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Aimar Zabaleta attends the 12th grade of the Waldorfschule Überlingen on Lake Constance. For five years now, Aimar has been active in the worldwide student campaign WOW-Day. read the interview

For the 10th time already, the Hungarian Waldorf School in Vàc took part in the worldwide day of action. For this reason, students and teachers from 6th to 8th grade gathered one Saturday morning on the market square of the city.  more

interview: “A great chance to help other people”

Aimar Zabaleta attends the 12th grade of the Waldorfschule Überlingen on Lake Constance. He comes from Spain originally, but has lived in Germany for more than twelve years. For five years now, Aimar has been active in the worldwide student campaign WOW-Day. A member of the student council, he provides his fellow students with information on the campaign, invites interesting speakers from international projects, and does the bookkeeping when the donations of the school community are collected. Our WOW-Day coordinator Jana-Nita Raker met the committed 17-year old during the 26th Federal Students Conference (Bundesschülertagung) in Kaltenkirchen. They spoke about Waldorf School, WOW-Day, and his hopes for the future.

Aimar, what does Waldorf School mean to you?
To me, Waldorf School means a somewhat alternative program, most of all in the early years up to 8th grade. The priorities are especially artistic skills and the development of your own personality, not just intellectual achievements.

In your position as student representative you work hard for the concerns of your fellow students. What do you do when you are not at school?
I play volleyball and I like taking photographs. I also love riding my racing bicycle.

Why do you take part in the worldwide student campaign WOW-Day?
For me, WOW-Day is a very good opportunity to take a stand for other people, already at a young age, and simply do something. Usually, one does not get the chance to go to work for a whole day at the age of 13, 14 or 15. To donate the money one has earned to people who might need it more than we do, feels like a wonderful way to help people in other places.

What is your school doing on WOW-Day?
Every year, WOW-Day takes place on 29 September. We get one day off from school and can go working instead. We collect the money we earn to then donate it to different institutions. The classes decide for themselves which projects they would like to support with their donation.

How would you motivate others to take part in WOW-Day?
I think they should take part for the same reasons I take part. It is a great chance to help other people.

What are your hopes for the future?
With respect to school here in Germany: more Civic Education. In general, more education or more schools all over the world. So that all children can form their own opinions. This is, I think, a very, very important matter, that we need to pursue.

WOW-Day in Hungary

For the 10th time already, the Hungarian Waldorf School in Vàc took part in the worldwide day of action. For this reason, students and teachers from 6th to 8th grade gathered one Saturday morning on the market square of the city. Equipped with self-made shields and wooden swords, the sixth-graders marched across the square and thus attracted many curious onlookers for the subsequent singing by all three classes. In addition, individual students showed street acrobatics and sold self-made postcards or self-baked treats. Soon, the first donations could be collected, and there was a lively exchange between viewers, students, and teachers in the middle of the market square. The organizers raised a total of 50.000 Forint, about 160 Euros, on this day. The donations help Waldorf facilities to admit children from poorer families and to give them a warmhearted place to learn.

WOW-Day 2017

Revenue: 212.086,53 Euro

(Update: 17.01.2018)

 

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