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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.

Colombia and Oakland July 2018

From July 7-20, 2018 an emergency pedagogic team worked in Colombia and Oakland/USA. They supported the work of local specialists and the local people. Read more here.

Mexico 2017

During the mission in November 2017, a successful cooperation between Emergency Pedagogy and the Mexican Ministry of Education could be started. 

Colombia & Oakland October 2017

In autumn, seminars and further training courses on emergency pedagogy were again held in Colombia and Oakland. Among others, Bernd Ruf and Dr. Christian Schopper were there.

Slovenia October 2017

Bernd Ruf travelled to Slovenia for a two-day seminar of the ISA Institute, which was aimed at teachers. He also met with members of the Ministry of Education to plan future cooperation.

Emergency education seminars were offered for one week in South Africa. At the same time, a South African emergency education team was set up.

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.


  • +++ 18.11.2018 +++

    Disaster in Indonesia

    The severe earthquake and tsunami in October brought death and destruction to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  In order to support the traumatised people in coming to terms with their experiences, an emergency education mission took place in the crisis region in November. more

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    Help for the Philipines

    A team of the emergency pedagogy flies from 27.09. to 08.10. to the Philippines. Together with four local colleagues they will support the victims of the typhoon "Mangkhut". The storm caused serious damage in the Philippines and cost the lives of many people. Landslides and mudslides further aggravate the situation. more

  • +++ 10.11.2018 +++

    Mission in Gaza

  • +++ 13.07.2018 +++

    NOTE: Annual Emergency Pedagogy Conference 2019

    From 20 to 23 June 2019, the eighth annual emergency pedagogical conference will take place in the premises of the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe.
    Under the title "Emergency pedagogy - How pedagogy can help injured (children's) souls", we will focus on the basis of emergency pedagogy at our next annual conference.

    Program and further information

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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