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Arbol de Vida Waldorf School Puts on Fundraiser Concert with Soprano Alicia Rappoport

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By Karla Ortiz

This Thursday, February 14, Casa Europa opened its doors to a concert by Argentine soprano Alicia Rappoport to benefit the Árbol de Vida Waldorf school.

Árbol de Vida and Casa Europa welcomed all the guests with sandwiches and wine and a concert dedicated to love.

“Alicia Rappoport’s relatives were involved in this [type of] pedagogy, as was María Abel, who had her own children in Waldorf in Germany, so they understand perfectly what this pedagogy entails,” Andrés Barreiro, Árbol de Vida’s board of directors president. “That is why they are supporting us to put on this concert.”

Waldorf pedagogy arranges its educational style around the evolutionary development of human beings, taking into account the progressive growth of children’s capacities to think, feel, and do. It seeks to educate the whole child, developing their individual will, imagination, and intellectual abilities. These three areas are worked on throughout the student’s education, with different emphasis and methods that tailor themselves to the child’s natural curiosity and intellectual interests, with respect and admiration for the cycles of nature and the human development. In addition to academic learning, from kindergarten through age six, children learn to develop their will and readiness to learn. From age seven through age 12, they work on emotional development, and from age 13 through 15, they learn how to think.

“During the whole period of primary school, the students have only one teacher—that is to say that the teacher advances with them grade by grade, growing with them. In this way, the teachers are committed to each child and are learning themselves,” Barreriro said.

At Árbol de Vida, teachers develop different activities throughout the year. On this occasion, they will create an open house-style seminar where attendees can learn about the school’s pedagogical style.  For more information, visit the Facebook page Waldorf SMA Árbol de Vida.

While Waldorf schools frequently conjure up images of economically privileged students, Barreiro emphasized that the school is a nonprofit civil association and that its location near the economically disadvantaged town of Atotonilco allows them to reach out to children who would not normally be students at the school.

“We receive donations and volunteers, since sometimes the families have a difficult financial situation,” he said. “Something very good is that we already have children from Atotonilco joining the program. They take classes with us, and we would like to reach more children.”

 

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