International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education and European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education
The Goetheanum is a place of exchange and coordination of professional fields. However, high-caliber committees rarely meet as from 10 to 12 November, when the leaders of the Christian Community with the Goetheanum leadership and the secretaries general of the Anthroposophical Societies got together for the first time. (Anthroposophie weltweit Nr. 12/2017). On 18./19. November there was an exchange of two educational committees: International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education (formerly: Hague Circle) and European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE), in this case not for the first time...[more]
The first Waldorf School opened in September 1919 in Stuttgart, the first Waldorf Kindergarten in 1926. Today there are 1092 Waldorf and Rudolf Steiner schools in 64 countries and 1857 Waldorf kindergartens in more than 70 countries. Since 2016, the directory of Waldorf Kindergartens and Waldorf Schools is published in a joint list... [more]
Waldorf education began almost one hundred years ago and has by now reached sixty nations on five continents. The question of the protection of Steiner's educational concept has therefore become an urgent issue. In early 2016, the German Association and the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education (IF) in cooperation with IASWECE (International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education) have agreed on a method to award a licensing contract for the brand 'Waldorf' and 'Rudolf Steiner' to educational institutions in countries without any associations... [more]
The International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education (IF) at its meetings in Vienna/Austria on 17 May 2015 and in Arles/France on 7 May 2016 revised and re-adopted the document “Key characteristics of Waldorf education” – first adopted in Harduf/Israel on 14 November 2014 – as binding guidance for the worldwide Waldorf school movement... [more]
Webpage for educational professionals: Impulses, articles, calendar of events, forums and links on Waldorf education. Brought to you by the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education in cooperation with the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum… [more]
The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and 1,700 Waldorf kindergartens in 80 countries around the globe. And more all the time. We are making our Centennial an occasion to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions. With many exciting projects on all continents. Keep your ears and eyes open, and be part of the movement: 100 years are just the beginning!… [more]
The ‘Hague Circle’ is the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education. Twice a year, active Waldorf teachers from all over the world meet for a multi-day conference in one of the participating countries or at the Goetheanum in Dornach.
The conferences serve the mutual understanding and exchange on key educational issues that have national or global significance. The members of the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education bring their experiences to the meetings, and discuss - on the basis of differentiated perceptions - the key criteria of Waldorf education and their application in different geographic, cultural, economic and political regions of the world.
The International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education participants are appointed by institutions responsible for Waldorf education in their respective home countries, and work closely together with those institutions. They are ambassadors of an pedagogical impulse, whose universal human aspects foster both the unfolding of the individuality in the human being as well as a diverse global culture.