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St. Petersburg: Funding only covers half the year’s expenses

Russia: It began in 1992, when two Waldorf teachers established a full-time teacher training. After studying for two years a group of teachers and educators founded the Centre for Waldorf Education, which included the seminar, the kindergarten and a first grade.

The kindergarten started out in the same building as the teacher-training seminar. After a few years, the kindergarten needed more space and had to move several times. The seminar continued its work until 2003 and accomplished the training of four graduating classes of teachers, who now work in different kindergartens and schools throughout Russia.

With the help of the Friends of Waldorf Education, the Centre for Waldorf Education began a major project: the search, acquisition and reconstruction of a building that could accommodate all initiatives: the school, the kindergarten and the seminar. In 1999 the school began with the reconstruction.

The school had to wait ten years until it was able to move into the new building. As time passed, the number of students and teachers continued to rise and the high school was officially accredited.

The school community celebrates the traditional festivals together, such as Michaelmas, the Lantern Festival, or the Russian Maslenitza. Another popular tradition is performances: theatre plays, music, Eurythmy and circus. Furthermore, international projects and a summer camp take place in the small Russian village Gorneshno, where field measuring excursions and agriculture camps have become a tradition.

Unfortunately, non public schools in Russia are funded by the state only during the second half of the year. Therefore the school has to pre-fund the money needed for restoration of the sport facility or the playground. Not an easy task.

The St. Petersburg Waldorf School hopes to receive more money for its budget this year, because the number of students grows gradually, and the kindergarten is now officially licensed.

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