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100 Years of Waldorf Schools

This year we celebrate the centenary year 2019: 100 years of Waldorf Education. It began as a school for the children of the workers of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory and became a worldwide school movement, very soon after the founding of this first Waldorf School in Stuttgart: A Waldorf School was founded in The Hague in 1923, a school in London in 1925, then in Basel, Budapest, and Oslo in 1926. In 1928 the first Waldorf School was founded in New York - so it took less than 10 years for the movement to expand beyond the confines of the European continent.

The founding of the schools was driven by the desire for a good school that provided a respectful and loving education based on the children’s needs and developmental steps. The Friends of Waldorf Education have been accompanying and supporting the founding of schools all around the world for over 40 years. We are constantly witnessing the special energy with which people are founding schools and kindergartens all over the world to give children a safe place to learn and grow. We would like to express and honor this energy in two books that we will be publishing on the occasion of the centenary. (Read more here.)

Without this energy, the strong global network of Waldorf schools would not exist. In the anniversary year 2019, we will also be duly celebrating this network. On the following pages, as part of our special topic "100 Years of Waldorf", you can find out more about the many activities and projects that are traversing the borders of countries and continents.

100 Years of Waldorf Schools: Two Books by the Friends of Waldorf Education

The great centenary is a welcome opportunity to reflect on what Waldorf education has accomplished over the course of a century. The Friends of Waldorf Education have therefore decided to publish two books on the worldwide Waldorf School movement.

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#waldorfweltweit: The exhibition accompanying our books

The book "Insights Worldwide" will be accompanied by the exhibition #waldorfweltweit,

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Mail from the Waldorf World

In spring 2017, the team of Waldorf-100 sent each Waldorf School a package with about 1,200 postcards. Each card carries the address of some other Waldorf School. And so it began.

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The World was our Guest: Looking back at the anniversary festival September, 19 2019

The anniversary year reached a successful culmination with a wonderful festival at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

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WOW-Day for an entire year

2019 will be WOW-Year. This means that your fundraising campaigns can be held throughout the year, even several times. Together, we would like to celebrate the founding of the first Waldorf School in 1919 and the worldwide impulse it has become.

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Learn to Change the World – The Waldorf 100 Films

After the great success of part 1 of our film "Learn to Change the World", the second part deals with encounter, engagement and inclusion: learning that goes beyond merely accumulating information can be understood as an individual way to seek the...

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