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Every year, millions of children experience traumatic events. Most of them have to cope with their experiences and memories on their own. Even after years have passed, such unresolved traumata can evoke symptoms that profoundly disturb the development of children and adolescents.

By providing stabilizing actions on the basis of Waldorf education, emergency pedagogy tries to aid traumatized children and adolescents in war zones and disaster areas, by providing ways to process the traumatizing experiences. At long sight, these emergency pedagogic interventions help prevent potential long-term post-traumatic stress disorders. Find out more about our work in emergency pedagogic interventions on the following pages.

How was the emergency pedagogic team founded? On the following pages we will answer this question and provide you with general information on the history of the Friends. continue

Copyright Johannes Portner

What is a ‘trauma’ and how does it impact a child or an adolescent? Find out more about the course of a trauma and its possible consequences. continue

Copyright Christiaan Liedorp

Would you like to have an insight into the basic structure of emergency pedagogy? On the following pages you will find our concept in various languages. continue

Emergency pedagogy uses various Waldorf educational instruments. On the following pages you will find more details on the instruments. continue


  • +++ 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.

  • +++ 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.

  • +++ 10.05.2016 +++

    8th Mission in Northern Iraq

    From April 22nd to May 6th, an emergency pedagogy team traveled to Kurdistan-Iraq for the 8th time. The focus of the mission was the work with children in the refugee camp and the further training of local pedagogues.

  • +++ 10.05.2016 +++

    Emergency Pedagogy Aid in Brussels

    On April 19th an emergency pedagogy team will travel to Brussels for a short mission. After the horrific attacks, teachers, parents, and interested person will be supported in processing their experiences with lectures and workshops.


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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