Steiner-Waldorf education arose in the aftermath of the First World War as nations strove to reconcile their differences and educationalists sought to meet the needs of war-affected children. Today there continue to be many parts of the world devastated by war and burdened by poverty, countries in which Waldorf education is as relevant now as it ever was.
Connecting Continents is about raising awareness of the plight of such children, about reaching across to communities in need, and about fostering Waldorf education around the globe. Our aim is to make a positive difference, both to the children of the schools with which we connect and to our own pupils by broadening their horizons and deepening their understanding of those communities. With the launch of the Connecting Continents initiative in 2009, the first school we supported was the Goderich Steiner School in Sierra Leone.
This year, 2012 we are supporting the Ein Bustan school in Israel. More details on this to follow shortly.
Easter Conference 2009
In April 2009 our school hosted the annual national Steiner-Waldorf Schools Fellowship teachers’ conference. Its theme was Worldwide Waldorf: Meeting the World through Waldorf Education. One highlight, reported on in the Fellowship newsletter, was a presentation by the charity, Consult-Educ, about the setting up of a child-centred teacher training programme based on Steiner-Waldorf pedagogy.