Brussels, 16 November 2020

War refugees attending Aregnazan
School in Yerevan need help
Upon the initiative of ECSWE, donations in support of the refugee children from Nagorno-Karabakh can be made to the Friends of Waldorf Education.

Dear Friends of the Euro­pean Coun­cil for Stein­er Wal­dorf Education,

Wor­ry­ing news has reached us from our mem­ber school in Yere­van, Arme­nia– ECSWE rep­re­sen­ta­tives vis­it­ed them on the 24th April 2015, and attend­ed a con­gress on the occa­sion of the 100th Armen­ian Geno­cide Remem­brance Day.

In late Sep­tem­ber this year, the long-last­ing con­flict between Arme­nia and Azer­bai­jan over the dis­put­ed Nagorno-Karabakh region esca­lat­ed from reg­u­lar bor­der clash­es to full scale war. Many of the fam­i­lies in the school were severe­ly affect­ed by these devel­op­ments as for­mer stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents were fight­ing in the war. One of the for­mer stu­dents — 19 years old Alen Var­danyan — was killed.

As many towns and vil­lages in the con­test­ed region were attacked, and schools and kinder­gartens were destroyed, more than 90.000 moth­ers and chil­dren cur­rent­ly seek refuge in neigh­bour­ing Arme­nia. Despite the severe effects of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic on its already thin-stretched bud­get, the Areg­nazan Wal­dorf school in Yere­van has opened its doors to refugee chil­dren, wel­com­ing at least 2–4 of them in every class.

Many of the arriv­ing fam­i­lies are deal­ing with severe psy­cho­log­i­cal con­se­quences result­ing from war trau­ma and some are mourn­ing the loss­es of fathers and old­er broth­ers. The school has now called on the Euro­pean Wal­dorf com­mu­ni­ty for finan­cial and moral sup­port to pro­vide affect­ed chil­dren and fam­i­lies with des­per­ate­ly need­ed care.

If you want to sup­port the school in help­ing fam­i­lies in need, dona­tions can be made to the Friends of Wal­dorf Edu­ca­tion using the pay­ment ref­er­ence „Areg­nazan WS Eriwan“

Fre­unde der Erziehungskun­st, GLS Bank Bochum, Account No: DE47 4306 0967 0013 0420 10 (BICGENODEM1GLS).

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

Georg Jürgens