first priority. Delegates at Reddam House Waterfall will need to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of the conference.
• In-person delegates will be required to wear masks at all times except at lunch.
• Cancellation of registration will incur an administration fee.
• Confirmation of registration will only be made on receipt of payment.
• No refund will be made for non-attendance.
• Presentations are copyright protected. No photographs, filming or recording of presentations will be permitted.
• Online participants whose attendance during a presentation has been interrupted due to loadshedding, will be able to view a recording of the presentation on the Reggio Children website for a limited period after the conference.

Information on Speaker Profiles and Programme coming up soon. Watch the space!

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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
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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.
Please note that registration is now closed.

Download the programme

Reddam House Waterfall (20-21 June)

Nova Pioneer Ormonde (25-26 June)

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Tessa Browne on admin@reggio.co.za or 082 852 6424.

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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


Impact

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

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