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Air raid shelters for schools in Ukraine

September marks the start of the new school year in Ukraine, where attacks by the Russian army have lasted for over six months. During the summer holidays, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education issued a decree stating that schools in Ukraine may only start operating if they have enough shelters where…

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Seeding the Future: Emergency Pedagogy in La Danta, Colombia

In January 2022, Pedagogía de Emergencia Colombia (the National Centre of Excellence for Emergency and Trauma Education, Colombia) received a call for help from the town of La Danta. The town has been suffering from severe armed conflict for many years, the result of a flourishing drug trade in the…

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Waldorf students build a playground in the area hit by flooding

In June 2022, initiated and accompanied pedagogically by the emergency education department of the Friends of Waldorf Education, and financed by donations from the action alliance, Aktion Deutschland Hilft, pupils of classes 10, 11 and 12 of the Silberwald Waldorf School in Stuttgart built a…

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Ukraine: We stay in contact with every family

The massive military attacks on parts of Ukraine have continued for more than 100 days. Thanks to the many donations that reached us after our urgent appeal at the end of February, we were able to help all schools to continue offering lessons - mostly as online lessons. This was also the case at the…

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Georgia: A wonderful social togetherness

Since 1995, the Michael School in Tbilisi has offered children in need of unusual care opportunities to learn in a loving environment, and according to their possibilities. In Georgia, there are hardly any social or welfare programmes for people with disabilities and their families. Therapeutic…

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School Building: the latest issue of "Waldorf Worlwide"

One of the biggest challenges in founding but also in growing a school or kindergarten is to find suitable rooms in which the children feel comfortable and can learn and play well. We are always happy to help at this particularly difficult point. You can read more about current building projects in…

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Sri Lanka: News from Baddegama

Ten years ago, thanks to the commitment of teacher Martin Henrich, a social-cultural centre was established in Baddegama in the south of Sri Lanka. Offering various counselling and support services for children and young people, as well as for people with disabilities, and an inclusive kindergarten,…

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Hungary: Activities for refugee families in Miskolc

At the end of March, an Emergency Pedagogy team from the Friends of Waldorf Education visited the Hámori Waldorf School in northern Hungary. The school community wanted to become active in the face of the situation of refugees in their town and help on several levels. The emergency pedagogical…

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Emergency Pedagogical Workshop in Slovakia: "My experiences are still very fresh"

The Kiev Waldorf teacher Polina Viktorova decided to leave Ukraine with her child and went to Slovakia. On 27.03 she took part in an emergency pedagogical seminar of the Friends of Waldorf Education in Bratislava Here she reports on the experience of her own trauma and the effect of emergency…

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Rhythmic work in Emergency Pedagogy: Being able to feel one's own body again

Minka Görzel-Straube has been working voluntarily as an emergency pedagogue for many years. She has already accompanied and partly led more than 50 interventions. She also led a workshop in Krakow, which took place in March 2022 and was primarily aimed at teachers who are currently looking after…

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