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Friends of Waldorf Education [FR] [NGO Section Data]
Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners

Contact Details
Main address: Managing Dir: Nana Goebel, Weinmeisterstrasse 16, D-10178, Berlin, Germany, Tel: (49 30) 617 026 30, Fax: (49 30) 617 026 33, E-mail: berlin (at) freunde-waldorf.de

URL: http://www.freunde-waldorf.de/

Aims
Support and advise Waldorf schools and kindergartens, centres with anthroposophic teaching methods for the handicapped, and other institutions for education and social work.
Official Relations
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)* (Foundations).
Activities
Coordinates WOW-Day.
Publications
Newsletter. Waldorf Education, an Introduction; Waldorf Education Worldwide.
Members
Partners in 76 countries and territories:

 • Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania.

 • Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, United States of America.

 • Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong/China, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan/China, Tajikistan, Thailand, Viet Nam.

 • Australia, New Zealand.

 • Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ukraine.

UNESCO NGO Section Data

Type of Relation with UNESCOFoundations
Admission Date2001
Reclassification date2008
Name and contact details of NGO focal point at UNESCOMs Shen Xuesong
ED/EO/IFE
81082
History2001 Admission as a Foundation (161 EX/38) (161 EX/Dec.8.2) 2008 Renewal of officiall relations for a period of six years (179 EX/35) (179 EX/Dec.35)
Contribution to UNESCO's programmes Evaluation 2008: Active and intense collaboration within the ASPnetwork in 15 countries. Organization of a workshop run by a UNESCO representative of the ASPnet and a board member of the foundation on UNESCO’s ideas and the ASP network during an international teachers’ conference held at Basel, Switzerland in 2004. Organization of a round table on quality education with the participation of different German politicians, a UNESCO representative of ASPnet and representatives of the foundation at Stuttgart, Germany, in 2004. Intense collaboration with the German National Commission for UNESCO in the organization and realization of the “UNESCO World Youth Festival” held at Stuttgart, Germany, in July 2006. Participation in the organization of the Kolisko Conference, an international, trans- and inter-disciplinary conference interrelating education with medicine, held at UNESCO Headquarters from 21 to 25 August 2006. Organization of a workshop run by representatives of UNESCO and of the foundation on inclusive education during this conference. Participation in the emergency educational program run by UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in Beirut, Lebanon, during the school year 2006/2007. The foundation created a travelling exhibition on the holistic educational approach called Waldorf Education for the UNESCO Conference of Ministers of Education held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994. This exhibition is continuously updated and was last shown at UNESCO Headquarters in August 2006 during the Kolisko Conference. The Education Sector has had regular contacts with this foundation in recent years. Twenty-four Waldorf schools in 15 countries on several continents, supported by the foundation, are active members of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Network. The foundation organized the international Kolisko Conference with the participation of the Education Sector. The themes addressed at the conference were ethics and the quality of education, with special focus on early childhood. The Division for the Promotion of Basic Education is currently discussing with the foundation an educational project for schools in refugee camps in the Middle East and in Africa, which could be financed in part by the foundation “The Friends of Waldorf Education – Rudolf Steiner Schools”. We recommend renewal of relations with the Foundation.
Keywords Education

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