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A Waldorf school surrounded by olive trees and vineyards

Being a Waldorf teacher in Italy is, in most cases, a painstaking task. They are passionate about their job, they connect with wonderful, open-minded children, but they barely earn enough to make a living. There are no government subsidies, and a suitable school building is unaffordable.

Deep down in the south lies the region Apulia, home to one solitary Waldorf school and to the Associazione Pedagogica Steineriana „Giardino degli Ulivi“ near Manduria. It is surrounded by age-old olive trees that bear testimony to a centuries-old agricultural tradition. But nowadays, making a living from agriculture alone is hardly possible. That is why people are moving away from this region. The countryside grows ever emptier.

For twenty-five years, a highly committed group of teachers and parents have been building a Waldorf kindergarten and a Waldorf school – in rented rooms. And the contract has just been terminated. Now they urgently need a new building. But they can’t afford it. Thus, any support is very welcome.

Nana Goebel

 

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