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.
Thanks to donations from our International Cooperation Fund, we have been able to equip the Rudolf Steiner School Mbagathi with laptops. In the school's latest newsletter, one of the teachers describes how their work is facilitated at this time by using the equipment: "At the beginning of the year, due to the COVID 19 outbreak, the government closed schools for an indefinite period. This meant that we had to prepare ourselves for a lengthy period of distance learning. We investigated several ways to do this effectively, and it became clear that distance learning cannot be adequately carried out with mobile phones alone, so we were not adequately equipped. This created a need to acquire laptop devices. The laptops, individually and collectively, have made our work easier, more efficient and more enjoyable during this phase. Today we are well equipped to work better with our children during the shut-down caused by the Corona crisis. Towards the end of each year, it was always a...Learn more
A strict lock-down was also imposed in Nepal due to the pandemic. More and more often we receive reports that the police sometimes react to infringements of the lock-down with violent force. Many people have lost their incomes and are barely able to support themselves. Nepal is heavily dependent on imports, especially for food, which is leading to hefty price increases, due to the crisis. "The government has announced that it will raise taxes", we hear from the recently founded Himalayan Waldorf School in Kathmandu. "But if people are not allowed to work and consequently have no income, how are they supposed to pay taxes?" Ambiguous statements from the government are adding to the unsettled mood: "One day it is said that the regulations are being relaxed and the next day the rules are even stricter." The school tries to help by distributing food to people in the area. We were able to secure the salaries of the teachers for four months with €4,760 from your donations. It is totally...Learn more
In Bosnia-Herzegovina there are currently no Waldorf Schools. but a small number of Waldorf kindergartens. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, closures and work-bans have been imposed on professions that are not part of the public services. This has led to a severe loss of income for many families. For the Kolibica kindergarten in Sarajevo, founded five years ago, the consequences were felt quickly. Arising from our appeal for donations: "Mitigating the consequences of the Corona crisis", we have been able to support three kindergartens in Sarajevo with financial support of more than €35,000. One of them is the kindergarten Kolibica, to which we will provide the kindergarten in Kolibica with a monthly amount of approximately €2,800 for five months, starting in April. This will enable the kindergarten to continue paying the salaries of the kindergarten teachers. In an email, the kindergarten leader thanked us from the bottom of her heart: "Our thanks for your support is huge! The help came...Learn more
Besides the Bruh Tesfa School in Hawzien we received a second application for support from Ethiopia, from the Waldorf Kindergarten Hamer in Addis Ababa. The kindergarten, founded just two years ago, will be closed for at least five months. In an e-mail to us the kindergarten teachers report on their current everyday life: "The pandemic has changed everything we are used to - now we are making new experiences. To stay in touch with the children, we put together work-packs of paper and crayons, stories, cards and handwork materials for the different age-groups twice a month. These packs are collected from us by the parents. We are six teachers, two in each class. Two colleagues come every two weeks and prepare the packs for the children. We also use the time to work together through a module on the twelve senses, as part of our teacher training. Thanks to the Friends of Waldorf Education we can continue paying the salaries of all the teachers. In economic terms, most of the parents have...Learn more