(Correggio 1920 – Reggio Emilia 1994)
Loris Malaguzzi was the founder of Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy and together with the Comune and many local administrators he participated in the birth and building of Reggio Emilia’s network of municipal preschools (3-6) and infant-toddler centres (0-3).
Malaguzzi graduated in Pedagogy and began his career as a primary school teacher in 1946. In 1950 he qualified as an educational psychologist and founded Reggio Emilia’s municipal Psycho-Pedagogical Medical Centre where he worked for more than twenty years.
In 1963 he began working with city administration on opening the first municipal preschools. In 1967 this initial network of schools began to take in self-managed “Asili del Popolo”, the People’s Schools founded at the end of the war, and in 1971infant-toddler centres were also added. Malaguzzi directed this network of schools for several years with other close colleagues and defined their cultural project.
He was adviser to the Ministry of Education, director of the Zerosei and Bambini journals, and in Reggio Emilia in 1980 he founded the Nidi Infanzia National Group.
Malaguzzi also conceived the idea for the exhibitions The Eye if it Leaps over the Wall and The Hundred Languages of Children.
Loris Malaguzzi was the untiring promoter of an innovative philosophy of education which with its theory of the hundred languages gives value to the potentials, the resources, and many intelligences of all children.