TE RA WALDORF SCHOOL DECLARATION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
Te Ra Waldorf School, on the Kapiti Coast, welcomes and celebrates the ethnicity and culture of every member of our community – child, parent, whanau, staff member – as enriching our diversity. The Kapiti Waldorf Trust, Board of Trustees, College of Teachers, Faculty and parent community board this waka which values our diversity and our great potential to contribute to the full embrace of Aotearoa’s bi-cultural status and multi-cultural identity.
Te Ra Waldorf School as a school in Aotearoa New Zealand is unconditionally committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi. Out of this commitment and within the worldwide Waldorf school framework, Te Ra Waldorf School does not support Rudolf Steiner’s statements on race.
Te Ra Waldorf School commits to the ongoing evaluation of current processes, structures and practices within the school to ensure our declaration against discrimination is fully realised. This is a living document, and as such informs the Te Ra Waldorf School Strategic Plan.
“Piki, eke, temutunga he aiō – There are ups and downs, but in the end all is peaceful.”
Waldorf Schools Framework
- Waldorf schools pursue their pedagogical tasks out of the spirit of human rights, thereby contributing to building a society founded upon mutual respect, tolerance and cooperation between all human beings.
- Waldorf schools do not select, stratify or discriminate amongst their pupils and consider all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights, independent of ethnicity, nationality or social origin, gender, language, religion, or political convictions.
- The spiritual science of Anthroposophy, upon which Waldorf education is founded, today rejects all forms of racism and nationalism. The Waldorf schools are aware, however, that there are words, ideas and statements in Rudolf Steiner’s complete works which are not in concordance with this fundamental direction, are discriminatory, and rightfully regarded as offensive in this day and age.*
- Racism and discrimination are not tolerated in Waldorf schools or teacher education institutes. The Waldorf school movement explicitly rejects any attempt to misappropriate Waldorf pedagogy or Rudolf Steiner’s work for racist or nationalistic purposes.
- Waldorf schools have been working on the basis of these preceding principles since the first school was founded in 1919. Institutions working out of Waldorf education are today engaged throughout the world, on all continents.
Based on the Stuttgart Declaration by the Association of Waldorf Schools (Bund Der FreienWaldorfschulen), 2007.
Receive the child in reverence, educate him/her in love and let him/her go forth in freedom. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
College of Teachers of Te Ra Waldorf School and Kapiti Waldorf Trust, 21 November 2012
* Anthroposophy as spiritual science is not bound to the words of Rudolf Steiner. As is the case with all other sciences, Anthroposophy is constantly ‘becoming’; concepts from 100 years ago may be discarded today as they are held to be no longer true.