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Waldorf in the Basque Country

The Basque Country is a rather autonomous region of Spain, economically successful, very catholic and conservative. The Basque Country has its own education acts, to be observed by any school, no matter if it is a state school, a catholic school, or a school that operates independently.

The only Waldorf School in the Basque Country is located in the village of Trokoniz close to Vitoria Gasteiz overlooking a wide valley, a medieval monastery, and the Camino. The teachers of the Geroa Eskola mostly teach combined classes, but it is much more difficult than in comparable schools because they have to teach both in Spanish and in Basque. Basically, only Basques can become teachers, for hardly anyone else learns this language correctly.

To keep its authorization for the upper grades, the school had to make a huge effort and erect a sufficiently large building – beyond the realistic possibilities, actually. In contradiction to their pre-construction approval, the authorities requested cost-intensive modifications during the construction. The school is therefore facing huge challenges and needs all the help it can get.

Nana Goebel

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