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2019 will be WOW-Year. This means that you can hold your fundraising activities throughout the year, even several times. Together, we would like to celebrate that the foundation of the first Waldorf School in 1919 has turned into a worldwide movement. Together we would like to make a powerful start into the second century of Waldorf Schools and lay the foundation for another 100 years of Waldorf with the following anniversary themes.

centennial projects für WOW-Year

ideas for WOW-Year

Cooperation with the Waldorf100-marathon

In cooperation with the Waldorf100-marathon, we would like to invite you to various sporting activities, which will connect schools around the world in the anniversary year. Whether you would like to organize a joint running event of several schools starting at different points and finishing at one point so the distances covered form a star or a relay across the country. For each track covered, the runners ask for small or large donations, which can go from private to large corporate donations.

Option 1: Relay race
The relay race involves carrying a symbolic object from school to school, so that in the end many runners together cover a great distance. The duration of the race depends on how many schools join in. It can range from one day to a whole year – everything is possible.

Option 2: A star run
One day – one race! And each school is a star. On a designated day, the young athletes from the various schools start from different points and move toward a common end point, forming a star. Whether you move on water or on land – it is your choice. When everyone has reached the finishing line, there will be a big celebration showing the great variety of Waldorf education.

detailed project description

centennial projects for WOW-Year

Register for the Waldorf100-marathon around the globe
Let us know if you're planning a fundraiser. Only if we know about your plans can we make your commitment visible and connect people on all continents. Click here for online registration.

We look forward to pics of runners from around the world!

Centennial projects for WOW-Year

On your plates, get set, go! Run for school meals

Can you imagine sitting in class with an empty stomach? Thank goodness there's something tasty in the cafeteria. What a luxury! Because not every Waldorf school in the world has its own school kitchen. But it is important to regularly recharge your body’s energy stores. That is the only way one can discover the secrets of black holes or solve mathematical puzzles. A daily school lunch is especially important for all those students whose parents live below subsistence level and send their children to school without a breakfast or snack. But the food should not just be filling; it should also be tasty and varied. Since many Waldorf Schools do not receive state support, a plate of food for every child is only possible through donations – that is what we would like to run for together in 2019!

If you would like to support this project, please indicate the keyword "school meals" when registering.

Run for the youngest ones

In 2019 we would like to support Waldorf kindergartens, which give children protection and loving care from an early age on. For many young families, managing their daily lives is a challenge. There is barely enough money for food, rent, and clothes. Often, both parents go to work to secure the family income. During the day, the children are on their own. In some parts of the world they even roam the streets, where they are defenseless against crime and violence. In a kindergarten they find a secure place, a safe home where they can play and receive the care that their own parents cannot offer them. Let's start together - and enable our little ones to have a carefree childhood right from the start!

If you would like to support this project, please indicate the keyword "kindergarten" when registering.

Tailwind for pioneers

Together we want to take off into the second century of Waldorf Education. In 2019, we want to support people who have the courage to found a Waldorf school. These pioneers are breaking new ground and creating an alternative to the state systems. With untiring commitment, they fight against the severe obstacles and restrictions in the respective country, building islands of humanity that give children a warm place to learn. But strength alone is not enough if there is no money to pay the electricity bills, buy school materials, or pay the teachers a small subsidy to their meager salary. Our donations relieve the pioneers of many a heavy burden - and provide a tailwind on the way ahead!

If you would like to support this project, please indicate the keyword "pioneers" when registering.

Your school will transfer the money you collected directly to the Friends of Waldorf Education and we will forward 100% of it to the projects worldwide. We will cover the administrative costs, so that not one cent is lost.

If there is a specific Waldorf institution that you already feel connected to, e.g. your partner school, please state the exact name when registering. If you would like to leave the destination of your donation open, this is of course also possible. Your donation will be used where it is urgently needed.

Bank Transfer

Freunde der Erziehungskunst
GLS Bank Bochum
IBAN DE09430609670013042015
please quote: WOW19+name of your school


Coordination WOW-Day
Jana-Nita Raker
Ph +49 (0)30 617026 30

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