Young writers, Refugees

The dark corner

By Clara Deifel, October 2016

I know they haven’t done me any harm. I know it’s not their fault. I know they’re not any different to us. I know that people who think like that are racists. And yet my heart always beats a little bit faster as I hurry past giving the “dark corner” a wide berth. [more]

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What connects us? Waldorf pupils from all over the world meet at the Goetheanum

By Sophie Marie Teske, September 2015

From 12 to 16 April the international Waldorf students’ conference at the Goetheanum asked: “What connects us?” [more]

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Come to help

By Sebastian Puschner, April 2015

Mpho Sengane grew up in a South African children’s home and kept running away to beg on the streets. Today he works as a volunteer in a Waldorf day care centre in Karlsruhe. [more]

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Change your ways! An appeal to the Waldorf school

By Friederike Faber, February 2015

“This is necessary to prepare you for later life!” – how often have I heard this argument at the end of every discussion. How often have I allowed myself to be persuaded by this standard response from almost every teacher. [more]

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A school which gives and receives

By Darija Koljadko, November 2013

The former pupils from our school are often asked what their school has given them. That appears to be a simple question. But at the same time this question is the most important one there is because the answer contains everything which is concealed behind the idea of being a pupil in a Waldorf school. [more]

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We are only the others abroad. A journey to Vietnam

By Valentin Hacken, August 2013

Never before have so many young Germans travelled abroad – on the road with a rucksack or as volunteers for a wide range of aid organisations. Valentin Hacken met some of them in Vietnam. [more]

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My brief life with death

By Anna Magdalena Claus, November 2012

“I will probably never knot a tie with such a peculiar feeling again,” I reflect and pull the wide end of the tie through the loop. Done. He looks good the way he is lying there, in his best suit and the wreath of roses around the pale, folded hands. Diego died a few hours ago at the age of 62. Diego was not related to me, we weren’t friends either. Nevertheless, my contact with him recently was very close – I nursed him until he died. The reason for that is my four-week work placement in a hospice in Zurich. I can’t say exactly why I particularly wanted to spend these four weeks with terminally ill people. I think I was interested above all in gaining an insight into life situations which were alien to me. Whereas I am young and have a thousand... [more]

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Probing in the dark

By Anna Magdalena Claus, June 2012

Everything turns black in front of my eyes and that is as it should be. Merve is 19 and will accompany me. She has been blind from birth. She has learnt to rely on her ears, can use her white cane in such a way that it helps instead of hinders her, and does not (any longer) have problems asking strangers for help. We meet in front of the “Nikolaus­pflege” building, a foundation for visually impaired and blind people in Stuttgart.  My hand feels about in the air for a few seconds before it finds Merve’s small hand and squeezes it in welcome. I get to know Merve in the same way as she gets to know me because I have decided to put on my eye patches before we meet. She introduces herself in an alert voice and hands me the white cane. Our... [more]

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FRUTICULTURA. A friendship which bears fruit

By Valentin Ihßen, April 2012

In the “Discover diversity” competition of the German environmental foundation Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the “Brasilog e.V.” association started by pupils from the Sorsum Free Waldorf School won first prize in the 17- 25 age group and “Act globally” category. The award carries prize money of 1000 euros.  [more]

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Methodos – a school by pupils for pupils

By Dorothée Krämer, February 2012

Waldorf pupils prepare themselves for their final exams – outside school and independently. A participant reports. [more]