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Emergency Pedagogy

Emergency pedagogic interventions of the Friends are addressed at psychologically traumatized children and adolescents in war zones and disaster areas. Emergency pedagogy helps stabilize affected individuals psychologically and socially. This is done by supporting them in their efforts to process the traumatizing events, and thereby integrate them into their own biography. Through the activation of the body‘s self healing powers, possible long-term post-traumatic stress disorders can be minimized or avoided altogether. Our emergency pedagogic interventions are based on conceptions of Waldorf education and closely related therapeutic instruments.


On the following pages you will find details on the origins of emergency pedagogy, an introduction to the term ‘trauma’, emergency pedagogic concepts, as well as a selection of our of methods. continue


The overarching aim of emergency pedagogy is the psycho-social stabilization of children and adolescents in disaster areas. On the following pages you will find an overview of our assignments. continue


Because the infra-structure has collapsed, working in disaster areas is cost-intensive. Your nonmaterial and financial support helps us to respond fast and effective when disaster strikes. continue


On the following pages we provide an overview of press releases on our emergency pedagogic interventions abroad, including our closing reports and press reviews. continue


  • +++ 14.12.2016 +++

    Closing Mission in the Philippines

    Sixth mission in the Philippines: Conclusion in Tacloban and transfer of the project into the hand of local pedagogues. And first visit in the region of Cotabato, which has been burdened for years by conflicts between government supporters and insurgents. Read more

  • +++ 11.10.2016 +++

    Emergency Pedagogy Crisis Intervention in Haiti

    After the devastating hurricane "Matthew" the Friends of Waldorf Education are planing an emergency pedagogy crisis intervention in Haiti for the end of October. During this mission, traumatised children and adolescents should be helped to process their experiences.

    You can find more information here.

  • +++ 21.10.2016 +++

    Kindergarten-Founding in Gaza

    Two years after the last mission, a team will once again travel to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 in order to support children and adolescents. For many years now, the conflicts in the Gaza-Strip have rarely calmed down; the residents are subject to on-going tensions and need help. continue

  • +++ 08.08.2016 +++

    "Summer schools" in Northern Iraq

    From August 26th till September 9th, an emergency pedagogy team from the Friends of Waldorf Education will travel again to the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq. They will work under the direction of the Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) together with three other aid organizations in the so-called “summer schools”. continue.

  • +++ 11.05.2016 +++

    Educador: Emergency Pedagogy Aid

    On April 16th, 2016 Ecuador was shaken by a devastating earthquake. Many aftershocks followed and left people continually frozen in fear. From May 2nd to 17th 2016 an emergency pedagogy intervention team from the Friends of Waldorf Education is on the ground in order to support traumatised people and train local pedagogues.

Friends of Waldorf Education

Emergency Pedagogy
Office Karlsruhe
Neisser Str. 10
76139 Karlsruhe
Tel +49 (0)721 354806-144
Fax +49 (0)721 354806-180

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