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Emergency Pedagogy in Northern Iraq

On November 4th, 2016, a team once again traveled to Northern Iraq to support and further train local colleagues. Courses will also be introduced at the University in Dohuk. The team will be on location until November 18th to work with the children and pedagogues. continue

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency Pedagogy Conference

From June 9th to 11th, 2017, our emergency pedagogy annual conference will once again take place in Karlsruhe. This is the sixth time we are inviting, interested individual to further educate themselves in lectures and workshops with topics from emergency and trauma pedagogy. Registration will be possible starting next year. You can read about past conferences HERE.

Emergency Pedagogy in Northern Iraq

On November 4th, 2016, a team once again traveled to Northern Iraq to support and further train local colleagues. Courses will also be introduced at the University in Dohuk. The team will be on location until November 18th to work with the children and pedagogues. continue

Emergency Pedagogy Mission in Haiti

Six years after the severe earthquake in Haiti, catastrophe has once again struck the island country. The death toll is now rising to around 1000 persons, at least 350,000 people are homeless and need immediate assistance. The Friends of Waldorf Education is planing a mission for the end of October in Haiti to support traumatised people. continue

10th Mission in the Gaza Strip

A team from the emergency pedagogy department will carry-out a crisis intervention in Gaza from October 23rd to 30th. The aid workers were already in the conflict struck region for multiple missions, this is the tenth.
For many years now, the conflicts in the Gaza-Strip have rarely calmed down; the residents are subject to on-going tensions. continue

Continuing Education Courses in South America

In October and November Bernd Ruf will once again travel to South America to offer more continuing education courses. First he will stop in Columbia and Brazil from October 7th to 17th. In November five days in Chile follow. Additionally, he will meet with volunteer colleagues of the country groups and the local emergency pedagogy team. Some of them also participated in the Ecuador mission in May of this year.

They and other interested persons have the opportunity here to learn more about the development of trauma, its course, and effects and get to know and/or deepen their knowledge of helpful methods from emergency pedagogy.

Training in Emergency and Trauma Pedagogy

At this time, an international institute for emergency and trauma pedagogy is being established. This institute will offer continuing education courses in emergency and trauma pedagogy starting in 2017. The continuing education courses are designed for all interested persons, who are working in pedagogical-therapeutical settings with traumatised children and adolescents daily or who would like to participate in emergency pedagogy interventions. The seminars will take place on weekends, so that the continuing education courses can be attending while continuing to work full-time. The instructors are experienced emergency pedagogues, therapists, and doctors, who have much experience handling traumata, gained through many missions.

More information will follow in winter 2016.
If you are interested in the courses, you can send us an email.

Mission in Iraq

From August 26th till September 9th, an emergency pedagogy team from the Friends of Waldorf Education will travel again to the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq. . In addition to their currently established project in the three refugee camps, they will work under the direction of the Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) together with other aid organizations in the so-called “summer schools”.

In addition, the existing project in the three refugee camps Berseve I and II and Chamishku will be continued and local colleagues trained. read more.

Our work continues in Iraq!

After a somewhat uncertain time spent looking for a new cooperation partner, it is now definite: our work will continue in Iraq! The long-term project with a local team, which works with children in the camps Berseve I and II, will continue and even expand further. Another team will be formed and trained, which will then work in Camp Chamishku. Our new project partner is the German Society for International Cooperation, abbreviated GIZ. As reinforcement for our on-site project coordinator Jessica Prentice, our collegue Raphaela Ehmcke is traveling to Iraq for a few months.

We are excited to be able to continue this valuable work with refugee children, teachers, and parents!

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Experience Report Northern Iraq

Martin Straube works as an anthroposophical doctor and was already with the "Friends of Waldorf Education" in Gaza twice. In the beginning of July 2016, he visited the long-term project in the Region of Dohuk in Northern Iraq.

In our blog, he reports about his experiences on location.
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Retrospective on the Anniversary Annual Conference of Emergency Pedagogy

The fifth emergency pedagogy annual conference of the Friends of Waldorf Education took place from May 26th to 29th in Karlsruhe, during which the 10th anniversary of emergency pedagogy was celebrated. You can read a complete report here.

Mission in Ecuador

In April Ecuador was hit by a devastating earthquake and many heavy aftershocks. From May 2nd to 17th 2016, an intervention team from the emergency pedagogy department of the Friends of Waldorf Education was on location. Special for this mission was that the emergency pedagogy team was made up of mostly local collegues for the first time. In order to be able to finacnce further work, the Friends of Waldorf Education depend on donations.

Click here to donate. Keyword: Ecuador

Continuing Education Courses in Germany

In Winter 2015/16, there will be many continuing education courses offered throughout Germany in the area of emergency pedagogy. The main focus of these courses is the work with traumatised refugee children. You can find more information here.

 

Flight Trauma: Emergency Pedagogy helps!


60 million people are fleeing right now. Around a half of them are children and adolescents. Many are traumatised and experience horrifying things during their flight. Emergency pedagogy supports these children in Germany, transit countries, and in their home lands.


In Germany:
In Karlsruhe refugee children have received trauma-pedagogical aid since autumn 2014. To make this possible, cooperation exists with the Parzival School Centre, where refugees are emergency pedagogical supported in five classes. This psycho-social support is also offered by volunteer pedagogues in initial reception centres. Since September emergency pedagogical aid has been establishing and networking in additional German cities. In order to train aid workers, teachers, and pre-school teachers in working with traumatised children, professional development courses covering the topic “Emergency Pedagogy for Traumatised Refugees” are being offered throughout Germany. In the context of a newly established advising centre, the Friends of Waldorf Education informs and supports Waldorf schools in all questions about inclusion and pedagogical support of refugee children.

On the escape route and in the home countries:
The Friends of Waldorf Education are also active in the countries through which the flight routes go. In October and November, emergency pedagogy missions took place on the Greek island of Lesbos and on the Slovenian-Austrian border. Two flashpoints, where the flood of refugees and the suffering of the displaced are concentrated. Right after the dangerous journey over the Mediterranean Sea, many refugees are close to an emotional and physical break down and urgently need psycho-social aid.  In cooperation with local Waldorf initiatives further missions on the Balkan route are being planned.  In northern Iraq the Friends of Waldorf Education could establish an emergency pedagogy team in two refugee camps in cooperation with UNICEF. This cooperation makes a continuous presence and daily psychosocial offerings for traumatised children and adolescents in the camps possible.

Sending the expert teams, supporting refugee children in Germany and abroad, and the advising of schools and aid workers all cost money. In over to be able to act quickly and effectively, we are reliant on financial support.

Please donate now—every euro counts!

Emergency Pedagogical Aid for Volunteers in Paris

After the horrifying attacks, an emergency pedagogy team set out to Paris on Monday, November 16th. At the centre of the emergency pedagogy intervention stands the frontline assistance for the volunteers, who are doing their volunteer service through the Friends of Waldorf Education in the Paris region and had to also experience the attacks.


Since September 2015, seven young people from Germany have been doing a volunteer service through the Friends of Waldorf Education in anthroposophical institutions in Paris and the surrounding area. At the time of the attacks, all seven volunteers were in Stade de France and had to experience the attacks and the following panic from within the immediate vicinity. In order to support them in processing of this experience, a pedagogical-theraputical team travelled already on Monday to Paris. The volunteers should be stabilised and supported with emergency pedagogical methods.

Furthermore the German expert team will advise the Free Waldorf School Ecole Perceval Chatouim in the dealing with traumatised pupils. For this purpose, a seminar for teachers will be offered, in which the foundations of psychotraumatology and the appropriate pedagogical answers will be taught. Advising for parents, whose children show traumatised reactions following the attacks, will round out the mission.

Retrospective: Flight‒Trauma‒School 2015

Under the heading “Flight—Trauma—School” the first continuing education offering specifically for teachers and aid workers working with refugees from the Friends of Waldorf Education took place from October 31st to November 1st. The seminar was held in cooperation with the Parzival School Centre in Karlsruhe. You can find a detailed retrospective here.

Bernd Ruf honoured with the European Dialogue Silver Award

 

For 3 years, the European Dialogue Silver Award has been awarded in Karlsruhe to prominent personalities who connect Karlsruhe with the world. The prize is endowed by Tom Høyen, city councilman in the municipal council of Karlsruhe and former director of the European School.


In his laudation, Tom Høyen emphasised the meaning of the Parzival-School Centre with its emergency pedagogical outpatient clinic has for Karlsruhe and expressed his admiration for the expansion of emergency pedagogy as a “worldwide active, emergency pedagogical aid organisation for the psychosocial protection of children and adolescences in crisis regions.”

The emergency pedagogy of the Friends of Waldorf Education was created in 2006 by Bernd Ruf. After personally experiencing war in Lebanon, Bernd Ruf developed emergency pedagogy as “first aid for the soul.” Since then, over 40 emergency pedagogy missions have been carried out in crisis regions and after natural disasters. Most recently missions took place in Nepal, in the Gaza Strip, and in the Philippines. In northern Iraq emergency pedagogues and therapists work in two refugee camps in collaboration with UNICEF. In Karlsruhe, around 90 unaccompanied underage refugees are supported in the Parzival-School Centre in five refugee classes.

Psycho-social Aid for Refugees—Emergency Pedagogy helps!

New refugees arrive daily in Germany, especially from Syria and Iraq. Many have experienced awful situations in their home countries as well as during their flight to Germany. These terrible experiences leave behind deep emotional wounds especially in children. Emergency pedagogy of the Friends of Waldorf Education supports these children in Germany, in transit countries, and in their home countries.

A study done by doctors at the Technical University of Munich assumes that close to a quarter of refugee children are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In order to help children in their processing of their terrible experiences and thereby make a life without severe emotional distress possible, the Friends of Waldorf Education in cooperation with Aktion Deutschland hilft are offering emergency pedagogical aid.

In Karlsruhe unaccompanied underage refugees have been trauma pedagogical supported since the fall of 2014. For this, there exists cooperation with the Parzival School Centre, which has opened five refugee classes for circa 90 unaccompanied underage refugees. In these classes, refugees are offered psycho-social aid in the form of emergency pedagogical methods like painting therapy and experiential pedagogy. This emergency pedagogical aid is also being offered by volunteer pedagogues in the initial registration centres in Karlsruhe. In September, additional emergency pedagogical aid could be initiated and planned in other Germany cities. In Hamburg the Friends are collaborating with Tellers Without Borders, in Stuttgart and Munich further emergency pedagogical initiatives are forming. In order to give aid workers, teachers, and preschool teachers throughout Germany an instrument for working with traumatised children, a two day professional development course will take place in October with the theme “Emergency Pedagogy for Traumatised Refugees”.

The Friends of Waldorf Education are also active in the transit countries, through which the displaced persons’ escape route goes. On October 16th, an emergency pedagogy team will travel to Greece, to the island of Lesbos. Many refugees land on this island after their dangerous journey over the Mediterranean Sea. In cooperation with local Waldorf initiatives further missions along the so called Balkan route are being planned.

In northern Iraq a local team of the Friends is continuing to work in two refugee camps. In cooperation with UNICEF, there are daily emergency pedagogical offerings for schoolchildren in the camps. Right now a volunteer German team is once again on the ground, in order to support the local pedagogues with further training and by supporting them in their direct work with the children. Please support the emergency pedagogical help for traumatised refugees with a donation:

Donations Account
GLS Bank Bochum
BLZ: 430 609 67
Account number: 800 800 700
IBAN DE06 4306 0967 0800 8007 00
BIC GENODEM1GLS
Keyword “Emergency Pedagogy”

Thank-you very much for your help!

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Emergency Pedagogy Aftercare in Nepal

Already after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the Friends of Waldorf Education supported traumatised children with emergency pedagogy. Now a team of pedagogues and therapists will travel to the Himalayan region to carry out an aftercare mission and train local aid workers and teachers in the methods of emergency pedagogy. The mission is being carried out in cooperation with the German relief collation, Aktion Deutschland hilft.

The volunteer team of the Friends of Waldorf Education is made up of experienced trauma and experiential as well as theater and early childhood pedagogues. A psychotherapist, an art therapist, as well as a medical doctor round out the team. From August 23rd to September 6th, the aid workers will work with traumatised children and offer professional development courses in emergency pedagogy in Kathmandu, as well as in Bhimdunga and Thimi ̶ the locations where the first mission took place.

Northern Iraq: with UNICEF for traumatised children

In cooperation with UNICEF, the Friends of Waldorf Education were able to install nine local pedagogues and set up a local office in northern Iraq. A volunteer German team was on site from the 29th of May until the 12th of June to train the local team. The emergency pedagogical team was made up of experienced art therapists, experiential pedagogues, Waldorf preschool teachers and a teacher for special needs.

In the mornings, the emergency pedagogical team together with the local team could work with about 770 traumatised children in four UNICEF schools. At the same time, the work with the children served as part of the practical training of the local pedagogues. In preparatory and follow-up discussions the workshops were discussed and analysed. Bit by bit, the direction of the therapeutic offerings was transferred into the hands of the Iraqi colleagues. In the afternoons, the training of the local team was continued in workshops designed to deepen understanding of the methods used. The traumatisation of the local team was also discussed and attended to using emergency pedagogical methods.

You can find a report about the mission here!

ZDF-Report about emergency pedagogical intervention in Nepal


From the 9th to the 23rd of May an emergency pedagogical team was in Nepal to help traumatised children in their processing for their experiences. In the village of Bindhunga, a camera team from the German public television station ZDF accompanied them for a day. 

Return from Nepal

The emergency pedagogical team has safetly returned from their successful mission in Nepal.

All together, close to 2,000 children during a total of 12 intervention days could be treated with emergency pedagogy and about 60 pedagogues further educated in emergency pedagogy. Furthermore, about 250 patients were medically cared for or advised in the mobile clinic.

You can find a complete and personal report about the mission here.

Aftershock Earthquake in Nepal on May 12th, 2015

We have just received word directly from our team on the ground, that Nepal was again shaken by a strong earthquake. All the members of team are shocked and impacted, but according to mission leader Bernd Ruf, with whom we were in contact with by telephone on the morning of the 12th of May, 2015, physically unharmed and doing well.

The recent earthquake had a magnitude of 7.2 and hit the country and region just as relief efforts, provided by the whole world, had started to show their effects. The epicentre lay only a few kilometres east of Kathmandu. According to Bernd Ruf people plunged in a panic unto streets and public squares. Telephone lines in the country were totally destroyed. Concrete official reports about victims and damages are not yet available.

Nepal: Emergency Pedagogical Crisis Intervention Planned

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The death toll continues to rise after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The lost of family and home as well as being confronted with suffering and destruction have left above all children with psychological trauma.

In cooperation with “Aktion Deutschland Hilft” and regional partner “Shanti,” the Friends of Waldorf Education is planning an emergency pedagogical crisis intervention for the 9th to the 23rd of May. With this mission, traumatised children and youths will be helped to process their experience of the catastrophe.

You can find more information here

We are reliant on support from donations to finance this operation. We ask you to please help too!

Your donation allows us to psychosocially support and stabilize affected children and youths.

Donation Account:
GLS Bank Bochum
BLZ 430 609 67
Konto 800 800 700
IBAN DE06 4306 0967 0800 8007 00
BIC GENODEM1GLS
Keyword "Notfallpädagogik"

Many thanks for your help!

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  • +++ 11.10.2016 +++

    Emergency Pedagogy Crisis Intervention in Haiti

    After the devastating hurricane "Matthew" the Friends of Waldorf Education are planing an emergency pedagogy crisis intervention in Haiti for the end of October. During this mission, traumatised children and adolescents should be helped to process their experiences.

    You can find more information here.

  • +++ 21.10.2016 +++

    Kindergarten-Founding in Gaza

    Two years after the last mission, a team will once again travel to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 in order to support children and adolescents. For many years now, the conflicts in the Gaza-Strip have rarely calmed down; the residents are subject to on-going tensions and need help. continue

  • +++ 08.08.2016 +++

    "Summer schools" in Northern Iraq

    From August 26th till September 9th, an emergency pedagogy team from the Friends of Waldorf Education will travel again to the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq. They will work under the direction of the Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) together with three other aid organizations in the so-called “summer schools”. continue.

  • +++ 11.05.2016 +++

    Educador: Emergency Pedagogy Aid

    On April 16th, 2016 Ecuador was shaken by a devastating earthquake. Many aftershocks followed and left people continually frozen in fear. From May 2nd to 17th 2016 an emergency pedagogy intervention team from the Friends of Waldorf Education is on the ground in order to support traumatised people and train local pedagogues.

  • +++ 10.05.2016 +++

    8th Mission in Northern Iraq

    From April 22nd to May 6th, an emergency pedagogy team traveled to Kurdistan-Iraq for the 8th time. The focus of the mission was the work with children in the refugee camp and the further training of local pedagogues.

 

Friends of Waldorf Education

Emergency Pedagogy
Office Karlsruhe
Neisser Str. 10
76139 Karlsruhe
Germany
Tel +49 (0)721 354806-144
Fax +49 (0)721 354806-180
notfallpaedagogik[at]freunde-waldorf.de

 

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