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Free Play – Now and Then

For a long time, free play has been neglected for the sake of early literacy and numeracy. The appreciation of free play has only been revived in the last few years. But is it really seen and understood for what it means to the child? How do we, as parents and educators, approach free play? What does it mean to us?

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Pädagogische Sektion

Project 'Teach the Teachers'

Are you excited again and again by Steiner's educational impulse? Is it a heartfelt affair and a daily source of inspiration for you? Do you truly say 'Yes' to people as physical and spiritual beings?

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Who determines who we are?

The broad field of femininity/masculinity offers a wealth of fluid identificational references and developmental possibilities if with humour and goodwill we allow our children’s and grandchildren’s generation to undergo the experiences they are seeking.

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Waldorf education on the move in Asia

More than 900 people attended the recent Asian Waldorf Teachers’ Conference in China. Among other things, the conference discussed issues facing Waldorf establishments, including their legal status and cultural adaptation

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Developing Pedagogical Quality – but how?

Thomas Stöckli and his team at the Institute for Action Research in Switzerland have developed a method to develop the educational quality of teaching.

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Putting modern childhood under the spotlight

The International Festival of Childhood, planned for later this year, aims to examine the issues affecting modern childhood. The evidence suggests that there is a massive toll on child health and wellbeing, say the organisers. … >>

Project of the Month: Waldorf Education in Sierra Leone

On the outskirts of Freetown, the capital city, a group of teachers are trying to establish the Goderich Waldorf School.

Von: Nana Göbel

Attempting Waldorf Education in Sierra Leone

Until 2002 a gruesome civil war raged in Sierra Leone. In fact, country and people are recovering very slowly from the horrors that lie behind them. Even today, Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world (ranked 180 of 187 in 2011). On the outskirts of Freetown, the capital city, a group of teachers are trying to establish a slightly different school. Working with traumatised children after the end of war, two social workers were looking for an alternative educational philosophy and thus initiated the emergence of a Waldorf inspired school: the Goderich Waldorf School. At GWS all children wear a blue school uniform, which is quite special because they are the only clothes without holes and patches. Indeed, the children are proud of their beautiful blue outfit and wash it every night. The ever-growing number of children attending this school also receives a hot lunch (unfortunately not everyday), which is often their only meal of the day. If we manage to raise donations on a regular basis again, then lunch could be served regularly as well.

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