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Published on May 4th, 2018 | by ECSWE


Impressions from WOW-Day 2017

On the big campaign day „Waldorf-One-World-Day“, WOW-Day for short, young people and children are actively campaigning for a better world. The revenues grant children school time, a sheltering community, or a warm meal.

 WOW-Day in Italy: “We are a part of a whole”

Worldwide solidarity with Waldorf educational institutions – that is the idea behind “Waldorf One World,” WOW-Day for short. On a specified day, dedicated people collect donations in many different ways to give them to Waldorf facilities in need. Last year, for the first time, Scuola Steineriana Colli Euganei participated in WOW-Day. The School in northern Italy chooses to integrate their WOW-Day activity into the annual Saint Martin’s walk. And that for a very specific reason as Fabio Montelatici, one of the teachers, explains:

“When we thought about how to participate in this year’s WOW-Day, the most significant choice seemed the Saint Martin’s walk. This walk, with all its lights carried by the children, speaks of hope in times of darkness, of light in the shadows and difficulties of the world. Saint Martin stops in the middle of winter’s cold to share his cloak with a poor man. He stops for a gift, for love. That’s why we found natural to “stop” for a moment in this festivity, and share our work with someone who is, right here, right now, more affected by the cold than we are. We stopped for sharing, to remember we’re not a single school doing its own business, but a part of a whole, of a worldwide organism we care about. Lighting our lamps for our children, for our parents, for the stars above, and also for our friends around the world, was for us an incredible gift. We are happy and grateful we can share it with you.”

The organizers raised a proud sum of money on this day. The donations help Waldorf facilities to admit children from poorer families and to give them a warmhearted place to learn.

WOW-Day in Ukraine: “A celebration connects the entire school“

Anna Voloshyna is a German teacher at the Waldorf School in Krivoy Rog. Krivoj Rog is an industrial city stretching 120 km along two rivers, located about 170 km from Dnepropetrovsk. In 1992, an initiative began to study Waldorf education. 1994 a first class was founded within a state school. In December 2002, the school got a two-floor kindergarten building and was accredited by the municipal school administration as a state school with a Waldorf-educational orientation (accreditation for 11 grades, as is standard in Ukraine). Today, the Waldorf School in Krivoj Rog has two kindergarten groups and 11 classes with 261 students and 26 teachers. Last year, a workshop building was constructed, which was only possible thanks to the support of foundations and of the Friends of Waldorf Education. Such an investment would not have been possible with nothing but the school’s means. Only with great effort are many parents able to contribute to the school’s running costs.

This makes it all the more noteworthy that in 2017 the school community took part in WOW-Day, for the first time, in order to help other Waldorf institutions around the world. “We are aware that there are still many schools that need help. That is why we have decided to take part in WOW-Day”, Anna Voloshyna explains. On WOW-Day, students, teachers, and parents sung, played, painted, photographed, baked, crafted, sold sweets, dressed hair, and had a lot of fun together. “It was like a celebration, bringing together the entire school. We are happy and satisfied that everything went well. And how pleasant it is to think that everybody can help others”, the active teacher sums things up, “you can simply join in!”

Participating in the Waldorf One World-Day

ECSWE invites all students, teachers, and parents to become a part of this worldwide event and to organize your own WOW-Day. The proceeds of the fundraising campaign are compiled by the Friends of Waldorf Education and forwarded at 100% to projects in need. All information regarding WOW-Day can be found at:

If you are interested in organizing an event, or if you have questions about WOW-Day, please feel free to contact:

Jana-Nita Raker
Tel +49 (0)30 617026 30

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  • ECSWE Newsletter 51, May 2018

    In this volume:
    • - The ELIANT Petition for age-appropriate media education;
    • - A Parliament resolution calling for educational choice;
    • - News from the ET2020 Working Group Schools;
    • - Reports of the last two Council meetings in Dornach and Cracow;
    • - Domestic reports: from Italy and the Netherlands;
    • - An update on the WOW-Day 2017;
  • Factsheet 2017/18

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