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Education needs nourishment

In our latest call for danations as well as in the current issue of our nesletter "Waldorf Worldwide" we would like to focus on a special topic: food. Far too often, we underestimate the importance of a nourishing diet during school time, as well as the challenges running a school cafeteria brings with it. In most families around the globe, both parents are at work during the day and thus need to rely on all-day care offers, which also have to feed the children. As you will read in this issue, some parents are hardly able to feed their families because of a low income. But, of course, there is more to school lunch than just being filling. To be able to learn well, children need a sensible, thought-out diet: education needs nourishment. The following links will provide you with further information on the subject, as well as on schools that urgently need support.

Education needs nourishment

Topic: School meals

Providing students with hot meals is always a challenge: financially, educationally, and culinarily as well. This of course also applies to Waldorf schools – in Germany and all over the world.

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Interview with Heidi Leonhard

“The school kitchen should not be a for-profit business ...“

Heidi Leonhard has been a domestic science teacher and nutrition expert for many years. She teaches sustainable cooking –also, for example, for former participants in the voluntary services of the Friends of Waldorf Education. She organizes the...

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Kenya: Rudolf Steiner School in Mbagathi/Nairobi

"Most of the families really struggle to provide food for the children"

Serious drought can be seen all over the dry savannah-landscape near Nairobi in Kenya, where the Rudolf Steiner School Mbagathi is situated. Long dry cracks are spreading networks through the soil and the acacia trees are dusty grey and brown....

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Ethiopia: Hawzen

“There are some students whose parents can only provide one meal a day“

The Waldorf Kindergarten in the small town of Hawzen in northern Ethiopia was founded in 2006, followed by a school in 2014. The parents are only able to pay symbolic fees to the school and the kindergarten. The school’s founder Atsbaha...

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Kenya: Humane School in Kitale

“Most of the children come from very poor families”

Providing lunch is also an important aspect at the Humane School in Kenya. Outside the regional capital of Kitale and just 25 km away from the border to Uganda: Here, Juliet Mia together with several colleagues, began to build a village school. Most...

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Brazil: Projeto Salva Dor

“Usually our children don’t get breakfast at home”

Salvador is one of the poorest cities in Brazil. In the midst of this poverty, the Projeto Salva Dor offers a supplementary program of Waldorf educational activities before and after school for about 50 children. Here, children between the ages of...

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Tanzania: Creative Education Foundation in Zanzibar

Starting into Life from the Back of the Field

The little Waldorf School of the Creative Education Foundation in Zanzibar started 2012. In the semi-autonomous island state off the cost of Tanzania, half of the population lives below the poverty line; about 12 percent of children are malnourished....

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Haiti: École du Village

“There is a lack of everything“

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. "The children who come to our school live in very difficult situations," explains school founder Myriam Silien, "there is a lack of everything or almost everything, especially food,...

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South Africa: Zenzeleni Waldorf School in Khayelitsha

"For many children, fresh fruit and vegetables are a luxury”

In 1999 the Centre for Creative Education in Khayelitsha founded Zenzeleni Waldorf School. Khayelitsha is one of the biggest townships of Cape Town and emerged during apartheid in the 1950s. At that time, the black population was banned from living...

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