Brussels, 26 May 2023

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In 2022, our pedagogical and advocacy related engagement helped Croatia with the opening of their first Steiner Waldorf upper school.

Faced with opportunities to grow: our Croatian members reach out for help

All through­out the year, ECSWE has invest­ed its resources in pro­vid­ing tai­lored sup­port upon the request from Croa­t­i­a’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Marin­ka Špod­n­jak and her team. As the Croa­t­ian edu­ca­tion law is in revi­sion, the nation­al Stein­er Wal­dorf asso­ci­a­tion aims for embed­ding in it an arti­cle that would pre­scribe 80% pub­lic fund­ing for alter­na­tive schools, as with­out that arti­cle, Stein­er Wal­dorf schools in the coun­try get about 10–15% fund­ing from the government.

In par­al­lel, Rijeka’s pri­ma­ry school advo­cat­ed for obtain­ing a gov­ern­ment approval for the first Stein­er Wal­dorf upper school in Croa­t­ia. To sup­port these needs, ECSWE has advised the Croa­t­ian team on advo­ca­cy mat­ters, has sent four let­ters direct­ly to the Croa­t­ian edu­ca­tion min­istry, sent its del­e­ga­tion includ­ing Mar­tyn Raw­son and Dora Šimunović to an in-per­son meet­ing with the Min­istry in Zagreb, and pro­vid­ed two expert reviews of the Croa­t­ian upper school curriculum.

Engaging in a networking opportunity with our French members

From 30 to 31 May 2022, our advo­ca­cy and PR coor­di­na­tor Dora Šimunović and a del­e­ga­tion from our French mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ed at the Life­long Learn­ing Lab in Nice, France. This event was organ­ised by our part­ners at the Life­long Learn­ing Plat­form with the inten­tion of bring­ing togeth­er French gov­ern­ment offi­cials with French civ­il soci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss edu­ca­tion and train­ing. The con­fer­ence pro­vid­ed the French Stein­er Wal­dorf fed­er­a­tion a space for net­work­ing and shar­ing good prac­tices under the top­ic of “Life­long learn­ing enti­tle­ments for the future of Europe”.

Dutch secondary school teachers learn about our work

Upon invi­ta­tion by our Dutch rep­re­sen­ta­tive Allert De Geus, our man­ag­ing direc­tor Georg Jür­gens and our com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment coor­di­na­tor Sietske van Poel­geest pre­sent­ed the work of ECSWE at a Fes­ti­val of the Dutch Sec­ondary Schools on 22 Sep­tem­ber 2022 in Arn­hem. The pre­sen­ta­tion cov­ered ECSWE’s advo­ca­cy in Brus­sels, its work in transna­tion­al EU projects such as the HERMMES project, and its work in con­nect­ing and sup­port­ing its nation­al mem­ber asso­ci­a­tions. After­wards, a live­ly dis­cus­sion took place with the par­tic­i­pat­ing teach­ers on the role of the EU in edu­ca­tion, and ECSWE’s input into stake­hold­er con­sul­ta­tions and work­ing groups at EU level.

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Georg Jürgens