Werkstatt goes Europe
We have often asked ourselves how other countries in Europe deal with One World issues and what solutions there might be locally. What does the educational work on this in schools and in civil society organizations look like? Well, we are going to find out. For a transnational project, we applied for a smaller partnership at Erasmus+ School in October 2022 – with success!
In solidarity for a fairer world
The consequences of climate change are affecting people in the Global South more and more and are reflected in famines and refugee movements, whereas too little is being done to change the climate-damaging lifestyles in the rich industrialized nations. Nevertheless, more and more people are questioning their consumption style and the current economic model and are looking for solutions based on democratic participation and solidarity. That is why our joint project runs under the title “Solidarity for a better world”.
Together with teachers and students of the Free Waldorf School, the Lycée François d’Estaing in Rodez/Southern France, the IES Aljada in Murcia/Spain and the Colegiul Național “Petru Rareș” in Suceava in the region of Bukovina in the Northeast of Romania, we would like to investigate the causes of the grievances and find ways and means to effectively counteract them.
The „Free Waldorf School“ Augsburg
The „Free Waldorf School“ Augsburg was founded by a non-profit association of parents who wanted a Waldorf education for their children. After a long period of preliminary activities the school was able to take up its work in 1981. By that time a Waldorf kindergarten had already existed. About 400 students are currently attending Waldorf School Augsburg. They can finish their school career with GCSE graduation or with A-Levels. Waldorf pedagogics include two foreign languages starting in class 1, promotion of learning without grades, selection or repeating a class. Grades only start in class 9. Students learn together with their group of classmates during the complete years at school. Their individual and creative skills are developed by diverse subjects from gardening to singing or playing an instrument. The school offers flexible day care according to the parents` needs. The school is organized by the principle of participation, which means that there are elected panels including teachers and parents. The board of directors consists of elected staff and parents as well. Basic decisions are made by an annual general meeting open for parents, adult students and the teachers of the school.
The Lycée François d’Estaing
The Lycée François d’Estaing is an educational community where education is understood as the work of all and is built on trusting relationships and close cooperation between all partners, respecting complementarities and differences. In a climate of trust and respect, each child is welcomed as he or she is, with his or her potential and character. The competent and attentive educational team develops in the young people a desire to learn and a taste for good work by teaching them basic skills and learning working methods, taking into account their abilities and skills. Without noise, with the strength that its freedom and will give it, the Lycée François d’Estaing fully fulfils its educational mission and, for those who accept it, its evangelical mission.
The IES ALJADA
IES ALJADA is a public school that in its 40-year history has evolved from a small vocational training centre to the reference centre for ESO and Bachillerato that it is today for the schools of the school district. The commitment of the management team and the entire teaching staff to improve the services and quality of the centre is rewarded by the large number of programmes offered to students and the good response from students and their families. The centre has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Education in the Region of Murcia since 2019. We currently have 7 pavilions, two of which house most of the classrooms, the teaching departments, the management team offices, the library, the auditorium, the staff room, etc. The other pavilions house the vocational education rooms (classrooms and workshops) and the sports facilities.
The Colegiul Național “Petru Rareș”
The “Petru Rareș” National High School is a secondary school in Suceava, founded in 1904 as a German girls’ high school. Since then, the secondary school has undergone many transformations before the first middle school classes were established in 1999. Our institution is ready to face any challenge and focuses its efforts on educating the good 1000 students to become individuals of tomorrow’s global society by providing them with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, develop their skills and open the way to great universities at home and abroad. This is achieved through a harmonious combination of traditional learning methods and techniques with modern methods necessitated by the rapid changes in society that the school must embrace and eventually anticipate. Petru Rareș National High School has, beyond anything else, the mission to offer the city, the country and – why not? – the world, a show of young intelligence, sensitivity and creativity, in the process of preparing students for all aspects of adult life (characterized by complexity and uncertainty).
The first visit of our European partners to Augsburg is scheduled for the end of March. From 27 to 31 March, we and our guests can look forward to an exciting programme on the topic of “climate and world nutrition” with workshops, visits, exchange, input, intellectual, energetic and creative cooperation.
The sustainable goal is the future use of these experiences and results in the educational work of the Werkstatt Solidarische Welt in and out of school and their dissemination in our local and regional network.