Who are we?
An Introduction to ECSWE
The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) comprises 26 national Waldorf Associations, representing over 680 schools in Europe. The number of schools is growing worldwide, at the moment there are around 1000 Waldorf schools in 61 countries, more than 2000 kindergartens and around 600 institutions for curative education.
Our purpose is to strengthen and develop Steiner education in our member countries by active interest and mutual sharing of experience. We work in active partnership with other organisations who are concerned with the social emotional education and well being of children.
The aims of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education are as follows:
- To be an international platform for member associations.
- To exchange information and experiences and develop educational practices for the benefit of our constituent schools and institutions.
- To create and co-ordinate a common policy on a European level and undertake the relevant activities. To promote quality care in our institutions.
- To discuss, choose and implement international projects.
- To engage in dialogue with fellow educationalists, academics, politicians and education policy makers and all those who care for the well-being of children.
- To influence politics and legislation both on a national and European level for the benefit and protection of Childhood and Youth.
The Steiner Curriculum
The international Steiner curriculum provides the key principles for an education founded in local context and culture. Our innovative approach encourages children to grow as confident world citizens capable of valuing their own circumstances and background within a diverse world. Self esteem, respect for the culture, values and traditions of others, tolerance and understanding are essential qualities for the unfolding of individual potential as is a commitment to lifelong learning.
National and International Associations
As a group of national and international Associations we take our pedagogical principles into account in the way we work together. In an increasingly turbulent and changing world, we attempt to show by example that international, cross-cultural activities can be inspiring and beneficial and can help children to develop the perspectives and skills to make a real difference.
Educational systems are in a process of great change brought about by the vast amount of research conducted in the last few years regarding neurobiology, child development, emotional capacities and learning processes. The Steiner Waldorf approach embraces these changes and ECSWE seeks to become a reference for internationally accredited research in the fields of education and childhood.