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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.

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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Joint Action: Corona Help. Help for an independent Waldorf School in Bristol

In the southwest of England, the Bristol Steiner School has been offering Waldorf education since 1973. When a state funded Steiner Academy was opened near the school, many students migrated because the school fees for the Waldorf School are a high hurdle for many parents. As of September 2017, the school had to close its middle and high school phases due to a lack of students. Today, it is a small, independent school for children ages 3 to 11. Many parents run small businesses or are in therapeutic professions and struggled to afford school fees due to the impact of the Corona crisis. Without support from Joint Action: Corona Aid, the school would have had to close. This did not happen, as the school's director Nicola Forder wrote to us in February:

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Joint Action: Corona Help Open-air classrooms at the Waldorf School in Alanya

Founded in 2016, the Waldorf School in Alanya teaches students from kindergarten to eighth grade. As an independent school, it receives no state support and relies on parent contributions and donations for funding. The parents of most of the children work in the tourism sector and are still struggling with heavy income losses. Thanks to the donations from the Joint Action: Corona Aid, the school has, despite everything, been able to survive. The school staff sent us their thanks in a letter at the beginning of March.

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Our Project of the Month: Waldorf in Galicia

Nestled in the Galician countryside is the small, inclusive school, Meniñeiros, the only Waldorf school in Galicia, which began in 2003 with a kindergarten. Since 2009, the farm and orchard have been wonderful and much-loved places for play and learning for the children in the kindergarten and school classes. Almost all the pupils come from Lugo, the oldest and most central town in Galicia, still surrounded by a wall built by the Romans in the 3rd century.

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Vietnam: Award for the founder of the Die Giac Waldorf Kindergarten

Almost 20 years ago, in 2002, Nhu Tri, the leading nun of the Dieu Giac Buddhist Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, added a Waldorf kindergarten to the orphanage she had established and run near her temple. About 30 children find a free place of care here - some of them are children from the home, others are children of poor families from the neighbourhood. Nhu Tri cares not only for the children in the neighbourhood, but for all people in the neighbourhood. In emergency situations, for example, she organises life-sustaining funds and free meals for all who need them. She was honoured by the Vietnamese Prime Minister for her commitment.

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Emergency Pedagogy Conference

In Karlsruhe, planning is currently underway for the 9th Annual Emergency Pedagogy Conference. Entitled "The Corona Crisis - Risks and Opportunities for Children and Adolescents", this year's conference will take place from June 4-6, 2021. With this, we aim to provide a mix of in-person attendance and online participation from around the world. Content from workshops and lectures can be made available to a wide audience in this form. At the moment we are experiencing a world situation that is extremely stressful for many and abruptly puts habits to the test, changes and/or prevents them. This is unbearable for many people, and many are traumatized by it. Children are the most sensitive to this uncertainty. We expect a large number of people, especially children, to be traumatized by the corona pandemic. With no prospect of recovery, people can become depressed, the infection can create anxiety, and the lockdown can be lonely. Speakers and workshop leaders from Lebanon, Brazil and Germany, among others, will address this topic. …

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A new school year opens in Kenya

In January, the new school year began in Kenya. For almost a year, schools in Kenya were pretty much closed due to the Corona pandemic. With the new school year, children are allowed to return to school for the first time in 10 months – albeit with lots of regulations regarding hygiene and physical distancing. At the Rudolf Steiner School Mbagathi in Nairobi, all 350 children are now allowed to attend school once again. The Head Teacher writes about the new daily routine in a letter to fundraisers.

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What we achieved despite Corona: An interim report from WOW-Day 2020

A turbulent year has come to an end and we are happy to be able to give you an interim report on the WOW-Day Campaign. So far, 51 schools from ten countries have transferred their WOW-Day proceeds, totalling €86,335.11 to the Friends of Waldorf Education. We forward 100% of the money raised to projects that urgently need support.

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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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Project of the month

Every month we introduce you to a Waldorf school or kindergarten in the world.

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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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