Education for creativity and social competence
Each person is unique. Children and young people have the right to an upbringing and education that promotes the development of individual and social capacities and is not primarily geared to norms and performance standards. ELIANT and its partners advocate enabling children to grow up in a way that is healthy for them.
Waldorf education – in nurseries, kindergartens and schools up to the 18th year – provides a foundation upon which the creative potential of the pupil can unfold through an artistic approach to teaching and a wide variety of cognitive and practical opportunities for learning. In the process the gifts of each child and his or her individual potential for learning are acknowledged and encouraged.
Waldorf education is based on lectures given by Rudolf Steiner to teachers and doctors and has been developed further since it was launched in 1919 in response to the changing demands of that time. Today there are more than 1000 schools and 2000 early childhood programmes putting this into practice on every continent.
To this day Steiner/Waldorf early childhood programmes and schools are founded as the result of parent initiatives and it is therefore very important that, as Europe develops, the regulatory framework continues to permit this kind of citizen engagement.