Brussels, 16th November 2021
Members engage in thematic working groups
The ECSWE members have identified 7 topics on which permanent working groups will be formed to work independently of the Council’s regular workflow.
One of the first results of the structured members’ calls carried out through 2020 and 2021 was the request to offer members the possibility to collaborate in thematic working groups. In a dedicated working session during the online Council meeting in October 2020, the following 7 working themes were identified for such groups to work on:
- Development of the Waldorf curriculum in Europe
- Upper school development
- Digital media education
- Leadership models
- Collecting and sharing research
- Revision of the ECSWE Principles
Several working sessions were held at the three Council meetings in 2021 and time slots were reserved for the first rounds of the working groups to allow active members to further develop and implement the mandates of their working groups.
By the end of the year, the Waldorf Curriculum Group, the Research Group and the ECSWE Principle Group submitted their mandate statements, organised several independent meetings and embarked on work to achieve concrete results. The other groups started more slowly or temporarily put their work on hold. The Digital Media Education group, for example, has been waiting for the results of ECSWE’s Erasmus+ grant application for the HERMMES project before establishing its working mandate. The Leadership group, another example, is currently looking into a new working format in the form of a thematic mail or letter exchange.
It is envisaged that working groups with a clearly defined membership, an adopted mandate statement and a clear work plan can be allocated a small budget for their work each year, which they can use to pay for travel expenses, inviting speakers or funding smaller publications.