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Italy: Emergency Pedagogy Seminar for Earthquake Aid Workers

Central Italy has been hit by multiple destructive, strong earthquakes since the middle of last year. The earthquake in October 2016 was one of the strongest in the past decades. And it appears that there is still enough stored energy in the rock—the likelihood of further earthquakes in the coming months and years is very high.

Because the regions hit by the earthquakes could be evacuated in time, there were luckily no deaths this time. But once again many people lost their homes. Local aid workers are trying to support their relocation as much as possible. In order to advice them in the planning of activities for traumatised
children, a four-person team from emergency pedagogy was in the region from January 7th to 10th.

In addition to mission leader Bernd Ruf, an experiential pedagogue, an art therapist, and a kindergarten-pedagogue travelled to Tortoreto.
In lectures, the origin and development of traumata were discussed and how Waldorf and emergency pedagogy can help. In workshops the participants could then test out the methods themselves. Around 30 teachers, aid workers, and members of the civil defence took part in the seminar.
The knowledge about psychotraumatology and the learned techniques should now be used in three projects to help children, who were evacuated from the earthquake region, in processing their experiences.
Here the focus is on early intervention to prevent possible trauma related disorders and also on long-term support for affected persons.


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    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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