The Atelier of Play
THE STUDIO AS COMMUNITY & OCCURRENCE THROUGH INTERPLAY IN SITU
Our Living Charter:
the 'we' which comes alive through response (ability)
Responsibility towards our common ground in the construction of the future
... I understand participation in the city and childhood council to be an assumption of responsibility... which comes from the civic sense of belonging and contributing to a civilized community-collective-society. Domenico Giannantonio, parent of the Reggio Emilia infant-toddler preschools
School culture reflects the contextual surroundings both of land and of people.
I feel the urgency to define what a school is all about. A modern school has to be educational, I mean culturally hospitable, a school for everyone. I think a school has to be a place for cultural exchange, inter-ethnic exchange, for it to be considered educational. We have to be careful about theirs of cultural fragmentation which is the opposite of a sense of community. Marco, parent
Sharing & Enrichment
Sharing through a diffractive methodology enriches our understanding through personal change and growth.
The building up of an educational project for a child cannot take place without sharing a part of the process with families and probably not without other deeply consolidated processes for educators and pedagogistas which receive the continuous enrichment of new shades of meaning through the participation of parents. Patricia, parent
Continuity & History
Ethics are transmitted through long-term relationships between the lives of human and non-human others.
I think that if we have had the experience we have had, that we have created, then it's because down the years there had been continuity. What I mean is that the history that has been mapped out, I think, has probably been the support, a little bit, for what we have today. In any case I think it has helped and that it could also help to find a continuity precisely in (...) transmitting, that's not really the right world, (...) in transmitting the values, which are indicative, which are part of our schools. Ettore, parent
Transformation & Fluidity
The image of the atelier as an occurrence through interplay in situ.
I wonder if we are here to write the rules for how a service should operate or something more like the Constitutional Charter- Something for laying a foundation-containing ideas that will be transformed into reality. Natalia, parent
Knowing that Common Ground begins where we stand.
Every one of us can feel that something new is growing and that past experience (which we have personally lived through) is being called upon to reckon with things new, to act itself out and express itself through richer modes, more stimulating modes, with open exchanges and with wider solidarity. Loris Malaguzzi, pedagogista
An embodied consciousness from a life lived through praxis.
The city and childhood councils are both structures and non-structures. They are elected, but the way they are made-up means that they are not rigid. This non-structure gives them great strength: Basing ourselves on the exchange of ideas and on debate, we create a voluntary, participated democracy... Piero Nasuelli, parent/president of the Friends of Reggio Children Association
Participation is the ability to respond through becoming affected.
The aspect of participation is an educational strategy that characterizes our way of being school and doing school. The participation of children, of families and of teachers, not only "taking part" in something but being part of something-the essence, the substance of a common identity, a "we" which comes alive through participating. So that, in our experience, education and participation fuse together: the what (education) and the how (participation) become the form and substance of a single building process. Carla Rinaldi, pedagogista
Community is an implicit and explicit project that embodies the whole.
Community management is the organizational and cultural form which we use to embrace all those processes of participation, of democracy, of shared responsibility, of examining problems and choices which are part of every institution(...) this in itself is a project surrounding around the educational project (...) there is always an "implicit" participation by the family which has everything to gain from becoming explicit, public, co-participant up to the level of management. Loris Malaguzzi, pedagogista
* Blocked quotes from The Charter of the City and Childhood Councils
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