What is the Waldorf pedagogy?
In the Waldorf pedagogy, the child is regarded as an entelechy, a being whose aim is located in itself and comprises of body, soul and spirit. The three constitutive elements of the human being develop in different manners. Given such a stage-based development, the essentials of education are: getting to know the child, exploitation of spiritual and creative forces that reside within the child, respecting each individual’s rhythm, initiative spirit, creativity, mobility in thinking, all these representing paths towards the affirmation of a person’s freedom. The educational program will be conducted according to these particularities.
The main purpose of the Waldorf pedagogy is to allow each child to pursue his/her personal path in harmony with his/her own pace and needs, by freedom of action.
What is fundamental in Waldorf education is the acknowledgement of the fact that each human being is unique and passes through various stages of life. The responsibility of pedagogy is to answer the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs that are specific to each development stage for a harmonious building of the child’s personality.