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The end of a Waldorf School?

By Andreas Maria Schäfer, January 2015

Is it possible for a well-established Waldorf school which can look back on 40 years of school history to descend into such a state of crisis that it finds itself facing its closure? Yes. But there are ways to avert such a fate and start over again. [more]

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Inclusion in Armenia. Waldorf education centre opened in Yerevan

By Thomas Kraus, December 2014

There are strong prejudices against people with disabilities in Armenia. Often they are hidden away at home. The Waldorf school in Yerevan has worked for integration since it was founded. A teacher established an association which acquired a building in which fifty children and young people can now learn in fully equipped workshops.  [more]

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In Prague eurythmy is an exam subject

By Angelika Storch, December 2014

In the Czech Republic, eurythmy can be chosen as an exam subject. This does not diminish the enthusiasm for the subject, the intensity of the work and the magic of this art.  [more]

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Gerald Häfner’s address to ECSWE

By Georg Jürgens, December 2014

ECSWE was honoured to welcome former MEP Gerald Häfner at the last Council meeting in Brussels and Court-Saint-Etienne. Häfner, a former Waldorf teacher and founding Member of the German Greens, was invited to speak on decision-making in Brussels. His presentation consisted of a general part covering European Integration and the European law-making process and a more specific input covering Educational Policy and potential fields of activity for ECSWE. [more]

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Report on the ECSWE Conference in Belgium

By Marinka Špodnak, December 2014

A late summer morning. It was going to be a sunny day. A fresh breeze was blowing, and the early birds were waiting for the other colleagues in front of the Willy Brandt Building, which is located in Brussels’ European quarter. Straight lines, surfaces of stone and glass. Everything was huge. [more]

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Waldorf education in Ethiopia

By Angelika Wagner, November 2014

Ethiopia is a high country in northeast Africa with a long history. Known as Punt at the time of the pharaohs and Aksum in the Roman period, this mighty empire made Christianity the state religion even before Rome and Ethiopians still have a deep connection with it. But Ethiopia also possesses the oldest Muslim community outside Mecca and Medina and, furthermore, has had a small Jewish community for thousands of years. More than 200 ethnic groups of diverse religions live together in Ethiopia today. [more]

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A niche in decreed happiness. The first Waldorf school in Venezuela

By Thomas Wildgruber, September 2014

A group of parents in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, intends to go public with the idea of a Waldorf school. There is currently a debate in the universities about “the return of humanism in education”. So the time is right and I travelled to Venezuela in the autumn of 2013 to support this impulse. [more]

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International Masters Programme in Stuttgart

By Peter Lutzker, September 2014

From 2015, an international postgraduate course in English for class and subject teachers will be offered for the first time at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart teacher training college. This accredited MA course is financed exclusively through generous donations from a series of foundations as well as through student fees. [more]

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The right to education. 25 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

By Olivia Girard, September 2014

“The education of the child shall be directed to the development of the child's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential.” UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 [more]

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A modern American fairy tale

By Martyn Rawson, June 2014

The numbers of Waldorf-inspired charter and public schools are rapidly rising in the USA. In the past, the association of privately-financed Waldorf schools has tended to view this model with some scepticism. Martyn Rawson reports about current developments. [more]

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