Exactly 100 years after the opening of the first Waldorf School on the Uhlandshöhe in Stuttgart, a new Waldorf School opened in Dessau - it is now one of about 1,150 Waldorf Schools worldwide. The school in Dessau has - just like the Uhlandshöhe 100 years earlier, already achieved a lot before the opening: A suitable school building was found, which was renovated and furnished, teachers were found and trained and parents in the surrounding area were informed about the features of Waldorf education.
What happened 100 years ago repeats itself in large parts with every school founding - in Germany and all over the world. Setting up a school is always a special challenge. In the vast majority of countries, independent schools do not receive any state support at all - there are no financial resources available for schools in the founding phase. For the Friends of Waldorf Education it is very important to support these schools. For this reason, on the following pages we present three exemplary schools that are in the founding phase: the Dublin Steiner School in Ireland, the KATÙ school in San José - Costa Rica, and the LunaSol initiative in Cuenca - Ecuador.