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Singapore 2014

Singapore 2014

We were a delegation of 200 plus representing educators, parents and administrators from 15 different countries across the Asia Pacific, including Australia, all gathered together to share the experience of listening to Tiziana Filippini (well known pedagogue) and Loretta Bertani (Atelierista) from the Municipal infant and toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia.
REACH - Singapore 2014


Walking on Silk Threads

The conference was opened by Dr. Veronica Manson, representing the Italian Cultural Institute, Singapore, who ably welcomed Italian colleagues to Singapore.

Our colleagues from Reggio Emilia then shared generously of their rich experience through many encounters across the three day conference. We saw some of the inspiring project work undertaken by the teaching teams in Reggio and listened to stories.

Tiziana helped us to dig deeper into the process of pedagogical documentation (observation, interpretation and documentation) and supported us to be more purposeful in both the selection of research questions and the languages offered to children to help them represent their thinking. She supported us t better understand the values that guide this way of working.

Loretta supported us to understand the Atelier not simply as a space, but as a way of working with children. She invited us to be more sensitive to ‘beauty’ – to have a heightened awareness of the aesthetic dimension within materials, environments and interactions…. Aesthetics are (said Loretta) fundamental to the education of human beings…

The conference title Walking on silk threads represented the delicate balance between fragility and tenacity, or the strength of our work; the balance between theory and practice and the balance between care and indifference. Our colleagues reminded us to be care-ful in our work with children and families and to ensure that visions of high quality gave meaning to all that we do in our classrooms.

We were incredibly fortunate to have speakers of such calibre who across the three days fed both our hearts and our minds sending us back to our own contexts with renewed energy and courage.

– Heather Conroy
Director of REACH


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Other Upcoming Events

For the first time ever, the Reggio Emilia Mosaic of Marks Exhibition will be coming to Singapore in November 2024. Explore the captivating research on children’s mark-making and drawing woven with narrative from Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centres and preschools, presented in English and Mandarin. Alongside the exhibition, REACH will also offer a conference on the 22nd and 23rd of November.
The Mosaic of Marks exhibition atelier has travelled worldwide and is debuting in Singapore in November 2024! The uniqueness of this exhibition stems from the fact that it offers educators a rare glimpse into the work done in the pre-schools and infant toddlers centres of Reggio Emilia. It is an opportunity to connect theory and practice and bring these inspirations to your context.
Join the REACH study programmes in Singapore where you will learn from experienced educators in a learning environment inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.