Promoting Italian excellence and innovation abroad in schools, businesses, and in scientific research was the central theme of the visit paid to Reggio Emilia today by Vincenzo de Luca, Director-General for the Promotion of the Italian Economic System. The mayor, Luca Vecchi, and the directors of the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in particular highlighted the educational approach known as “Reggio Children”, developed by the local community, in the aftermath of the war, with the support of Loris Malaguzzi. This widely used teaching method abroad, adopted in nursery and primary schools both foreign and Italian, is being included in the newly established Italian school in Beijing. From the very early stages of learning, this method encourages experimentation, play, and interaction with others and the surrounding environment. The meetings identified the potential synergies, particularly in view of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ activities in this field. Working with the Ministry of University and Research, the objective is to promote this learning method in the Italian departments of foreign schools, as occurred recently with the signing of specific Memorandums of Understanding with foreign countries.
The visit also took in the Innovation Park and the Tecno-polo di Reggio Emilia, which includes four research laboratories, reflecting the commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to internationalisation in all areas of the country and to promote Italian science and innovation abroad.