March 6,7,8 2018
Welcome to one of the most important educational theories in the world, Reggio Emilia.
  • For the first time, the Emirate of Sharjah will host the Reggio Education Conference, which will be held over a period of 3 days from the 6th to the 8th of March 2018.

    This conference aims to provide teachers in the UAE and the region with the opportunity to explore one of the most important educational theories in the world, the Reggio Emilia approach.

    Representatives from the Reggio Children's Centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will speak about their experience at a conference for early childhood and primary education. Participants will have the chance to talk about their experiences, interact with other professionals and learn about the latest international learning methods.

    The conference differs from other conferences with its distinctive approach providing a unique opportunity for teachers in the UAE and the region to hear from professionals in the field. The conference will focus on the teaching and methodology of Reggio Emilia schools by presenting projects and experiences from these schools.

    Whom the conference is for:

    • Teachers specialized in early childhood and primary education
    • Curriculum developers
    • Course designers
    • Trainers
    • Entrepreneurs in Education
  • Horouf, launched in 2013, is an imprint of Kalimat Group, which aims to finding modern and innovative educational tools children in Arabic and has several book publications and digital content. Prior to its official launch, Horouf’s team worked on several research projects with more than 30 schools in Sharjah to find optimal educational practices in publishing for developing children's capabilities.

    Horouf uses a varied and balanced methodology in its educational strategy, as well as pays special attention to the teacher.

    Horouf organized various workshops and training Programs for around 1,500 teachers in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

    Horouf manages the educational content of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Sultan Al Qasimi initiative for Teaching Arabic the Smart Way, where around 9000 students at Sharjah schools benefit from this content.
  • Reggio Children – International Center for the Defense and Promotion of the Rights and Potentials of All Children – was established in 1994 on the initiative of Loris Malaguzzi and the commitment of a group of local citizens, with the aim to manage the educational and cultural exchange initiatives that had been taking place for many years between the municipal early childhood institutions of Reggio Emilia and a large number of educators and researchers from around the world.

    The organization aims and purposes are inspired by the contents and values of the educational experience of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, and its mission is to carry out experimental research, to promote and disseminate high quality education worldwide.

    International recognition of this experience and collaborative initiatives with many countries have led to the creation of an important international network, currently comprising thirty-two countries.

    The system includes the newly established Reggio Children – Loris Malaguzzi Center International Foundation, which focuses on research, study, and development aimed at high quality education for all, along with Reggio Children srl and the Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, and of human beings, as possessing strong potentials for development and as a subject of rights who learns and grows in the relationships with others.
    This global educational project, which is carried forth in the Municipal Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and has inspired other schools all over the world, is based on a number of distinctive characteristics: the participation of families, the collegial work of all the personnel, the importance of the educational environment, the presence of the atelier and the figure of the atelierista, the in-school kitchen, and the pedagogical coordinating team.

    Focusing on the centrality of the hundred languages belonging to every human being, in the atelier spaces young children are offered daily opportunities to encounter many types of materials, many expressive languages, many points of view, working actively with hands, minds, and emotions, in a context that values the expressiveness and creativity of each child in the group.


  • Claudia is currently the President of Reggio Children s.r.l., and she works as a professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

    Claudia specialized in Psychology and has worked from 1995 to 2007 as a Pedagogista of the Istituzione Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres – Municipality of Reggio Emilia, of which she was President from 2009 to 2016.

    Claudia has coordinated, participated and collaborated in different research projects with Universities and Research Centres in Italy and abroad (among which Harvard University, New Hampshire University, Chicago University, University of Milano - Bicocca, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia).

    She worked with the Ministry of Education for the assessment and the reform of services for children from 2 to 3 years of age.

    Claudia also took part in for the reform of the National law for the educational services 0-6 years.
  • Marina worked as a teacher at Diana school with the teachers team, Loris Malaguzzi and Vea Vecchi from 1982-1999. She later moved to teach at the Documentation and Educational Research Centre of the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia - Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 2000 and she contributed to the success of several projects that are part of “The Hundred languages of Children” exhibition.

    Marina has been collaborating with Reggio Children during study groups to Reggio and other initiatives in the city and she has been participating in many conferences, seminars and educational projects in Italy and abroad.

    Marina is the co-author of "Shoe and meter" and "A journey into the rights of children" projects and books of Diana School, at Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia.
  • Marco is one o Reggio Children Atelierista working inside the Ateliers at the International Centre Loris Malaguzzi in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He holds a Degree in Visual Arts from the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Bologna.

    Marco collaborated with different preschools and developed personal artistic projects related to his field of Study. He participated in Conferences and contributed in publications on his personal artistic works.

    For Reggio Children he also follows the design, organization and development of Ateliers in Reggio Emilia, at National and International level.
  • Emanuela Vercalli has a background in Languages and a Conservatory Degree in Piano. She has been working at Reggio Children since 2000 within the International Exchanges office.

    She is Reggio Children Responsible for International Relations and Coordinator of the Reggio Children International Network.

    She has been coordinating the exhibition, “The Hundred Languages of Children” and its versions in five different languages since 2003 for Reggio Children.

    She currently also coordinates the new exhibit “The Wonder of Learning The Hundred Languages of Children” in North America and around the world.

    She is currently part of the Reggio Children/International Centre Loris Malaguzzi Managing Committee, Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Since the opening of the first preschool in Reggio Emilia in 1963, a fundamental part was added to the environment — the atelier.
The school contracted what it was called an atelierista, a teacher with a background in visual art, and the pedagogical approach-philosophy at Reggio Emilia embarked on a new course, whether in the inclusion of new expressive modes and media to communicate with the children, or in introducing various aesthetic and documentation strategies. Loris Malaguzzi insisted on the atelier and the appointment of the art teacher with the aim of introducing an additional formative factor in the school’s pedagogical approach.”

The Atelier thus becomes the place of research, invention, and empathy, expressed by means of “100 languages”, which extend beyond childhood to include adulthood up to advanced age.

The ateliers are constructed in partnership with other professionals of various competencies (architects, pedagogistas, physicists, engineers, biologists, dancers, musicians, physicians, and so on).
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    The Reggio Emilia Approach to education, its history and its social, cultural and educational context.

    The infant-toddler centers and the preschools are educational services that construct a culture of childhood and promote children’s right to care, education, and learning, all based on the value of social interaction.

    At the center of the educational project of the infant-toddler centers and preschools is the child in relationship, a child who is able to build his or her learning (relationships, abilities, competencies, knowledge) and who is endowed with creativity.

    The culture of the atelier
    The introduction of the atelier and the atelierista into the preschools and infant toddler centers of Reggio Emilia helped to overcome an old conception of school entrusted entirely to the word of the teacher, where working with one’s hands was viewed merely as entertainment and the acquisition of technical skills.
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Documentary (screening): The History of Reggio Emilia Approach to Education

    2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Atelier “Mosaic of marks, words, material”

    The aim of the atelier is to try, to gain a better understanding of the poetic interweaving between children’s drawing and words in order to restore to drawing, to the instruments and materials, to words and to the children, the cognitive and expressive richness they generate.
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    The hundred languages of children- the curriculum 3-11 years.

    As human beings, children possess a hundred languages, a hundred ways of thinking, of expressing themselves, of understanding, and of encountering others, with a way of thinking that creates connections between the various dimensions of experience rather than separating them.

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Atelier “Mosaic of marks, words, material”

  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    “Thinking by design” Observation, interpretation, documentation

    The educational action takes shape by means of “progettazione”, thinking by design, which is the process of planning and designing the teaching and learning activities, the environment, the opportunities for participation, and the professional development of the personnel, and not by means of applying predefined curricula.v

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Atelier “Mosaic of marks, words, material”

March 6,7,8 2018
Al Qasba Theatre

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