The Kirk Kristiansen family, owner of the LEGO entities, historic company and world leader for the famous LEGO bricks, visited on 5th April 2017 the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre along with the entire Board of Directors of the LEGO Foundation, including Chairman of the Board Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, and the CEO of the LEGO Foundation, John Goodwin. It was a long and intense day with many activities and meetings with Luca Vecchi, Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Carla Rinaldi, President of the Reggio Children Foundation Loris Malaguzzi Centre, the top positions of Reggio Children and of the Istituzione Infant Toddler Centres and Preschools, the atelieristas, the teachers and the children engaged in the activities in the ateliers of the International Centre.
This represented also an opportunity to state a strong sense of a community of values and intents, in particular between the LEGO Foundation and the Foundation Reggio Children, concerning topics like the advocacy and promotion of children’s rights, the value of good play and the inseparability of playing from learning. The visit moves in the direction of developing together important research projects and activities. One of the joint activities is to establish a LEGO Foundation / Foundation Reggio Children atelier.
The visit is just the latest in a long series of occasions and moments which contributed over the years to strengthen the friendship and the mutual appreciation between Reggio Emilia and LEGO. Going back to the fundamental steps of this long-lasting story: the LEGO Prize 2015 was awarded to Carla Rinaldi, the visits in 2014 in the International Centre and in the preschools and, once again, the LEGO Prize 1992 awarded to Loris Malaguzzi, and the long and complex project between 1998 and 2001 when LEGO collaborated with the preschools of Reggio Emilia, and in particular with the Villetta school, to create a kit composed of a programmable brick like a computer and of motors and light and contact sensors able to produce special effects.
On 5th April official moments alternate with more convivial ones in a day dedicated to visits and interactions in the ateliers of the International Centre: Living Organisms, Ray of Light, Bordercrossing, then the lunch in Pause – Atelier of Tastes, the visit to the school in the International Centre and then the exchange of greetings and reflections with the hope of exploring soon possible collaboration forms. An important day which faces the future with confidence because, quoting a child’s phrase, “Future is a beautiful day”.