We are planning emergency educational outreaches, initially at the border crossings, in order to support people arriving there and to coordinate further steps. In due course, there will also be outreach work in Ukraine itself. In Germany, in cooperation with Notfallpädagogik Ohne Grenzen e. V., we will offer workshops at schools and kindergartens that take in children from Ukraine.
At the end of March, an Emergency Pedagogy team from the Friends of Waldorf Education visited the Hámori Waldorf School in northern Hungary. The school community wanted to become active in the face of the situation of refugees in their town and help on several levels. The emergency pedagogical seminar inspired the school community to organise leisure activities for refugee families in Miscolc. Rita Kishonthy-Kardos, a mother at the school, reports for us on her impressions.
The Kiev Waldorf teacher Polina Viktorova decided to leave Ukraine with her child and went to Slovakia. On 27.03 she took part in an emergency pedagogical seminar of the Friends of Waldorf Education in Bratislava Here she reports on the experience of her own trauma and the effect of emergency pedagogy, which she could clearly perceive - despite the language barrier.
"A participant from a workshop in Krakow, who is a class teacher, told me that she had experienced in our seminar that rhythm is a very important thing in emergency and trauma pedagogy. She experienced that rhythm can bring people back to themselves and that rhythms given from outside can stabilise the rhythm of traumatised people again. What she initially learned in the workshop, rather theoretically, was confirmed immediately after she returned to her school in Warsaw: She immediately started to work more with rhythms with her class. At that time, a Ukrainian child accompanied by his mother also visited the class. The family had just fled Ukraine. After class, the Ukrainian mother came up to her and said that she had never really felt her body before, and lately she had completely lost this already low feeling for her body due to stress. On the day when rhythmic work was done in the class, she could really feel her body again for the first time."
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, sirens and power cuts have become part of everyday life even in western Ukraine, which is less affected by military attacks. During our intervention, we were able to directly experience this everyday life of war - with the chance to react directly to the insecurities that arise as a result.
Our Emergency Pedagogy team has spent the last two days in western Ukraine. Apparently, the security situation allows for an Emergency Pedagogy intervention, which is now being prepared.
Our emergency educators traveled to Krakow, Poland last Friday to support people working with refugees from Ukraine in a training for educators. Since today the team is in Medyka at the Polish-Ukrainian border and tries to provide support there or directly in Ukraine.
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