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Missions

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.

Acute Missions

Acute missions take place soon after a catastrophe occurs. The focus of these missions is the pedagogical work with affected children and adolescents.

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Long-term Projects

In situations where children must live long term in difficult conditions, for example refugee camps, we try to build child protection centres. At these centres children have a daily contact point.

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International Network

In situations where children must live long term in difficult conditions, for example refugee camps, we try to build child protection centres. At these centres children have a daily contact point.

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Disaster Preparedness & Seminars

In order to be able to react quickly in case of a crisis, the Friends of Waldorf Education offers training and seminars worldwide in the area of emergency pedagogy.

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Videos

Videos der notfall- und traumapädagogischen Einsätze sowie Informatives zur Notfallpädagogik.

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