“Our highest endeavour must be to develop creative and responsible human beings who are able to deal with diverse situations and to direct their lives with purpose.”
Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf education
Waldorf is the largest independent educational system on the world, with over 1,000 schools and 1,600 kindergartens worldwide including USA, India, China and the Middle East. The first school to be based on his ideas was founded in Stuttgart in 1919 for the children of the employees of the Waldorf Astoria factory – hence the name “Waldorf”. Within a few years others followed in Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Britain.
The focus of Waldorf education is to educate the whole child, emphasising not only intellectual development but also the child’s artistic merits. In this way we allow the child’s potential to unfold, encouraging them to grow into a self-motivated adult.
The system philosophy is to educate each child as an individual and to encourage children to fulfill their potential. The curriculum can be seen as an organic whole, which involves the three human faculties of thinking, feeling and doing. The interplay of skills and appreciation of music and art, and the physical development of the body, are as important as academic skills. Teachers and parents work together in the children’s education.
We believe that it’s not enough to give a child the knowledge to pass an exam; we must endeavour to inspire them to love learning so they will be equipped to meet whatever challenge life throws at them in the future.