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Corona Reports from the schools

With our urgent call from last week we would like to help the schools and other Waldorf educational institutions that are affected by the economic consequences of the Corona crisis. Every day we receive reports of the special situations of these projects, which we would like to share with you here.

Nepal: New perspectives for the Tashi Waldorf School in Kathmandu

The Tashi Waldorf School was able to regain some reliability and regularity last year after several crises, some of which were caused by the pandemic. The small school in Kathmandu is currently attended by 64 children in two kindergarten groups and grades 1-3. Teacher Dil Maya Adhikari reports on the challenges and successes of 2022 in her annual report.

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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, the Rainbow Foundation is a contact point for families in the area facing financial hardship. Dr Claudia Menzel, an anthroposophical doctor in Goslar, visits the facility regularly. For "Waldorf Weltweit" she reports on her last visit at the turn of the year 2021/2022.

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Letter from the Hague Circle to the schools and kindergartens.

The Hague Circle - the council of the Waldorf movement worldwide - met from 17-21 November 2021 and worked on current burning issues in Waldorf education. Here you will find a summary and overview of this work as well as the proposal to work together worldwide on three topics: 1. the pedagogical conference is the heart of the school, 2. grasping the cooperation with parents anew and 3. shaping the handling of digital media in a contemporary way.

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Ethiopia: Finally news from the Waldorf School in Hawzien

For more than a year a bitter civil war has been raging in northern Ethiopia. The conflict between the regional government of Tigray and the Ethiopian central government has forced more than 1.2 million people to flee, and several million people are now dependent on humanitarian aid. The Waldorf School in the town of Hawzien is situated amid the turmoil of war. Even before the outbreak of the war, donations were needed to provide food for the families of the school and the countryside was already badly scarred by plagues of locusts and the effects of the Corona crisis. Shortly after the war began, the school was used as accommodation by soldiers. At about this time, contact with the region was lost, there were few internet or telephone connections, roads were besieged, aid deliveries were blocked. It was only in December that we managed to get in touch with a couple who work at the school. They reported that the school was finally back in operation from the start of the new school year…

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Promote educational justice now: Our new Call for Donations

The Corona pandemic is exacerbating global and social inequality. Waldorf schools and kindergartens are also feeling the effects. With our new appeal for donations we want to help them.

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At last! Lessons return at the Escuela Caracol

The Escuela Caracol in San Marcos La Laguna has always been a role model. It was initially the only school in Guatemala to teach the Mayan language – Kaqchikel – in addition to Spanish. State schools followed this example. The school's children come from families belonging to the Mayan peoples as well as immigrants, mainly from the USA. Children from low-income families can go to school for free, while the other families pay school fees. Like so many things during the pandemic, this well-functioning system came apart at the seams. With the help of the Joint Action: Corona Aid, the situation was transformed for the better, as a team from the school report in their thank-you letter:

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Lots of outdoor teaching and learning at Kildare Steiner School

Kildare Steiner School is an independent, multi-denominational school in County Kildare that receives no state funding. In Ireland, too, the pandemic led to increased unemployment and reduced income for many people - school fees could no longer be paid in the usual way. How a school day unfolded during this time was described by the school in a letter from spring 2021.

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Joint Action: Corona Help. Reliable lessons for the children in the Khayelitsha township

The Zenzeleni School for Creative Education is located in one of the townships around Cape Town. The parents of most of the children who go to school here earn their money with their own small businesses, selling vegetables or fruit. Others find work in the hospitality industry, or in tourism. Accordingly, many parents had to accept heavy income losses in the wake of the Corona crisis. This was a particular challenge for the teachers, for whom it was important not to lose contact with the children even in times of complete lockdown. Helen Stotko, executive director of the Centre for Creative Education, describes how this was made possible by the donations received.

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Waldorf on Turkey's south coast

Where there is normally a lot of activity and life, there has been a yawning emptiness since the pandemic measures cut across normal life. With the absence of tourists, the coffers are empty and parents who send their children to the kindergarten and primary classes at the Waldorf School in Alanya can no longer afford to pay. Added to this is the increasingly difficult economic situation in Turkey with rising inflation and the devaluation of the Turkish Lira.

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Joint Action: Corona Help. The young Kindergarten of Pampa del Infierno in Argentina

Pampa del Infierno is a very small town in the north of Argentina. In the middle of the endless grassy landscape some highly committed parents founded the Waldorf Kindergarten, Colmena Azul and also found some kindergarten teachers in the area. The Corona crisis put the young Waldorf initiative to the test. It almost seemed as if the kindergarten would have to close. But fortunately, things turned out differently, as Amelia Bertoldi and Claudio Galvan wrote to us, on behalf of the community of Colmena Azul:

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Waldorf Worldwide

Since 1976, the Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e. V. (Friends of Waldorf Education) have been supporting Waldorf Schools, Waldorf Kindergartens, social therapy, and curative education institutions as well as social initiatives in order…

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Call for donations

The whole world is talking about and living with the Corona Crisis. In some parts of the world, the effects of the pandemic and the accompanying restrictions are compounded by other problems: wars as well as natural and man-made disasters lead to…

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Help a child go to school

In many countries Waldorf schools receive little or no government support. We arrange sponsorships in the sense of educational vouchers. Our approach is an agreement with the local school that the additional tuition fees coming from educational…

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