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Waldorf Worldwide: News-Blog

New schools, special events or emergencies: Here you will find the latest news from Waldorf Schools, Waldorf Kindergartens and curative education institutions all over the world.

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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A WOW-Day with obstacles

Despite the school closures and other hurdles due to the Corona virus restrictions, a great many committed students and teachers have already participated in WOW-Day 2020. It has been an extraordinary year requiring extraordinary and creative ideas for action. Sponsored runs in small groups, making apple compote to sell at school, working on the nearby farm, or collecting acorns in the forest are just a few of the many and varied activities undertaken.   You can find an impression here of the work of Class 5 at the Waldorf School Soest, in Germany, where the pupils collected acorns with great diligence.  

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New Board Member for the Friends of Waldorf Education: introducing Johannes Prahl

At the end of November 2020, during the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Waldorf Education, a Supervisory Board was elected for the first time. It consists of Fiona Jaffke, Constanza Kaliks and Michael Zech, as well as Florian Osswald, Andreas Schubert and Henning Kullak-Ublick, the latter three as "born" members according to the statutes. On 21st December 2020, at the Supervisory Board meeting, Nana Göbel and Bernd Ruf were confirmed as Executive Board members and a new Executive Board member was appointed: Johannes Prahl. Johannes works in staff development at GLS Bank and now brings his expertise to the board of the Friends of Waldorf Education. In the interview he tells us a bit about himself.

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Waldorf in crisis areas: Help for schools, kindergartens and therapeutic education facilities

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 many refugees and severe emergencies. We would be most grateful if you could support us with a donation to help Waldorf schools, Waldorf kindergartens and therapeutic education institutions in these areas.

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Moldova: An upper school for the Waldorf School in Chișinău

The Liceul Teoretic Waldorf School in Chișinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, is constructing a new building to create space for more pupils. With the expansion to a two-form entry, the school can also obtain recognition as a grammar high school.

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Georgia First Waldorf initiative in Batumi

Two years ago, the first Waldorf kindergarten was opened in the Georgian town of Batumi. In a letter to the Friends of Waldorf Education, the project team reports on the initial phase, beginning in a rented flat, the plans to build a school and the difficult time during the Corona crisis.

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WOW-Day 2020: We introduce you to schools for your fundraising campaigns

In autumn each year, pupils raise funds for Waldorf schools, Waldorf kindergartens and therapeutic education institutions around the world as part of our WOW-Day campaign. With our WOW-Day projects we introduce you to institutions that urgently need these donations. This time we take you to Myanmar, to the Lotus Garden International School in Pyin Oo Lwin.

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Empty Classes: The new issue of "Waldorf Worldwide" is out now

All over the world, for much of this year, people's everyday lives have been impacted by the effects of the Corona pandemic. For many Waldorf Schools, Waldorf Kindergartens and therapeutic education institutions in our worldwide movement the adverse effects are threatening their very existence. Our appeal for donations has mitigated the consequences of the Corona crisis, and our Joint action: Corona Aid has already been able to help in many places. Where your donations have already had a positive impact and why help is still urgently needed, we report in "Waldorf Worldwide".

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12 months - 12 fairy tales: Our fairy tale of the month

As part of WOW-Day last year, we asked all participating projects to send us one of their favourite fairy tales. Since January we have been publishing one of these fairy tales every month. Now we have arrived at the penultimate fairy tale of the year. A fairy tale about poverty, wealth, arrogance, mysterious trees and a sea goddess. The story comes from the Mbagathi Waldorf School in Nairobi, Kenya.

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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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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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