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Nepal August 2016

Psychosocial Aftercare

After the serious earthquake of 2015 in Nepal, the Friends of Waldorf Education carried out an acute mission and a follow-up mission in cooperation with Aktion Deutschland Hilft. Now a team was once again on location. The mission was focused on working with especially traumatized children and on training parents and teachers.

Over a year after the earthquake, the external traces are largely removed, debris and rubble have been disposed of; the schools are open again. The internal wounds though can be felt just like before. Especially children have a hard time ordering their world after the shaking of an earthquake and struggle in dealing with their experiences. Helping these traumatized children, some of whom are severely traumatized, was a main goal of the mission in August.

In the first week, morning and afternoon offerings took place in the Tashi-Waldorf-School. This time less work was done in large groups here, instead special attention was paid to individual care of children who show severe trauma-related disorders.
A healing eurhythmist, a Waldorf teacher, and an art therapist supported the children with pedagogical-theraputical methods, which re-strengthen trust in oneself and one’s surroundings. In the courses, affected children had the possibility to work against traumatic experiences with new, beautiful experiences. Movement and clapping games bring joy, dissolve inner torpor, and support physical coordination.

A nurse and custodian traveled with the pedagogues. They showed the people there, how they can design their spaces with simple means and also encouraged them to not ignore this aspect for successful healing and a healthy soul.
In the afternoons, in addition to the offerings for the children, regular teacher trainings took place as well as coachings during and after lessons. In the second week, the emergency pedagogues worked additionally in the mornings in the school of the Shanti-Leper-Aid.

An emergency pedagogue reports, how after a few days, an employee in the school administration spoke her to: “He asked me, what was going on here and what we are doing here. It was so quiet on these days and the children seemed so relaxed and peaceful. It is wonderful to experience, that our work has an effect here and that it already helps the children after such a short time.”

On the weekend 32 interested persons from 7 different initiatives and over 50 parents took part in teacher and parent days. The trainings helped to inform the participants about traumata and to show them methods, which can help with the processing of negative experiences. This therefore prepares them for coming earthquakes or other natural disasters. Just like at past missions, there was again a great need for support but also joy over new impulses could be felt.


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