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“The child has a hundred languages (and a hundred hundred hundred more) but they steal ninety-nine.” -Loris Malaguzzi, Developer of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Hi, this is the GenWise team– we bring out this newsletter to help parents and educators to complement the work of formal schools and associated systems. We can help our children thrive in these complex times only by exchanging ideas and insights and working together. 

We are also a founder-member of the Gifted India Network– if you are interested in issues related to gifted education and talent development, an easy way to keep updated about talks, programs and resources is to join the Gifted India Network telegram channel (https://t.me/GiftedIndia).

We had an exhilarating time with children last month (December 2022) in 2 gifted camps- one in Sharjah for the Sharjah Education Council, and another in Bengaluru which students from across India and UAE attended. Given the ways in which students opened up and expressed themselves in these camps, we thought it would be appropriate to share the full text of the poem ‘100 Languages’ in this week’s edition. This poem is the inspiration behind the Reggio Emilia approach to education.

Parents– Our Gifted Summer Program in May 2023 is also now open for registration- the details are available in the upcoming events section. We will also have another Gifted Summer Program in July 2023- this will open up for registration next month in February.

Principals/ Teachers– Check out the online certificate courses for teachers from the TISS Centre for Excellence in Teacher Education (in the Upcoming Events Section).

100 Languages

The child

is made of one hundred.

The child has

a hundred languages

a hundred hands

a hundred thoughts

a hundred ways of thinking

of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred

ways of listening

of marveling of loving

a hundred joys

for singing and understanding

a hundred worlds

to discover

a hundred worlds

to invent

a hundred worlds

to dream.

The child has

a hundred languages

(and a hundred hundred hundred more)

but they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

separate the head from the body.

They tell the child:

to think without hands

to do without head

to listen and not to speak

to understand without joy

to love and to marvel

only at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child:

to discover the world already there

and of the hundred

they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:

that work and play

reality and fantasy

science and imagination

sky and earth

reason and dream

are things

that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child

that the hundred is not there.

The child says:

No way. The hundred is there.

Loris Malaguzzi   (translated by Lella Gandini)

Upcoming Events


Gifted Summer Program (Gr. 6-10)- May 2023, MAHE Campus, Manipal

The program is exclusively for gifted students who are top performers on Ei-ASSET Talent Search (Ei- ATS). If you do not have an ATS score, but are interested in the program, please contact us with your ASSET scores. If you haven’t taken ASSET recently, you can take it here. More details of the program and registration links available here.


Rise Global Scholarships for 15-17 Year Olds

Applications are now open for Rise! Rise is a program that finds brilliant people, like you, who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. If you’re between the ages of 15 and 17, then #RiseTo the challenge and apply for the opportunity to receive a lifetime of benefits to build a better world. An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, Rise is the anchor program of a $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to find and support global talent. Apply now! Applications are open until January 25, 2023.


Online Certificate Courses for Teachers from TISS

These courses are standalone ones that can be taken together or individually. They are a part of the Reflective Teaching with ICT (RTICT) programme for in-service teachers from the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE),TISS, Mumbai. These courses aim to make use of thoughtful pedagogy focusing on the co-construction of knowledge and integrating ICT in education. They are practice-based and guide learners to reflect on their practice.

Who can join these courses?

Anyone interested who has


Completed graduation.


Access to 5-10 students (any age) to teach.


In the case of Mentoring, access to a community of practitioners.


Computer/laptop /mobile with internet access.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes. Once you have successfully completed the course you will get a digital certificate from TISS, just as one does on other MOOCs, that you can print and keep for your records.

How Do I Enroll?

Watch this video to know how to enrol and pay:



If you have more questions, email cete.stp@tiss.edu

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