The Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange

re search for a new culture of childhood

REAIE is the official Australian reference point for Reggio Children, Italy and a founding member of the Reggio Children International Network.

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

REAIE promotes the rights and potentials of children and facilitates national and international dialogue and debate about education.

There are over 3000 participants in REAIE from Australia and the Asia Pacific representing policy makers, graphic and performance artists, architects, educators and preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary organisations.

REAIE publishes the Challenge journal and provides support for educators and parents, study tours to Reggio Emilia, conferences, exhibitions and special research projects.

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.

The aim of the organisation 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.

Reproduced with permission by Reggio Children

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.