Today, at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre of Reggio Emilia, the MAECI and the Reggio Children Foundation ratified a Declaration of Intent in the presence of Raffaella Curioni – Councillor for Education, Knowledge and University. Such a Declaration aims to foster a partnership to promote the Italian language and culture and the right to education.
Marco Maria Cerbo – Embassy Councillor and Head of Office for Italian Training System in the World – signed the Declaration on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The Declaration of Intent is one of the initiatives fostered by the Italian Training System in the World to disseminate the Italian teaching model, promote the knowledge of the Italian language and culture, and strengthen the links between the educational communities based in Italy and abroad”, stated Councillor Cerbo. “A specific Working Table will be established to develop joint actions for promoting the Italian language and culture, in partnership with the Ministry and its external network”.
As for the Reggio Children Foundation, President Carla Rinaldi signed the Declaration of Intent: “We are honoured to start this path with MAECI, promoting the Italian language and culture and the right to education through a network of Italian and international excellencies of the cultural and educational industries: the Italian Training System in the World and the experience acquired in Reggio Emilia”, stated the President. “Thanks to the Charter of Quality Education, we can offer initiatives, contents and perspectives based on a shared idea of childhood, thus combining universal social, economic and political concepts with the unicity of each human being and their accomplishments in the educating community”.
The Reggio Children Foundation originated from an educational project drafted and disseminated across Pre-schools and nurseries of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. The Foundation works to spread the educational values and experiences acquired over the years at the international level to improve the life of learning communities worldwide and promote research and solidarity actions for the protection of the right of the child, including the right to quality education.
The educational experience of Reggio Emilia, better known as the Reggio Emilia Approach®, represents one of the leading Italian excellences in childhood education. The efficiency of this approach is also testified by the institutions of the Italian Training System in the World that already apply its principles: among them, the Maria Montessori School in Barcelona, the Turin Foundation Institute in Belo Horizonte, the Italian School in Madrid, the Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi of New York, the Scuola International School of San Francisco, the Eugenio Montale Italian School in São Paulo, the Italian School in Zurich.
The Italian Training System in the World is an international network of educational institutions that today counts 7 state schools, 45 state-authorised schools, 92 Italian school sections in foreign institutes, 130 lectureships in foreign universities and over 10,000 Italian language and culture courses.