WOW-Day, Waldorf One World: ideals in practice. The pedagogical meaning behind a commitment to social development
The WOW-Day is a campaign in which students from Steiner Waldorf schools all over Europe work during one day to raise money in order to support disadvantaged children worldwide. Through many activities such as volunteering, taking on one-day jobs, organising sponsored walks, making and selling crafts, putting on circus performances in the pedestrian zone or other activities, pupils raise money for better learning and living conditions for children all over the world. The WOW-Day is not an extracurriculum activity but it is part of the curriculum so one day of school each year is devoted to it. Teachers and parents work together with the children to organise it. Since 1994 Waldorf students from all over Europe have raised about 1.5 million EUR for Waldorf projects and other projects in the realm of education all over the world. On the one hand, pupils are given an experience of autonomy and responsibility and take an active commitment to the social development of the world, which is essential in preparing for their adult life as active and participative citizens. Furthermore they experience the importance and satisfaction that voluntary effort to help others can bring. On the other, their contribution is a concrete help for a great number of children, enabling them to have access to a dignified and child friendly education.
Organisation : ECSWE
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