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the hundred languages of children
An Exhibit by the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia
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"This exhibit
opposes any prophetic pedagogy
which knows everything before it happens,
which teaches children
that every day is the same,
that there are no surprises,
and teaches adults
that all they have to do is repeat
that which they were not able to learn."

Loris Malaguzzi

 


Twenty years of touring, five editions of the European version and the duplication of the exhibit in 1987 for a North American version, many showings throughout Europe and across the ocean, hundreds of thousands of visitors of all nationalities: these figures have made "The Hundred Languages of Children" a fundamental point of reference for Italian and international pedagogical culture.
First conceived by Loris Malaguzzi and his closest associates, this exhibit is rooted in the forty years of experience of the educational institutions operated by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. The exhibit bears witness to the originality and the extraordinary nature of the years of research that have led the Reggio infant-toddler centers and preschools to become a primary point of reference for those who work in early childhood education worldwide.
The exhibit was extremely innovative right from its origins. It is presented as a "narrative of the possible", giving visibility to processes and life situations that cannot be linked to standard pedagogical models or preconstituted educational premises, theoretical certainties, or generalizable practice. Rather, the experience is based on incessant research and action that take place with a chorus of many voices, many hands, and many intelligences, the center of which is the image of a child who is competent in building knowledge and a constant seeker of meanings.
Always looking toward the future, and often anticipating it, the exhibit was extensively renovated and expanded in March 1995 in Reggio Emilia, including the introduction of interactive activities and multimedia presentations.

To speak to the world about children's infinite wealth of potential, their ability to wonder and investigate, their ability to co-construct their knowledge through active and original relational processes: this has always been the primary objective of the exhibit. The use of a variety of communicative media was motivated by the need to highlight as clearly as possible the image of the child and the evolution of the educational research that was and continues to be developed in the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia.


This exhibit tells the story of an educational adventure - a life adventure we could say - which for many years has interwoven the experiences, thoughts, discussions, theoretical research, ethical and social ideals of many generations of children, teachers, and parents. And also of friends, both in Italy and abroad. It is an unfinished story, made visible by the exhibit, that seeks wider spaces for reflection and the comparison of ideas.

The story develops along the line of a recurring and constantly contemplated interrelation between theory and practice based on the image of a child and an adult who work together, as much as possible in an ongoing process and in the reciprocal exchange of resources, tools for learning, knowledge-building, creativity, and individual action. All this takes place within a network of multiple and different components linked together by social and cultural interactions.
The story unfolds with representations of projects carried out on a variety of themes, all entrusted to the actions, play, investigations, conjectures, theories, cooperation, and knowledge-building processes of the children, as well as their linguistic, logical, and imaginative discoveries.

Children have a hundred languages, and they want to use them all.
They learn very soon how difficult it is for this right to be recognized and above all respected.
This is why children ask us to be their allies in resisting hostile pressures and defending spaces for creative freedom which, in the end, are also spaces of joy, trust, and solidarity.

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