IASWECE Newsletter
May 2014

Dear friends and colleagues,


Are you fortunate enough to live in a country where your colleagues from Waldorf kindergartens and child care centers meet from time to time to learn from one another, formulate their ideals more clearly for their daily work with young children, and warmly perceive the initiatives of one another? Such an atmosphere fosters the growth of our movement.


Do you live with the conscious awareness that you have colleagues scattered all across the globe working in diverse social and cultural contexts in the service of the developing human being, attempting with the help of Waldorf education to strengthen the creativity, vitality and life confidence of the young child? Such an awareness of a worldwide community of colleagues can contribute to the strengthening of constructive, life-affirming forces in an age of globalization where it is quite well known that there are also other less helpful forces at work.


IASWECE has given itself the task of fostering such worldwide awareness. The articles in this newsletter offer a small contribution - impressions from Zimbabwe, Russia and Costa Rica, as well as short reports from conferences in Romania, Ukraine, USA, France, and Scandinavia.

Links to articles and research reports in the right hand column of the newsletter also lead to a wealth of good ideas regarding the development of the child.


With warm wishes,


Philipp Reubke, Clara Aerts und Susan Howard

In This issue
Rostov-on Don, Russia
Country Association Meetings
Costa Rica
Recent Research

Waldorf Education in Zimbabwe
Florence Hibbeler

Kufunda Learning Village - a village community on a farm near Harare. This colorful, diverse twelve-year-old community of young people has always stayed in close communication with the villages the young people came from, villages where, among other initiatives, simple child care centers were opened to take care of the many AIDS orphans.  

Read more 


Waldorf Education in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Philipp Reubke 

Rostov is in the south of Russia, not far from the Black Sea - only 70 km from the Ukrainian border, but 1000 km or more from Moscow. Architecture in the Soviet style still dominates the city; all but a few charming vestiges of old Russia were destroyed in the serious fighting of World War II.There is a lot of poverty and there are also signs of aggressive capitalism,as well as warm-heartedness and hospitality.

Read more  

Short Reports about Country Association Meetings
Short reports and photos from conferences and further trainings in the US, France, Romania, France, Ukraine and the Nordic Countries

Impressions from a Waldorf Kindergarten in Costa Rica
Louise De Forest
Read the presentation

Recent Research



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