A journey into the rights of children

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A discussion of the rights of children as seen by the children of the Diana Preschool in Reggio Emilia, illustrated with photographs and children’s work with text in Italian and English.

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A discussion of the rights of children as seen by the children of the Diana Preschool in Reggio Emilia, illustrated with photographs and children’s work with text in Italian and English.

“Everything in this document belongs to the thoughts, discussions and interpretations of the 5 and 6 year old children on themes that deal with their desires and expectations, and especially with their requests made to the adult world.”

The unheard voice of children series, Reggio Children

Who could claim, then, to have ever heard or read the true, direct voice of children? Only a very few adults could give an affirmative reply to this question, also because in all of world literature children have certainly been the most gagged and silenced subjects. It seems to be an authentic, though perhaps unconscious, conspiracy of silence. But children talk, and they have always talked, though their words are rarely listened to and leave no trace. The words of children may at times seem strangely similar to our own, but they recall faraway and unknown worlds and meanings to which we as adults too often remain deaf and insensitive. Giving a voice to childhood thus means recognizing children’s right to be the primary authors of their lives. Giving a voice to children is the courageous adventure of this editorial series that urges us to open our ears and listen to this “unheard voice”. Sergio Spaggiari

Notes from teachers about their process of gathering material and preparing the rights

Teacher’s research: To see if it was possible to listen to what the children said and form some idea of their self perception as human beings who have recognisable rights because these rights are considered to be just and shared and above all respectful of limits beyond which they would be unacceptable and arbitrary. A desire to learn more about the children’s maturity and inner logic.

Teacher’s impressions: their children’s sense of justice and equality, the social maturity of their judgement, a real feeling of responsibility and solidarity the beginnings of which we see germinating in the thoughts and concepts of today’s young children.” (pg.12)

Weight .200 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × .7 cm

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