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The Italian Job

The Italian Job
The Capital will be introduced to Italian way of learning soon. As we all often question that, is the bookish knowledge enough for our development? A lot of us might have grown up in an environment where teaching was more about the written word. However, the children today have a lot more in store when it comes to education.

Salwan Public School along with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts will hold a month long travelling exhibition to instigate a new beginning in preschool and primary education system, for the much-needed change, it requires.

The exhibition titled The Wonder of Learning – the hundred languages of Children is based on Reggio Emillia’s approach of learning which was born after World War II, introduced by Loris Malaguzzi in Italy. The teaching philosophy is aimed to necessitate a new and quick way of making children learn from their own experiences and observations rather than forced and rigid techniques.

The exhibition will comprise of a series of pictures and photographs that illustrate the Italian experience of a different educational concept that makes the early educational years of children more intriguing and exploratory than that age old book driven knowledge providing system.

'This exhibition draws attention to the importance of education and schools as places for discussion and mutual exchange. The aim is to reconfirm the values at the heart of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and to recount the changes, innovations and developments that have taken place. The exhibition speaks to all those involved in schooling, and to all members of the general public who believe that safeguarding educational processes and their evolution is of fundamental importance for society,' said  Kiran Mehta, principal, Salwan Public School.

Loris Malaguzzi believed that creativity or rather the wonder of learning serves a strong point in our work and our children should be granted with space wherein they are allowed to be themselves, explore, see, feel and grasp on their own. The exhibition is split into six different branches and each of these involves a great sense of newness in its approach. The impact of a space, sound or environmental artwork on learning, inspiring the child’s own creativity, the significance of alphabetical codes and cognitive skills, the role of light in forming perceptions at an early stage are some of the segments that are paid attention to.

When: 23 November onwards
Where: IGNCA
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