About REAIE

The Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) is a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation and an invited representative of the Reggio Children International Network.

“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.”

Loris Malaguzzi

Our purpose

REAIE draws on the Reggio Emilia Educational Project as the ongoing catalyst for thinking, research and advocacy in Australian educational settings.

Our aim is to promote a greater understanding of both the complexity and importance of listening in creating relationships both within and between groups of children, educators, families and the community. This in turn will create greater meaning and understanding about education and life itself.

What we do

REAIE:

  • promotes the rights and potentials of children and facilitates national and international dialogue and debate about education
  • hosts a national biennial conference with speakers from Reggio Emilia and local presenters
  • provides professional learning opportunities, including private viewings of the Documentation Centre, and speakers on request
  • publishes The Challenge journal, distributing 3 editions per year to members
  • provides ongoing support for educators and families 
  • coordinates annual study tours to Reggio Emilia and New Zealand
  • manages local conferences, seminars and events
  • coordinates and hosts exhibitions
  • provides travel grants and scholarships to members (by application)
  • undertakes special research projects relating to the educational project of Reggio Emilia in the Australian context
  • coordinates national Twilight Centre Visits twice a year
  • maintains the Documentation Centre, located at the REAIE offices in Hawthorn (VIC)

Our community

REAIE members are dedicated and inspired practitioners,  ranging from educators in preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary organisations, to graphic and performance artists, policy makers and architects. Our membership is represented in all states of Australia and beyond, including New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. Our workshops, conferences and events have attracted over 10,000 participants in the last decade alone.

Our history

REAIE was established in 1994 to provide an opportunity for dialogue about education within Australia. The dialogue responds to the provocations from the educators in Reggio Emilia in relation to learning and teaching. REAIE was initially conceived and set up by Jan Millikan and became an incorporated body in June 2000. The organisation has grown to include many network groups throughout Australia. To learn more about the history of REAIE, watch Jan Millikan’s presentation at the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence in 2012.

REIE bike R-L

Reproduced with permission by Reggio Children.

The REAIE logo ‘the man on the bike’ was taken from a wire drawing attached to a coloured tissue paper background which was struck to a window in the Diana school. Mary Featherston photographed the wire drawing in 1992 during the first Australian Study tour to Reggio Emilia. She then made a tracing of the image for use as a logo for the first REAIE conference and exhibition held in Melbourne in 1994.