Published on March 9th, 2017 | by firstname.lastname@example.org De Haas0
Report: Council meeting 19-22 January in Solymár, Hungary
Beautiful sunshine, snow still covering the streets and the rays of sunlight reflecting on the white walls of the picturesque houses of Solymár. A tranquil and pleasant atmosphere together with caring Waldorf families and teachers warmly welcomed the ECSWE Council in Hungary. These natural elements combined with a carefully planned programme by the Hungarian National Federation enabled us to have a pleasant and fruitful meeting.
On the Friday morning teachers opened the doors of their classes to ECSWE members that wanted to visit and meet with students. This first morning was already very enriching for many representatives, both humanly and in terms of content.
The rest of the weekend allowed for enough time to work on different aspects such as domestic reports (France and Czech Republic reported this time), update on the various advocacy meetings and other updates on Council work. Field work and theoretical aspects were also included in the various sessions to keep the work alive in all realms where ECSWE is present.
There were two main sessions in this meeting, and both of them deeply connected with the type of work the Council is trying to establish, that is, networking with all members devoted to the learning process and wellbeing of the child. In this case I am referring to the teachers from different Hungarian schools and ENSWAP (European Network of Steiner Waldorf Parents).
The joint session with the Hungarian teachers gave us the chance to address two important topics in school communities nowadays, and both related with a hot topic of the Council: assessment. We first had a brief but thorough presentation of Assessment of students through the SSC (Steiner School Certificate) related methods and how local teachers are trying to implement this qualification system. We then heard about the need for teacher evaluation and quality assurance in the Hungarian school system. After the two presentations, we had time to divide in groups to deeper explore both aspects.
The joint session with ENSWAP allowed us follow up on the presentation that the Council received two years ago in Oslo. ENSWAP updates us on their activities, meetings, needs and requests; one of them being to become a guest members at the ECSWE Council meetings, which was agreed upon in a later session. This meeting with ENSWAP representatives gave us a wider spectrum of the Waldorf communities that unfold in all schools, and also of the many possible ways in which Waldorf parents and families might like to be involved in the school community where their kids are developing. I cannot help but mention the marvelous environment where this meeting was held, an organic building designed by Imre Makovecz as part of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
Of course, there was also some time for leisure and social wellbeing. A lovely dinner on a boat followed by a relaxing thermal bath are two of the activities that deserve to be mentioned. It is so precious, as in every meeting, to have time to create a community outside the meetings. All in all it must be said that we had smoothly-planned weekend in which everything went according to schedule. This gave the Council a pleasant feeling and a safe foundation for a truly fruitful time.
ECSWE representative for Asociación de centros educativos Waldorf