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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.  


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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.: 0721 20111-144
Fax: 0721 20111-180
E-Mail: notfallpaedagogik[at]

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