Following the Russian attacks on Ukraine on 24th February 2022, ECSWE immediately reached out to members and partners to coordinate our emergency support to the Ukrainian Waldorf movement. Actions back then included a coordinated donation campaign to support school communities and emergency education and coordinated efforts to offer displaced Waldorf families accommodation and places in Waldorf schools abroad. In March, we also helped to translate and disseminate an open letter of the Friends of Waldorf Education to the Waldorf teachers in Europe calling for financial support and solidarity with their Ukrainian colleagues. Thanks to the donations from individuals, schools and organisations across Europe and the world, more than 900.000 EUR have been collected so far.
To survive the winter, the remaining Waldorf schools in Ukraine will need financial support to pay for teachers’ salaries, to acquire power generators, to maintain and heat their buildings and to invest in bomb shelters to safely provide in-person teaching according to legal requirements. The shelters must be big enough to accommodate all pupils and co-workers of a given school.
The Friends of Waldorf Education have calculated that a total of 70.000 € per month are needed to ensure continued remuneration of our Ukrainian colleagues. The costs for the bomb shelters differ significantly from location to location and are therefore difficult to break down into average costs per student or school. The costs for the school shelters built to this date range from a 15.000 € co-payment, for the mostly publicly funded shelter in Krivoj Rog, to 120.000 € for the fully privately funded shelter of the Stupeni School in Odessa.
Your donations will help the remaining Ukrainian Waldorf schools to survive the winter. For your orientation: A donation of 115 € is enough to pay the average weekly salary of one Ukrainian Waldorf teacher and with 460 € you are covering a full month. On the other hand, the amount needed to purchase 3 power generators and 3 batteries for Dnipro Steiner School is about 6.500 € total. We are hopeful that with a joint action we can reach the needed amounts, but please know that no donation is too small to count!
You can directly transfer your donations to the following bank accounts:
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From the beginning of the war in Ukraine, most of our members have taken action in providing help to the Ukrainian Waldorf community. Either by welcoming refugee students and families, by sending medical help or by organising donation campaigns on their national and local levels. In the face of ongoing power shortages in Ukraine, that negatively effect teaching conditions, our Latvian member chose to act upon direct connections they have with schools in Ukraine, and we are here to support their efforts. The closing of their donation campaign is the Monday 19th December 2022.
The Friends of Waldorf Education are permanent guests to our Council and are regularly taking part in the Council meetings. Following the Russian attacks on Ukraine in February 2022, they have turned most of their resources to providing aid to Ukrainian Waldorf schools, teachers and families by collecting donations, deploying trauma pedagogy experts and helping refugee students and families find their shelter in European countries. They have numerous direct connections to schools and teachers in Ukraine and are thus able to provide and distribute adequate support efficiently.