Article 8 of the Bylaws of Reggio Children – Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation states that:
“Promoting Founders are those partners who join the Foundation, in the moment of its constitution, by contributing to the establishment of its initial assets portfolio and/or to its initial Management fund, and who will continue to do so for the following three years at least.
Given the importance of the know-how and expertise provided for the fulfilment of the Foundation’s business purpose, the Municipality of Reggio Emilia will be considered as rightful Promoting founder without having to make any contributions.”
Municipality of Reggio Emilia
The Municipality of Reggio Emilia established its network of educational services in 1963 with the opening of the first preschools, followed by the first infant-toddler centers in 1970. In 2003 the Municipality designated a tool for managing the early childhood services called the “Istituzione”, which has pedagogical and administrative responsibility, its own budget, and members appointed by the mayor. In 1994 the Municipality promoted the establishment of a mixed public-private company, Reggio Children, to respond to the growing international requests. Since 2006 the Municipality, in conjunction with the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia and Reggio Children, has promoted the Loris Malaguzzi International Center.
“At the start of the recession we chose to send a clear message to our city, which we would like to share and extend to all cities of the world. Our decision was to make education our community’s greatest priority.
This is a strategic choice, because it leads not only to the human development of a community but to its economic development. This investment in knowledge is part of a process of re-visiting the entire space of the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, located opposite what will be a second research centre, and other spaces for research and innovation, so that knowledge of different kinds in the sciences and humanities will have opportunities for ‘contaminating’ each other.
I once asked Carla (Rinaldi) if it was possible to create a school of quality under a large Baobab tree (I had recently returned from a trip to Africa) because that is precisely our aim – to create a beautiful, quality school under a giant Baobab.”
September 29, 2011
Graziano Delrio, Mayor of Reggio Emilia
NAREA North American Reggio Emilia Alliance
NAREA belongs to the Reggio Children International Network.
The mission of NAREA is to promote and defend the rights of children, families, and educators of all cultures through a collaboration of colleagues inspired by the philosophies and experiences of the 0-6 education project of Reggio Emilia. NAREA is a network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate the quality of life and the quality of schools and centers for young children.
“Earlier this week, in remarks to the assembled Reggio Children International Network, Carla Rinaldi said; “We desire to change our way of being citizens in relationship with the Other”.
This seemingly simple declaration captures the dream shared by so many. Although the present moment is tense, full of uncertainty and anxiety, and risk, if we do not dream the impossible – such as the dream of creating a global citizenship in positive relationship with one another, affirming the priority of education in processes of growth of the world – we risk our opportunity to contribute responsibly to these fragile moments we are living together. So, again, on behalf of NAREA, we take this opportunity to celebrate with all of you the beginning of a critical, new chapter in the evolution of our mutual goals, which are steeped in the conviction that education for all is a common good. We join you in courage, risk, hope, responsibility, participation – and gioia [joy].”
September 29, 2011
Margie Cooper, NAREA
REI Reggio Emilia Institutet
The Reggio Emilia Institutet belongs to the Reggio Children International Network. Sweden is one of the countries in the world that has had the largest number of exchanges with Reggio Emilia. After hosting the exhibit “The Hundred Languages of Children” at the Modern Museet in Stockholm in 1980, the Reggio Emilia Institutet was established in 1992 with the objective to stimulate discussion about pedagogical issues by furthering knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach and developing contacts with teachers all over the world.
“We need schools as tools for democracy as Carla Rinaldi always reminds us – as places where we can meet other people who are different from ourselves with curiosity, and by working and learning together create a sense of belonging. When mayor Graziano Delrio asked the Institute to be a part of the Foundation, for us it was a new important step on our journey. It was obvious and important for us to say, “Yes we can” – to quote Obama! When we had made our board decision we all felt honored, humbled and pleased. Honored because we feel we are a part of Reggio Emilia, Reggio Children and the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre. Humbled because we have become a part of an idea which is bigger and more important than each of us. Pleased because it gives us the opportunity to show the schools in Reggio Emilia, Reggio Children and the city of Reggio Emilia our gratitude and respect in a time of crisis; a way of repaying some of all the work, possibilities, inspiration and hope your work has given us all these years.”
September 29, 2011
Birgitta Kennedy, Reggio Emilia Institutet
Red Solare Argentina
Red Solare Argentina belongs to the Reggio Children International Network.
The Red Solare Argentina association was established as a reference for all of Latin America in promoting the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia, the culture of childhood and the rights of children. Constantly evolving and growing, Red Solare Argentina maintains an open dialogue and exchange with organizations, foundations, public and private schools, and individuals who are interested in improving the educational quality of their communities.
“Since 2007 we have been part of the Reggio Children International Network, which we would like to thank today for having opened up dialogue between all our different networks. This dialogue has allowed us to know more about international contexts and how each country has been inspired by Reggio Emilia’s proposals. We are convinced that the experience of Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centres and preschools is a quality experience, that transmits innovation, creativity, research and solidarity, and is an invitation for us to think that quality education is possible everywhere in the world.”
September 29, 2011
Ana Tomasini, Red Solare Argentina
Effe 2005 – Feltrinelli Group
The Feltrinelli Group shares the aims and charter of values of the Reggio Children-Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation, as well as a piece of common history: Giangiacono Feltrinelli is the Italian publisher of the books of Howard Gardner, professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, whose friendship and affinity with Reggio Emilia and its schools dates back to the 1980s. Over the last several years, the relations between Feltrinelli and Reggio Emilia have become even stronger thanks to collaboration between Reggio Children and the Feltrinelli Bookshops in a number of areas.
CIR Cooperativa Italiana di Ristorazione
CIR food – Cooperation Italiana di Ristorazione is one of the major companies operating in the restaurant and food service business in Italy and Europe. CIR is a worker cooperative comprising 4566 employee members and 2255 customer members. The mission of CIR is focused on quality and on the customer. The company’s main objectives are to highlight Italian cuisine, human resources, food and nutritional education, attention to the environment and product quality, supporting the values of solidarity and cultural exchange.
Coopselios is a non-profit social cooperative whose aim is to “pursue the general interest of the community in relation to human development and social integration of citizens through social, health care and educational services.” Coopselios operates as a provider in the welfare community, offering public and private institutions solutions to social, health care, welfare, and educational needs.
The Manodori Foundation is a private non-profit institution that works to improve the social context, responding to needs and working alongside other organizations for the common good. It offers assistance to other agencies and institutions and provides funds to encourage growth and innovation. The Foundation proposes its own projects and finances initiatives and activities of other non-profits, local institutions, parishes, hospitals, schools and universities, voluntary associations, social cooperatives, and cultural and religious institutions.