Reggio Emilia : Bringing the peoples together

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Crawford Italia : the latest outpost of Crawford Schools

For 20 years, these schools have worked ti- relessly to prepare young South Africans to thrive in a fast-changing world. They make no distinctions based on race or background and embrace a progressive model of posi- tive education. Its latest addition, Crawford Italia, also embraces these values. Located at the “Italian Club of Johannesburg”, this school emphasises Italian culture, from the national anthem sung by students to the Central Piazza decked out in local colors. The teaching style here is built on the core values of re ection, understanding and ap- plication, in keeping with the Reggio Emilia Approach, which puts the child at the center of the pedagogical process by offering a wide array of activities designed to foster their development.

For more informations :
www.crawfordschools.co.za

Reggio Emilia-Africa archives

In South Africa in 1960, a bloody police crackdown resulted in several dozen deaths and hundreds of casualties among peaceful demonstrators; the horri c incident came to be known as the Sharpeville Massacre. At the same time, in Reggio Emilia, the local popu- lation suffered a similar unjust incident. This created solidarity between the two peoples and a bond that persists to this day. In 1977, the city became the rst to sign a a pact of solidarity with Oliver Tambo’s movement. It later organized the Reggio-Africa Round Table to bring together institutions, associations and citizens engaged in assistance efforts with the countries of Southern Africa. The most eloquent proof of the city’s outreach efforts is the impressive volume of documents, letters, autographs, publications and photographs collected over the last 50 years. Such a collec- tion called for the creation of an archive center to preserve this precious heritage so that it can always be held up as a testament to an exemplary friendship between two peoples.
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“In a disparate world, children are
a unifying force capable of bringing us all together in support of a common ethic.” Graça Machel