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Parents and Teachers are forming Networks

Not only students should and can network with each other through the various projects of Waldorf 100. Teachers and parents will also have the opportunity to do so. Here are two examples: the International Teachers Exchange initiated by the Rudolf Steiner School Berlin and the Conference of the European Network of Steiner Waldorf Parents (ENSWaP).

The Rudolf Steiner School Berlin is taking the opportunity offered by the centenary year of Waldorf Schools to initiate an intercultural, international exchange of teachers: How do other cultures implement Waldorf Education? Which new ideas could refresh and inspire our everyday school life? This exchange is intended to result in personal contacts and to create more knowledge and a better understanding of other "Waldorf cultures". In addition, this exchange of experiences fosters intercultural open-mindedness and tolerance; it strengthens the international Waldorf community and provides opportunities for updating the practice of Waldorf education. One might thus imagine that Mr Y from Berlin does blacksmithing with a class in Nairobi, or Mr Z from Honolulu practices Hula dances with an 8th grade, while Ms Q from Berlin teaches nutrition in São Paulo… The list of ideas goes on and kindles the spirit of adventure! Through personal contacts and the experience of everyday life in schools of other cultures, new ideas can emerge and perhaps one can get an inkling of how diversely Waldorf education might develop over the next 100 years. We are planning to run the project from 2019 to around 2022 for three to four weeks at a time. Interested teachers from all countries can send an e-mail with the subject "Pädagogenaustausch" (“teachers exchange”) to info@dahlem.waldorf.net .

The Waldorf School parents are also invited to exchange ideas on an international level. There will be an opportunity to do so at the conference of the European Network of Steiner Waldorf Parents (ENSWaP). This year’s conference is entitled "100 Years of Waldorf Pedagogy - Preserving Ashes or Lighting Fires?" and the representatives of the parents' councils will meet in Berlin from 17 to 19 May 2019. The ENSWaP is expressly inviting not just parents from Europe, but from all over the world. They can exchange ideas during lectures, workshops, and joint activities. Nana Göbel, executive board member of the Friends of Waldorf Education, will be giving one of the three planned lectures.