Open Forum in Kärra

Open meeting in Kärra about children in public spaces. Teachers, parents and other citizens participated in the Forum. There were about 60 participants. It was a exhibition, presentations and they could also answer three questions that we wanted to have…
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Guidelines on community engagement

The guidelines on Community Engagement is the intellectual output 07, with the purpose to: • Help make children visible and valued in their communities • Inform and promote the community engagement of young children • Enhance the partnership between preschools…
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Childhood places in Novellara

On Wednesday 11 October in the Novellara municipality in Italy there was be an afternoon of study and reflection about children and public spaces. The focus of the meeting was aimed at the awarerness of teachers and adults in general…
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International conference 16 June 2017 – Göteborg, Sweden

International Conference PROGRAMME > Download here the programme of the International Conference This conference is for those concerned with early childhood education and care and democratic engagement in civic society. In particular, it is especially relevant for preschool teachers, parents…
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Open Public Forum in Italy 8th November

International Forum between English, Swedish and Italian partners of the BRIC project, with presentations of experiences made in public spaces by children from infant toddler centers and preschools. The meeting is open to local politicians, parents, teachers and citizens.

The BRIC Project lasted for 3 years, from 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2017. The project involves preschool teachers, young children and parents in exploring democratic engagement in public and civic spaces. Participants in the project are from England, Italy and Sweden. The project is funded by the European Union (Erasmus + KA2) and led by Professor Tim Waller at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

The BRIC acronym is derived from the partners involved in the project: Barnpegagogiskt Forum (Sweden), ASBR – Azienda Servizi Bassa Reggiana (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK). The BRIC project evolved through a mutual desire to enable young children’s democratic engagement facilitated in a shared dialogue emanating from the Barnpedagogiskt Forum 30th Anniversary Conference in Sweden (March 2013).


BRIC aims to achieve the following objectives:

1) An exchange of ‘good practice’ between preschool teachers in three countries (Italy, Sweden and the UK);

2) Systematic education and training around democratic engagement in public spaces;

3) The development of open educational resources and targeted activities to engage early childhood professionals, parents, the local community and key stakeholders, including local politicians and representatives from business.

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