Brussels, 24 February 2022

The European Waldorf movement stands in solidarity with Ukraine
ECSWE stands side by side with the children and families in Ukraine and condemns all acts of war

On the 24th Feb­ru­ary, Europe woke up to the news of Russia’s dec­la­ra­tion of war against Ukraine, and ongo­ing mil­i­tary inva­sion of the coun­try from the North, East and South. Since then, the sit­u­a­tion has been get­ting worse. Our Ukrain­ian col­leagues are report­ing dev­as­tat­ing attacks on their cities, schools are closed, chil­dren are suf­fer­ing from trau­ma and fam­i­lies are leav­ing their homes in fear for their life.

As an inter­na­tion­al school move­ment we echo the words of UNICEF Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Cather­ine M. Rus­sell: “The past eight years of con­flict have inflict­ed pro­found and last­ing dam­age to chil­dren on both sides of the line of con­tact. The chil­dren of Ukraine need peace, des­per­ate­ly, now”. We there­fore con­demn all acts of war.

As the sit­u­a­tion is get­ting worse, our part­ner schools and fam­i­lies in Ukraine are in des­per­ate need of help and sup­port. With that aim, we are close­ly work­ing with the Friends of Wal­dorf Edu­ca­tion and our nation­al mem­ber asso­ci­a­tions to bring help on the way.

If you want to sup­port schools and chil­dren in need,
please make a dona­tion to the Friends of Wal­dorf Education:

Mon­ey can also be wired via ordi­nary bank transfer
using the pay­ment ref­er­ence „Ukraine 2022”.

Bank account:
Fre­unde der Erziehungskunst
GLS Bank Bochum,
IBAN: DE47 4306 0967 0013 0420 10

For the Ukrain­ian fam­i­lies in need of our help, Friends of Wal­dorf Edu­ca­tion opened a hot­line reach­able through the num­ber +49–162-8953966.

A question? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Georg Jürgens