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WOW-Day in Ukraine: “A celebration connects the entire school“

Anna Voloshyna is a German teacher at the Waldorf School in Krivoy Rog. Krivoj Rog is an industrial city stretching 120 km along two rivers, located about 170 km from Dnepropetrovsk. In 1992, an initiative began to study Waldorf education. 1994 a first class was founded within a state school. In December 2002, the school got a two-floor kindergarten building and was accredited by the municipal school administration as a state school with a Waldorf-educational orientation (accreditation for 11 grades, as is standard in Ukraine). Today, the Waldorf School in Krivoj Rog has two kindergarten groups and 11 classes with 261 students and 26 teachers. Last year, a workshop building was constructed, which was only possible thanks to the support of foundations and of the Friends of Waldorf Education. Such an investment would not have been possible with nothing but the school’s means. Only with great effort are many parents able to contribute to the school’s running costs.

This makes it all the more noteworthy that in 2017 the school community took part in WOW-Day, for the first time, in order to help other Waldorf institutions around the world. “We are aware that there are still many school that need help. That is why we have decided to take part in WOW-Day”, Anna Voloshyna explains. On WOW-Day, students, teachers, and parents sung, played, painted, photographed, baked, crafted, sold sweets, dressed hair, and had a lot of fun together. “It was like a celebration, bringing together the entire school. We are happy and satisfied that everything went well. And how pleasant it is to think that everybody can help others”, the active teacher sums things up, “you can simply join in!”

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