Waldorf 100 World Early Childhood Conference

April 15-19, 2019, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

“Inner Freedom – Social Responsibility: Finding Ways Into A Human Future”

Prepared by the IASWECE Council in collaboration with the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum. Read the Invitation Letter and how you can collaborate in this conference.


Conference Schedule: in  English/German, Chinese, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Conference languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Italian

Lists and Descriptions of the Workshops: 

Workshops I ( 2:30PM-4:00PM)  Workshops II  4:45PM-6:15PM

General Information 
Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

1,100 schools and 1,700 kindergartens practice Steiner/Waldorf educational principles in over 80 countries on all continents of the earth. One hundred years after the first Waldorf school opened, the movement has become a world-wide force for educating young people by promoting individual freedom, equality and brotherhood/sisterhood, and the peaceful coexistence of humanity as the starting point and objective of all pedagogical activity. Waldorf 100 aspires to further develop the cooperation and effectiveness of Waldorf education in a global exchange throughout the entire world – and with you!

As a genuine grass-roots movement, Waldorf education always lives from the specific initiatives of specific people. We are planning our Centennial as a festival in which every school can contribute locally, by region, by continent, or world-wide. What that means specifically depends on your ideas.Would you perhaps like to make your own indoor or outdoor surroundings more beautiful?  Invite the parents to a family festival in your kindergarten? Host a public event?  Take on an environmental project? Establish a partnership with a kindergarten or child care in another part of the world or one next door? We warmly welcome all ideas!

The IASWECE suggests three larger themes: Loving deeds for nature and the earthSocial actionCourage for the future.- You can download the flyer with the suggestions in Englishin Germanin Spanish.

Sign the Petition “For the right to screen-free day care units, kindergartens and primary schools”

Teachers, educators and parents decide for themselves how long (to what age) an educational institution can remain screen-free. Those responsible for teaching must be able to determine the medium they use, whether they enlist digital media and to what purpose it is put. Read the petition. Sign the petition.
Regional Conferences on the Meaning of Sleep
In Germany, Denmark, Israel, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland and the USA conferences on the theme of sleep, organized by Waldorf early childhood educators, have been taking place. At least one additional sleep conference is also scheduled (further information). The meaning of sleep for heathy child development and for wellbeing and creativity in adulthood is a theme, which is widely discussed today in the media and discussion forums. Even the research of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners in the field of medicine is on sleep! Click here for our selection of articles and research reports. You may also send us suggestions for additions. (info@iaswece.org)