June 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends,   
In April 2019 a thousand colleagues from the Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood movement around the world will have the possibility to gather in Dornach/Switzerland for a World Conference. With the theme "Inner Freedom - Social Responsibility" we will focus on the most important element in the education of the little child, the human beings in their surroundings.  
In this issue you will find an update on the conference preparation work and reports about the Waldorf Early Childhood movement in Asia and Africa, and a video of the keynote speakers from a conference on Digital Media this past May in Prague which was co-sponsored by IASWECE. 

And don't miss the nice video about free play in the "Links" section!  
Warm wishes on behalf of the IASWECE Coordination Group,

Philipp Reubke
News from IASWECE
 World Early Childhood Conference  
 Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
April 15-19, 2019
Read the update on the conference preparation, keynote speakers, workshop leaders, recommended readings and practical information here.
Report from the IASWECE Council meeting in Prague 
Silvia Jensen
Waldorf Early Childhood Education Worldwide
The Values of Waldorf Education Find their Way into the Hearts of Mongolian Parents
Adventure in Myanmar: A new Waldorf initiative at the Lotus Garden International

Elisabeth Faulkner

Waldorf education in Ethiopia
Barbara Sohn 

Waldorf Education in East Africa - Looking back and looking ahead 

Silviah Kagendo Njagi  

Bulgaria - 14 years of support by Seyda Aysel 

Welitschka Jordanova  

Collaboration with other Organizations
Education in the Digital Age
Videos of the keynote presentations from a conference on "Education in the Digital Age" sponsored by the Waldorf association in the Czech Republic, ECSWE, The International Forum and IASWECE which took place in Prague on May 10th, 2018.
School as Whole
In the film 'Tea(cher) Talk' by waldorf-resources.org, Waldorf teachers from six different countries (including a kindergarten teacher) explain why it is important for a school to oppose fragmentation, specialisation and modularization and thus prevent exclusion. With English, German, Spanish subtitles Click here. 
Upcoming Events 
You will find a detailed description on the IASWECE webpages under  Early Childhood Conferences  and  Other Conferences
Australia, 9 -12 July 2018: Vital Years Conference, "Developing the Self: the Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator". With Louise deForest and Lisa Romero
Lithuania, 25-29 July 2018: 25th Eastern European Conference: "Life Forces. The restitution of Life Forces.  
Germany, 28-29 September 2018: Ellersiek Handgesture Conference for the work with Children from Birth to three.  
Germany, 9-11 November 2018: "Growing up Human in the Digital Age". With Paula Bleckmann.   
Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to announce a conference in our Newsletter or on our website.   
Links to Research and News Reports
Below are the most recent articles posted on the IASWECE website in the section: Links to Research and News Reports.  
There you can find many other articles on Free Play, Digital Media and Early Childhood, School Readiness, and the Role of Imitation in Early Childhood.
Digital Lives - Technology and the Future of Childhood.
An outstanding manifesto written by the Chief Executive of the Save Childhood Movement, Wendy Ellyat. (April 2018).
Video: Children at play provide a rare glimpse into imagination, ours and theirs.            
A lovely exploration of human nature and society, this film takes us into an unusual outdoor nursery. With the woods as their classroom and playground, a group of small children explore their surroundings and their relationships with each other in a remarkably free and unfettered environment. Through the children's imaginative activities and games we can see flashes of their personal and collective development, a striking example of playing as learning.
Report from the Children's Screen Time Action Network Conference.   
How You Can Help
I ASWECE provides financial and pedagogical support to projects in order to develop and foster the quality of Waldorf early childhood education all over the world. 

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