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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.

Air raid shelters for schools in Ukraine

September marks the start of the new school year in Ukraine, where attacks by the Russian army have lasted for over six months. During the summer holidays, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education issued a decree stating that schools in Ukraine may only start operating if they have enough shelters where students and all staff can take cover in case of direct fire. The concern is quite justified. Evaluations by the Ukrainian authorities show that 2,300 of the total 17,000 schools in Ukraine have already been damaged by the belligerent attacks. The need to provide shelters poses particular challenges for all schools in Ukraine - but especially for Waldorf schools, only a small proportion of which receive any state support at all. Already two Waldorf schools in Ukraine have asked us for financial support to build a shelter: The small school in Krivij Rih and the Stupeni Waldorf School in Odessa. The latter reports on the construction work: "We have started building the air-raid shelter in…

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Ukraine: We stay in contact with every family

The massive military attacks on parts of Ukraine have continued for more than 100 days. Thanks to the many donations that reached us after our urgent appeal at the end of February, we were able to help all schools to continue offering lessons - mostly as online lessons. This was also the case at the Stupeni Waldorf School in Odessa. In a letter at the beginning of June, Natalia Lukyanchenko told us about this special work and the end of the school year.

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Georgia: A wonderful social togetherness

Since 1995, the Michael School in Tbilisi has offered children in need of unusual care opportunities to learn in a loving environment, and according to their possibilities. In Georgia, there are hardly any social or welfare programmes for people with disabilities and their families. Therapeutic education and social therapy institutions receive no funding from the state. That is why the Friends of Waldorf Education have been providing support to pay colleagues’ salaries at the Michael School in Tbilisi for many years, and also helping to fund the construction of the school. Janette Gülker-Neuhaus is a therapeutic education teacher in Everswinkel and she visited the Michael School in October 2021 and spring 2022. She reports for us on everyday life at the school.

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School Building: the latest issue of "Waldorf Worlwide"

One of the biggest challenges in founding but also in growing a school or kindergarten is to find suitable rooms in which the children feel comfortable and can learn and play well. We are always happy to help at this particularly difficult point. You can read more about current building projects in the cover story of our latest issue of "Waldorf Worldwide".

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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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Kiev: Help for the children of the curative education center

Since 2004, the Center for Curative Education Sonyachne Podvirya has been caring for children and young people with varying degrees of disability. After the attacks on Ukraine began at the end of February, some of the school's families were already able to leave the country. But most have remained in Kiev. The curative education school had to close, but the curative educators on site continue to care for the students, who either live in their own homes or with friends or relatives on the outskirts of Kiev. During attacks, families seek shelter in basements (photo) or even bathrooms - any room that has no windows or exterior walls is safer. "Our only full time work right now is to stay safe, sane, warm and to have enough supplies," two of the remedial teachers at the school reported in a March 6 email. They are in desperate need of financial support at this time, as they are not receiving private donations or government assistance locally. We have already been able to transfer a first amount. The money was received with great relief, as now the children and families can be better provided for. We very much hope that we can continue to help here. …

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Ukraine: Fleeing the war

The Friends of Waldorf Education is preparing a series of actions to help traumatized, frightened refugees on the borders of Ukraine, as well as those who remain in Ukraine.

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Film awards for #KidsOnTech

The fifth and last "Waldorf 100" film, #KidsOnTech, looks at childhood in the digital age and the responsibilities of adults. The film, which is primarily aimed at parents, is primarily supported by aspects of Waldorf education, without putting the education itself in the foreground. Instead, the technological revolution that we are living through is depicted with examples from several continents and focuses on the ambivalent and challenging relationship between digital technology and child development. With this and its modern visual language, #KidsOnTech strikes a resonant chord with the times, and this surely also has something to do with the fact that the film offers neither patent remedies nor doomsday scenarios, but instead invites a dialogue about what really matters now. Since its official release in early July 2021, #KidsOnTech has won first prize for direction (Paul Zehrer), and production (Henning Kullak-Ublick), at several international documentary and "art" film festivals…

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Learning Springs From a ‘Place of Cool Waters’

In the middle of December, after a Corona-induced pause of 2 years, the East African Teacher Training (EATT) Course resumed its work at Rudolf Steiner School Mbagathi on the outskirts of Nairobi (‘place of cool waters’ in Massai language).

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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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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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