During natural catastrophes and armed conflicts the external infrastructure collapses. Emergency aid measures, for example the delivery of clean drinking water, food, medicine, blankets, and tents, are important for the survival of the affected persons and are provided by numerous organisations in the area of humanitarian aid. The emergency pedagogy of the Friends of Waldorf Education provides in this context pedagogical first aid for traumatised children and adolescents. In the psycho-social sector, it offers a non confrontational, pedagogical approach, which supports and promotes the processing process.
During emergency pedagogy crisis interventions, professionals from pedagogical, therapeutic, and medical professions contribute their skills on a volunteer basis. The three focal points of emergency pedagogy:
1. The work with traumatised children and adolescent
The focus of emergency pedagogy crisis interventions is the psycho-social stabilisation of traumatised children and adolescents. At every mission a rhythmitised, structured daily routine is introduced. In structured play times, in free play, and in periods of creative-artistic design the self healing powers are set free and activated.
2. Multiplier Training (Capacity Building)
The cooperation with local professionals includes theoretical and practical elements. On the theoretical level local colleagues are introduced to traumatology and emergency pedagogy. The training units are supplemented with theoretical and practical methods for conveying knowledge.
3. Parent Advising
In order to establish sustainable emergency pedagogy interventions, it is important to include parents in the work and at the same time to support them in dealing with trauma related changes in their children’s behaviour.