Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ)
REANZ is a charitable trust that has been in existence since June 2009. There are eleven trustees of REANZ, each of whom bring a considerable breadth of expertise and experience: practitioners working in the early childhood and primary sector, tertiary educators and those in other roles related to ECE. REANZ is committed to providing opportunities for teachers to critically engage with the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia within the cultural content of Aotearoa. One of the main aims of REANZ is that the knots and complexities that can emerge from these encounters with Reggio pedagogy and practice will cause educators to look more closely at their own ideas about education.
Kia ora koutou
We are writing to you all to share the situation unravelling in relation to
Covid -19 and the unavoidable impact this situation is having on the work REANZ had planned over the coming months.
REANZ is aware of its professional and ethical obligations to you as we navigate our way through the obstacles and challenges facing us.
With this at the forefront of our thinking REANZ has decided to postpone the following events
Conference, Landscapes of Possibilities. July 2020
Melbourne Study Tour September 2020
Tiziana Pedagogical Follow-up sessions
Relationships are different in so many ways in this difficult situation but are also transforming in positive ways as we see examples of people helping each other in the community, engaging with families in need and the elderly. Thinking also about digital communications and online communities that are being created to overcome this crisis, maybe we will find new and unexpected ways of being, borne out of this that will be useful and meaningful beyond it.
This is truly a time of taking care of ourselves and each other. No more physical hugs, kisses, hongi and handshakes but maybe a time to find new possibilities of being in relation with each other. The values embedded in the Reggio Emilia Approach to education are values we have all been working to bring to the forefront of our practice, are the very ones that will get us through this crisis.
We will keep you updated through our website and emails.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
Nga mihi nui
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