Through research, we’ve found that the overall quality of education benefits from a child-centred, inquiry-based, Reggio-inspired approach to education, since these philosophies develop Foundational Literacies,[i] in response to the complex challenges that a changing environment presents.[ii]
We are therefore committed to being a school where the capabilities, creativity, curiosity, and intelligence of every child is recognized, encouraged and stretched, as they actively participate in their education and development; voicing, shaping, forming and creating their future.[iii]
As chair of Soul Action, I see quality education as nurturing, unlocking, and releasing children to be the agitators, innovators, and re-definers of the status quo; the heralds of a new kind of world who erect signs of justice and peace in the here and how. Among other things, I believe South Africa is crying out for greater equality and integration, and I believe it will be birthed in quality, affordable and diverse schools.[iv]Philip Bowyer, 2019.
[i] World Economic Forum, 2015. A New Vision for Education [online] Available from http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEFUSA_NewVisionforEducation_Report2015.pdf [Accessed October 2019]. To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity.
[ii] Edwards, C. 2012. The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation ABC-CLIO, p.7. Foundational Literacies include mathematics and languages – not just spoken or written languages, but a variety of mediums, such as ‘…drawing, painting, building clay and wire sculpture, shadow play, collage, dramatic play, music, and emerging writing, to name a few’
[iii] Cagliari P., 2012. One city, many children: Reggio Emilia, a history of the present, p.195.
[iv]Tennent, T.C., 2010. Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2010, p. 471. Bosch, D.J., 2011. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Orbis Books, p. 179.
[v] World Economic Forum, 2015.