World-Leading Educational Practices Draw 1100 Professionals To Melbourne

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today opened a conference on innovative and world-leading educational practices which has drawn hundreds of professionals from across Australia and around the world.

The Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange 8th Biennial Conference provides early childhood and school professionals the opportunity to learn from each other, and discuss learning and research in the Reggio Emilia educational approach.

Minister Merlino welcomed delegates to the conference that aims to help educators in developing children’s knowledge and the skills they will need in tomorrow’s world.

The 2015 conference theme is ‘Landscapes of Imagination’ and will explore the curiosity and imagination of children as they interact with the arts and sciences, identity and transformation.

Conference delegates were also invited to take part in educational visits to see early childhood education and care services, and primary schools ‘in action.’

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“It is an honour to welcome our interstate and international visitors to Melbourne to discuss world-leading practices in education.”

“I hope this conference inspires new ideas, new friends and professional connections.”

“Every child has the ability to learn and an equal right to a quality education, regardless of background or circumstance.”

“We want to take a very good education system and make it into a great one for all Victorian children and young people, which is why we’ve committed to making Victoria the Education State.”

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