Brazil: The Escola Veredas is a Waldorf school located in Campinas, about an hour from São Paulo. The school was founded in 2002 and is self-governed and not profit oriented. The initiative was founded by people, who see Waldorf as a form of education that makes students aware of the world and provides them with a creative understanding. In this green suburban area, the teachers always try to include nature into their lessons.
Campinas is a city in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo and is located about 100 km north of the capital. Campinas is a major industrial and commercial center of trade. The region around Campinas generates about 9% of Brazil's Gross Domestic Product with just slightly more than 3% of the of the country's population. The per capita income is among the highest in Latin America. Campinas is also known as the “Brazilian Silicon Valley.”
Despite all this, there are also many problems that cannot be ignored. Although many inhabitants pursue a well-paid job, there is also a high level of unemployment, drug use, violence and the infrastructure in the slums of the Favelas is worse than useless. The school, however, is almost idyllically located in a district, which is home to many middle-class families.
Already during the 1980s the first informal meetings of interested parties took place and the desire was expressed to improve school quality. At the end of the 1990s the Association for Waldorf Education was founded, which supported the establishing of the first school grades. The school was named Escola Waldorf Veredas, after a famous Brazilian book written by João Guimarães Rosa. After a large donation the school was able to acquire 14 square kilometers of land just a few years later.
Today, more than 180 children attend the Escola Waldorf Veredas, from kindergarten through 8th grade. The school has very dedicated teachers, for whom it is very important to work in an innovative way and create a special atmosphere for the children. The students are very eager to learn and one can instantly see that they like to go to school.