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Annual Emergency Pedagogical Conference postponed to June 4 to 6, 2021

In Karlsruhe, planning is currently underway for the 9th Annual Emergency Pedagogy Conference. Entitled "The Corona Crisis - Risks and Opportunities for Children and Adolescents", this year's conference will take place from June 4-6, 2021. With this, we aim to provide a mix of in-person attendance and online participation from around the world. Content from workshops and lectures can be made available to a wide audience in this form. At the moment we are experiencing a world situation that is extremely stressful for many and abruptly puts habits to the test, changes and/or prevents them. This is unbearable for many people, and many are traumatized by it. Children are the most sensitive to this uncertainty. We expect a large number of people, especially children, to be traumatized by the corona pandemic. With no prospect of recovery, people can become depressed, the infection can create anxiety, and the lockdown can be lonely. Speakers and workshop leaders from Lebanon, Brazil and Germany, among others, will address this topic.

We are following the developments closely and will inform you about further plans on our homepage, social media and in our newsletter.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer overnight stays at the school this year.

Schedule for the conference

You can view a preliminary schedule for the conference HERE.
This schedule represents the planned program at this point in time.
It is therefore without guarantee, changes are reserved.


Information about the conference

Registration information

Registration for the conference is only possible via the registration form, you cannot register at the conference office on site. After your registration you will receive a confirmation and after participation an invoice with the payment request.

Photographic and videographic accompaniment

Photographic and videographic accompaniment is planned as part of the conference. Presentations will be recorded and available to online participants. All photos and videos may be used for the conference report or our website.

Confirmation of participation

Upon completion of the event, you will receive a confirmation of participation upon request.

Fees for online-participation

Supporter-fee Note: Your supporter contribution will help fund someone who would otherwise not be able to attend.
The presentations will be recorded.


Fee in Europe:

200 € supporter-fee

100 € regular fee

50 € reduced fee (Pupils, students, intervention-participants: ONLY those who have already been on a mission) 


Fee worldwide (except Europe):

Choose your own supporter-fee, please set your own amount and transfer it accordingly after receiving the invoice.

0 € regular fee and reduced fee 

SPEAKERS 2021 - lectures & informations

Dr. med. Milan Meder

Healing with therapeutic and Emergency Pedagogical Approaches

The distress is increasing in children: massive attachment and relationship disorders, complete body weight derailment (obesity/anorexia), explosive progressions of ADHD versus autism (loneliness), disturbed day/night rhythms, and suicidality versus aggression are increasing dramatically. In the lecture, I explore the question of how we can bring healing with our therapeutic and Emergency Pedagogical approaches.

Milan Meder was born in Überlingen in 1974. He lived for a long time in America, Russia, France, Brazil and Japan. After his civilian service in St. Petersburg, he studied medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Meder has been a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry & psychotherapy as well as social medicine. Currently, he is the head physician of the MEDIAN Clinic Bad Gottleuba. He lectures regularly and is, among other things, a member of the board of trustees of the ADHD conference.

Dr. med. Karin Michael

The consequences of the Corona crisis for children

On all levels of their being, children and adolescents in this crisis are affected by restrictions and sometimes severe health impairments - only these are almost never caused by SARS-CoV2. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child seems to have been abolished, the protection of children no longer the primary goal of our society and politics. Fear has reached the youngest, school children are lonely at the computer and young people lack optimistic perspectives. In my lecture I follow the question: What can we do to improve their living conditions, health and development chances again?

Karin Michael (born 1970) lives and works in Germany. She graduated from a specialized seminar for geriatric nursing before studying human medicine and concomitant anthroposophic medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke. In her further training as a pediatrician and adolescent physician, she worked at the Community Hospital in Herdecke at the DRK Children's Hospital in Siegen and the University Children's Hospital in Cologne. Since 2008, she has worked as a senior physician in the children's outpatient clinic at the Herdecke Community Hospital, and since 2014, she has also worked as a school doctor at the Rudolf Steiner School in Bochum-Langendreer. In the meantime, Karin Michael has succeeded Wolfgang Goebel as co-author of the medical-pedagogical guidebook "Kindersprechstunde".

Dr. Reem N. Mouawad

Resilience and sustainability in hard times - the different healing paths at "Step Together" in Lebanon.

The presentation shows the challenging journey we have been on in the last 1.5 years. It gives an insight into the economic and financial collapse, the corruption and lack of government, the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic and the lack of medical care, as well as the impact of the explosion in Beirut on the entire Lebanese population. Despite all the challenges, we offered home visits, family support, and emergency education to children and adults affected by the explosion in Beirut. We also worked with parents, teachers and students to come to terms with what happened.
 We tell about surviving after the explosion and the constant struggles in times of COVID19 and the economic crisis. And we tell of our resilience and faith; they helped us to look forward in difficult times and continue to remain hopeful, even though our challenges in Lebanon have just begun.

Dr. Reem N. Mouawad is the president and principal of Step Together Association, a nonprofit organization for children and adults with special needs. She is also a lecturer in special education at the American University of Beirut and an assistant professor at the Lebanese American University. Dr. Mouawad is an international expert in special education, she initiated the teacher training program with international partners in the UK and Germany and is an international member of the inclusive social development (Dornach, Switzerland) to work on the development of the charter of the special education teacher across cultures. She has served as a consultant to many governmental and non-governmental organizations and is also the author of the Arabic book, The Other Child, which introduces the basics of special education in Arabic.

Bernd Ruf

As a special and Waldorf educator, Bernd Ruf is both co-founder of the Freie Waldorfschule Karlsruhe and co-founder and principal of the Parzival Competence Center for Education. In addition to his international lecturing and seminar activities, he has been involved in various committees and organizations promoting Waldorf education since 1993. In addition, he has been the executive director of the Friends of Waldorf Education since 1987. In 2006, he added another area of responsibility with the establishment and management of Emergency Pedagogy (crisis intervention in war and disaster regions). In numerous international missions, children all over the world can thus be supported in coping with their traumatic experiences. In the fall of 2014, Bernd Ruf also initiated the reception, accompaniment and schooling of unaccompanied minor refugees at the Parzival Center in Karlsruhe, where he also set up an Emergency Pedagogy Outpatient Clinic.



Dr. med. Christian Schopper

Return to the essence of man and pedagogy

Christian Schopper, MD, completed his residency in neurology, psychotherapy and psychiatry after studying medicine in Tübingen. From 1994 to the present, he assumed various leading positions in the field of psychology and neuromedicine. He holds a lectureship in Anthroposophic Medicine at the University of Zurich in the Department of Naturopathy. In addition to his extensive publication and lecture activities in Switzerland and abroad, he accompanied an emergency pedagogical mission of the Friends of Waldorf Education in the Gaza Strip.


Prof. Dr. Tomáš Zdrazil

Health promotion and Waldorf education

The central topics of social discussion at the moment are health and its protection. With regard to health, very specific accents are focused. But what consequences do these facts and their concrete implementation have for children, adolescents as well as educational institutions? Which aspects and steps with regard to the child's well-being seem essential from the point of view of an anthroposophical understanding of health? What are the tasks of schools today with regard to strengthening and promoting the healthy development of their students?

Prof. Dr. Tomáš Zdrazil studied history and education in Prague, Stuttgart and Bielefeld, and completed his doctorate on the topic of school health promotion. He was also a class teacher and high school teacher at the Semily Waldorf School in the Czech Republic. Since 2007 he has been teaching anthroposophical-anthropological foundations of Waldorf education at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools in the Czech Republic and the International Conference of Waldorf Schools (Hague Circle). The expert in anthropological foundations of Waldorf education has been working as a lecturer in anthroposophical-anthropological foundations of Waldorf education at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart - Seminar für Waldorfpädagogik since 2007.

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