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WOW-Day in Canada: A start for an ongoing friendship

For the first time the École Rudolf Steiner de Montréal in Canada celebrated Waldorf OneWorld Day, short WOW-Day. A day where students from Waldorf schools around the world raise money to help Waldorf School that do not get any financial support by the state. The École Rudolf Steiner de Montréal decided to do a nine kilometer walkathon together with students and teachers from the Akwesasne Freedom School.

Founded in 1979 by the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, the Freedom School was the first school to offer teaching in Kanienkéha (Mohawk) language and culture in order to insure its survival. The Freedom School’s approach to teaching is similar to the Waldorf pedagogy, and in recent years there have been mentoring exchanges between the Freedom School and Canadian Waldorf schools.

To build on these ties and to help support new projects at the Freedom School, the students and teachers of the École Rudolf Steiner de Montréal decided to dedicate their annual WOW Day fundraising walkathon to the Akwesasne Freedom School. On short notice, students managed to raise $2795.00 to support Waldorf initiatives in need.

Students and teachers from the Freedom School made the journey to Montreal to meet their counterparts at the École Rudolf Steiner, spending time together in the classrooms and sharing Montreal bagels. After snack, the students from both schools gathered in the auditorium, where the Steiner students greeted their guests with a song and the Freedom School students gave the gift of their traditional songs and dances. Students and teachers from both schools joined in on the dances in what became a joyful group «social.»

This WOW Day event will be, without a doubt, one of the most memorable for the school and its students. Both schools hope to continue meeting and exchanging in the coming months and years.

Worldwide solidarity with Waldorf educational institutions – this is the idea behind “Waldorf One World”, WOW-Day for short. On one day of the year, committed people collect donations in many different ways, giving them to Waldorf institutions in need. Find more information here.

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