Kenya: January 2012
Childhood in a Suitcase
Waldorf pedagogy as emergency pedagogy in northern Kenyan refugee camp Kakuma
Since the summer of 2011, one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of the last decade has been playing out in east Africa. It has been largely ignored by the world public. Many millions of people are threatened with famine according to estimates from UNO. Millions are fleeing. Aiding the affected persons is made more difficult by tribal wars and military conflict. The Friends of Waldorf Education carried out an emergency pedagogy crisis intervention in the northern Kenyan refugee camp from January 20th to February 4th, 2012 in cooperation with the Waldorf School of Nairobi, the UNO-Refugee Aid Works (UNHCR), the Lutheran World Federation (LWS), and the federal coalition for catastrophe relief “Aktion Deutschland Hilft,” in order to help children in coping with their traumatic experiences caused by violence, displacement, flight, and starvation. The project is initially planned to run for a year.