The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education


Published on January 12th, 2018 | by ECSWE


Council meeting at the Goetheanum, November 2017

From 17th-19th November 2017, ECSWE met at the Goetheanum in Dornach. This was a special meeting, as the International Forum for Steiner Waldorf Education and ECSWE held two joint sessions. While the International Forum addresses educational and social issues worldwide, ECSWE mainly conducts advocacy at EU level and provides a space for its national members to exchange. For this reason, such opportunities for joint meetings are rare.

In our joint sessions we looked into the history of ECSWE and its origins within the International Forum. We then explored how to find a well-balanced relationship between wholeness and fragmentation of learning pathways from birth until the end of childhood and we discussed the implications of student assessment and evaluation for Waldorf education. Finally, both organisations exchanged on planned activities worldwide to celebrate the Centennial of the Waldorf movement in 2019.

Our internal work consisted of a presentation of the new ECSWE factsheet, a networking session for Council members to exchange on their national challenges, an advocacy report from Brussels, domestic reports from Italy, Belgium and Finland, an update on the delivery of the New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education in Europe, and a guest report of the European Network of Steiner Waldorf Parents.

During the sessions, national representatives were offered guided tours exploring the Rudolf Steiner Archives and the glass windows in the Great Hall. On Saturday evening, most of us visited the Eurythmy performance das Rätsel des Judas.

Picture: Goetheanum in der Südansicht, by Wladyslaw (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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