This is a joint project of the Hungarian Waldorf Federation, the European Council of Steiner Waldorf Education and the Learning for Well-Being Foundation.
Hungarian Waldorf Federation
The Hungarian Waldorf Federation (HWF) was established in 1997. Although the first Waldorf school in Hungary started in 1926, after its closing in 1933 it took another 56 years to found the first modern school. The Federation grew out of the need of the schools and kindergartens to have a legal body that can represent the Waldorf organisations.
In 2019 the Federation is an umbrella organisation working together with 43 schools, 57 kindergartens and 7 teacher trainings. It reaches 9000 children and their families and around 1000 teachers.
The Federation represents the Hungarian movement in European and international forums.
Due to the work of the Federation the Waldorf curriculum has been accepted by the state for the primary, secondary school and kindergarten since 2003.
The Waldorf movement is the biggest alternative pedagogical system in Hungary, and thanks to the Federation very well organised. The Federation also has its own pedagogical service provider, the Waldorf House. Its task is to organise Hungarian and international trainings and seminars, not only for teachers, but also for parents and other interested people. The Federation currently has 17 paid and 125 unpaid staff members.
European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education
The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) consists of 26 national Steiner Waldorf school associations, representing 775 Steiner Waldorf schools and 178.500 pupils across 28 European countries. Its mission is to support genuine Steiner Waldorf education and promote freedom in education in Europe.
This is done by strengthening and developing Steiner Waldorf education in the member countries of the network, by promoting mutual support among its members and by conducting advocacy in the public sphere for better quality in education, independence of curriculum and assessment, freedom of choice of schooling and a development-oriented media education.
The organisation is funded by contributions of the members which are calculated based on pupil’s numbers in the member countries. Each national association appoints a representative linking their organisation and ECSWE.
ECSWE is represented and managed by a board that is elected every three years by the representatives during the General Assembly. The ECSWE office has one full time employee, the managing director, and also works with freelance collaborators and interns to assist the board in running ECSWE activities.
ECSWE stands for education including physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. The organisation promotes the protection and wellbeing of childhood and aims at building up better educational practices for all children and young people. In this respect ECSWE works in active partnership with other stakeholders concerned with holistic education.
Since February 2016, ECSWE has been a member of the ET 2020 Working Group Schools of the European Commission.
Two focus topics are guiding the internal and external activities of ECSWE in the coming years: media education and assessment. These projects are set up with specialists within the network and in collaboration with other partner organizations.
Learning for Well-being Foundation
The Learning for Well-being Foundation (L4WB) was founded in the Netherlands in 2004 as an advocacy foundation working in co-creative partnerships to inspire people to involve children and young people in decisions that impact their lives, and to take responsibility and initiatives towards their holistic development, in line with L4WB’s definition of well-being of “realising our unique potential through physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development in relation to self, others and the environment”.
Through its initial work with partners (young people and adults) in the Middle East, Europe and the USA, L4WB has progressively refined its vision of inclusive and supportive societies where everyone realises their unique potential throughout their life. This vision underlines the importance of cross- sectoral and integrated approaches at policy, strategy and service provision levels.
L4WB’s main focus is on convening and supporting partnerships that carry out mutually reinforcing activities in the field of research, practice and advocacy promoting well-being and cultivating capacities of children, and adults who support them, to make decisions and take actions that serve themselves, others and the environment.
The Foundation’s key activities are convening and supporting the Learning for Well-being Community and implementing ACT2gether – a social movement that promotes and supports partnership between generations (children and adults) in all sectors (including education, health, welfare, justice, etc.), addressing issues affecting children and adults in ways that are holistic and systemic.
The head offices and secretariat of L4WB are in Amsterdam and we also have a branch in Brussels.
The core team members and associates come from Europe, the Middle East and North America. They are highly experienced professionals from the early years, education, youth, health, mental health, culture, family policy and social sector working on research, advocacy, policy and training.
L4WB is an active member of key European networks: Eurochild, the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group, the Lifelong Learning Platform, and the European Parents Association.