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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness aims to better prepare people in at-risk regions for a rapid emergency pedagogy crisis intervention and for the work with traumatised children and adolescents after natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, mud slides, floods, or droughts and in the case of armed conflicts, so that the effects can be dealt with.

The Friends of Waldorf Education have been training regional emergency teams for several years, with a focus on South America but also for example in India or Kenya. At lectures and workshops, emergency teams are trained in emergency and trauma pedagogical methods.

The goal is to be able to react quickly in case of a catastrophe, because the first window of time after a catastrophe, during which self-healing powers and resources can be especially sustainably strengthened and trauma related disorders lessened, is relatively short. Qualified personal is necessary here. With the help of regular trainings, the Friends of Waldorf Education want to create a worldwide network of emergency pedagogues, who are quickly ready to act on location.

The disaster preparedness work is supported by “Aktion Deutschland hilft”, the coalition of German aid organisations.

For the acute mission after the devastating earthquake in Ecuador in May 2016, a mission team could be put together consisting mostly of volunteers from South America for the first time.

Current dates of seminars and lectures can be found here.

In February Bernd Ruf took part in an emergency pedagogy confernce in Madrid. Around 110 participants from various professions attended. continue

In February Bernd Ruf took part in an emergency pedagogy confernce in Madrid. Around 110 participants from various professions attended. continue

In January a team from emergency pedagogy with Bernd Ruf was in Italy to run trainings. In three projects aid workers are supporting children, who had to be evacuated from the earthquake region, in processing their experiences. continue.

In Antwerp, a team from emergency pedagogy designed a day for techers from Belgian Waldorf schools with title "prevent and heal". After the terror attacks in 2016, an acute mission was carried out in Brussels, which now served as the foundation for this short conference. About 70-80 pedagogues took part. continue

In October and November, Bernd Ruf travelled with other colleagues from the emergency pedagogy department once again to South America to give seminars. This is a continuation of the Friends' professional development work in South America. continue.

Training Courses in India 2015

In cooperation with "Aktion Deutschland hilft“ and a local partner, the Friends of Waldorf Education could provide training courses with the theme emergency pedagogy. The courses took place from the 23rd to 26th of February in a local school. continue

The Friends of Waldorf Education continue their cooperation with LandsAid e.V. in 2013: In March, the organizations jointly trained regional emergency pedagogic teams in South America. continue


From December 10th to 12th the Friends organized a cooperation with their partnering organization „Corrente de Luz” and an emergency pedagogic seminar in Santana de Parnabia/Brazil. continue

How to react quickly in case of an emergency: From October 11th to 21st the Friends collaborated with LandsAid and trained emergency-response teams in Brazil and Argentina. continue

Catastrophe precaution: From July 5th to 13th the Friends and Habitats for Humanity trained emergency-response teams in trauma pedagogy and the construction of emergency accommodations. continue


  • +++ 13.03.2017 +++

    Aid in London

    The people in London are shocked and traumatised from the attacks of the past months and the high-rise fire, the building is now just a black memorial. In June two missions or seminars will take place on location in order to support affected persons. continue.

  • +++ 10.06.2017 +++

    Emergency Pedagogy Mission in Africa

    Drought and impending famine in East Africa

    For months now a drought has prevailed in northern Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. In cooperation with our Kenyan colleagues (from Kakuma) we set-up a Child Friendly Space. At the end of June a emergency pedagogy mission will take place. continue.

Friends of Waldorf Education

Emergency Pedagogy
Karlsruhe Office
Parzivalstraße 2b
76139 Karlsruhe
Tel +49 (0)721 20111-144
Fax + 49 (0)721 20111-180

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