In many countries of the world, investing in education is not considered a priority. Even if it is well-known that the first years of life are fundamental for the development of people, the investment to guarantee to children the right to quality infant toddler centres and preschools is very small. Still today, people working in schools with children, especially young children, are forced to self fund its own professional development. The vision of investing in education for very young children is a benefit for every community, yet a reality for few.
It is then important to create the possibility for educators, particularly when coming from disadvantaged contexts, to access to quality education.
Reggio Children Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation, as a research foundation that has the main goal to promote quality education starting from very young children, has decided to launch a fund raising project with the aim to give the possibility to people who would not have it normally, to learn about the pedagogical approach developed in Reggio Emilia over 50 years of continued study and research on learning and knowledge processes of children and adults.
Each 3.000 euro raised will constitute a grant to cover the attendance to a study group in Reggio Emilia, the board and lodging for one week and study material, a portion of travel costs, the organisation of activities and logistics.
The beneficiaries will be identified with their reference organisation (school, municipality or other formal organisation) on the base of their experience, their role and the benefits that their professional development will give to their community.
Being under 40 will be a plus.
The geographical areas of reference will be identified among the 5 continents. The three Foundation’s International Promoting Founders: NAREA North America Reggio Emilia Alliance, Reggio Emilia Institutet Sweden, and Red Solare Argentina, will refer to the other countries of Reggio Children International Network to identify the areas of origin of beneficiaries.
An international commission will meet once a year to evaluate the requests and award the grants.
UpdatesThe fund raising campaign was launched on April 2014 on the occasion of the International Study Group 2014 in Reggio Emilia. At the end of the week were raised around 1500 euro donated by 92 people from 20 different countries
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