The Hundred Languages

The Hundred Languages

No way.
The hundred is there.
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)

A young boy at a light table looking at the mirror above him

A young boy swinging on a rope that is connected to a tree

A young child's hand working with clay







Three young girls with their feet in clay


A young girl looking at a leafA young boy tryin to catch rain on his tongue

Three young boys playing with water in the sink

A young child building vertically with wooden blocksA young child painting her face while looking in a mirror

A young boy in a kaladiscope