The Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance gives presentations and runs regular workshops on the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach – many of them in Johannesburg (see details for 2019 workshops below). If you’d like to arrange a presentation or workshop in your area (and have sufficient interest and demand from local educators and ECD activists), contact Tessa Browne directly on School visits to mentor and advise staff can also be arranged.

2020 workshops

In 2020 we will be hosting five interactive workshops over and above the introductory course, aimed at giving you time to explore, make, and make meaning of materials, languages and your local context.

25 January 2020: Mark making and early literacy from birth to six

14 March 2020: Children as citizens: what Reggio means beyond our school walls

30 May 2020: The versatility of clay: fostering creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and expressive ability

12 September 2020: Digital languages: crossing boundaries between imagination, reality and virtual reality

24 October 2020: Intelligence of materials: possibilities for supporting, enriching and provoking children’s learning

Each of these five workshops costs R500 (non-AREA members), R450 (AREA members) or R60 for those from schools charging R800 per month or less; and will take place at Nova Pioneer Ormonde from 9:00-12:00 on the respective Saturday.

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2020 introductory workshop series


Deepen your teaching practice and connect with educators who are interested in and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education. During this series of three full-day practical workshops, you will be introduced to core principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, and work with a group of peers to explore the possibilities for applying these principles and philosophy in your own classroom and context. While workshops are tailored toward teachers, parents and interested individuals are welcome.

Intro Course A
15 February, 4 April, 9 May 2020
Nova Pioneer Ormonde, 49 Dorado Ave, Ormonde

Intro Course B
22 February, 28 March, 16 May 2020
Nova Pioneer Boksburg, 63 Williams Road, Beyers Park

Intro Course C
1 August, 29 August, 3 October 2020
Nova Pioneer Ormonde, 49 Dorado Ave, Ormonde

Each intensive workshop is accredited for 15 SACE continuing professional development (CPD) points.

What does it cost?

The full course costs R3300 for non-AREA members, R3000 for AREA members, and R480 for schools charging fees under R800 per month. Individual modules (single day) costs R1300 for non-AREA members, R1170 for AREA members, and R180 for schools charging fees under R800 per month. Lunch is included in the workshop costs

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812DB937-ED16-452A-9B80-25D297121451-COLLAGEWhat will be covered in each session?

Topics covered during each session (through the sharing of documentation by teachers working with the approach in their context, as well as more hands-on explorations and experiences) will be as follows:

Module #1

  • Image of the child
  • 100 languages of children
  • Listening
  • Participation and relationships

Module #2

  • Individual and group learning
  • Educational research
  • Educational documentation
  • Introduction to progettazione

Module #3

  • Progettazione continued
  • Organisation
  • Environment, spaces and relations
  • Professional development
  • Assessment

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Wait, what does all that mean?

The image of the child
A look at past and present views of children. Question your own beliefs about children and childhood, and how that is reflected in your home or classroom.

The 100 languages of children
The 100 languages refers to the many different ways in which children express their thoughts and discoveries. Experience and experiment with the role of creative media in extending and enriching children’s thinking and investigation.

Real learning requires real listening – to the children, to ourselves, to each other, and to the world around us. How can we deepen our capacity for listening, and make this quality of listening palpable and visible?

Participation and the pedagogy of relationships
What is the role of parents, children and teachers in the learning project? What happens when we really listen to children, and respect and value their ideas?

Individual and group learning
Children are meaning makers – they develop their own concepts of the world around them right from birth, and their learning is influenced and shaped in relationship with others and their environment.

Educational research
A closer look at children’s natural curiosity and discovery as they play and make meaning of the world around them. An opportunity to contemplate the idea of children and teachers researching together to enrich learning, and of schools being laboratories of research.

Educational documentation
In the Reggio Emilia approach, documentation of children’s learning through the use of sketches, photographs, videos, recordings, posters and books is considered vital in education. Consider the significant value and potential outcomes of making children’s learning visible.

Learn how to design experiences for children based on your collective context, documentation, and the children’s interests.

Our work conditions have a big impact on the kind of learning experiences we offer. How can relationships become the central organising strategy of any school?

Environment, spaces and relations
The critical role of the environment (both natural and manufactured) in stimulating and enriching children’s discoveries and thought processes, in developing and supporting relationships, in fostering empathy with others and the natural environment.

Professional development
A reflection on the rights of teachers to ongoing professional development – and how this can be achieved in part by cultivating a reflective practice as a teacher and working in collaboration with colleagues.

Evaluating ourselves, our teaching profession, and our schools is an ongoing process of observation, reflection, and conversation.

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