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Kufunda Village

P.O. Box 963, Harare

+263 777 627 352

 admin@kufunda.org

Hosting learning and leadership into vibrant healthy communities in Zimbabwe and beyond

Kufunda Village Waldorf inspired School marries the best of Waldorf with our placement in nature, on a farm and as part of a learning Village. 

 

After several years of running a joint school with a partner in the city under the name Nyeredzi, Kufunda in 2017 embarked on the adventure of running our own school. Our vision continues to be a school that is worthy of the soul's and mind's of our children. 

We are dedicated to providing learning that enables the development of the whole child, stimulating creativity and imagination while giving them a strong foundation in learning and knowledge for life. 

 

Our school is led by class teacher Elizabeth Madanire with assistant and visiting teachers. 

With our step into building our own school, we are exploring where the skills and knowledge of Kufunda can be shared more directly with the children. Already we have brought Sikhethiwe in to teach pottery; Admire and Patricia to teach farming; Maaianne is offering Movement, and Irvine is teaching Arts. We look forward to finding more ways for the Learning Village to enrich the school, as well as for the school to enrich the village. 

In the words of Dorothee Nys from Belgium who has been teaching the class threes this term: "Rather than educating the child how to learn, we strive to teach them to love learning. We address the whole child in it’s unique way of being - harmonizing the thinking, feeling and willing. As teachers we create a safe place/environment for the child to freely explore and discover him/herself. Apart from the intellectual development, there is (a lot of) space for arts, crafts, music." 

Kufunda Village School

Waldorf inspired education in Nature

We are inspired by the Waldorf philosophy and approach, which works with the inherent joy of learning, curiosity and imagination of our young, and which understands that the human being arrives to this earth with a purpose and gifts that come from their soul's journey. Part of the role of education is to enable that soul to fully land in this body, becoming enabled to fulfil his or her purpose on earth. This means education is far beyond simply teaching technical or even philosophical knowledge, and in fact during the early primary school years, the education is primarily direction through the feeling centre of the heart. So stories and images and learning  that inspire, and that give an understanding of the fundamental principles of nature and life are what are central during these first stages of education. A time will come when the child is ready to fully apply the intellect to these learnings, but to begin we allow them to land in a place that inspires their sense of goodness, beauty and truth. 

Photo gallery 

"I can see something new coming into my home through this child.
Something is born in the family which is important."

Kufunda Parent

"I like my school

because it is a fun way of learning and we do different things each day."

Student

“She is not as shy as she was before. She has become a curious person, wanting to know more about her school work and her surroundings.” 

Parent

Our New Teacher Graduates as Fully Qualified Waldorf Teacher

August 07, 2018

Gilbert Guvakuva joined Kufunda Village School at the end of term one. He brings much experience in Waldorf to our growing school community, and in July he went to Freie Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, to complete his final Waldorf modules and graduate. As far as we know he is the only qualified Waldorf teacher practicing in Zimbabwe. We are continuing our teacher development, with one of our teacher's formalising her Waldorf training in Nairobi. For now we congratulate Gilbert!

It was a rich term with visiting teachers, new learning and even a visit to Wild is Life! Read the full report here.

Entering 2018 with Grace

May 07, 2018

The 10th of January we opened our new school year. All the children took one step forward and for some it was an extra big and special step: Going from kindergarten to the first grade is a very special occasion and we welcomed our ten children in the Primary School by singing a song and giving them a little gift. They literally crossed a threshold that was beautifully held by an arch of flowers. Once we had taken time to welcome and arrive, the real learning started – or let us say: continued. We had a Eurythmist from Germany join us bringing this wonderful movement practice to our children and teacher. Read the full story of First Term Here

The milestone of 2017

February 01, 2018

2017 saw a big milestone as we set out to build our own school at Kufunda, after several years of being in collaboration with a school in Harare town. Out of this came a deeper sense of ownership and collaboration between Kufunda Village and the school.

It was a year full of learning, discovery and achievement. Workshops for parents and teachers in addition to much learning for the children. Read the full story of the year 2017 here.

Being a Teacher at Kufunda Waldorf Inspired School

Read the reflections of Dorothee Nys who has spent third term teaching at the school. She is reflecting on the co-creation of the school as well as on what makes the Waldorf approach so special.

"For me there is no doubt that this type of education does good. I hope and would wish that more children could benefit from this. That’s why I hope with all my heart that, despite the current struggles in Zimbabwe, this school will keep on building it’s strong foundation. So that it can slowly grow - maybe eventually even have it’s own graduates?"

September October News

The august holidays saw the visit of Johannah and Ariadne from Germany. With them we hosted several workshops: for parents, primary teachers and also a workshop for kindergarten teacher. The learning was deep and inspiring for the full village. Thank you!

Update from our first term as Kufunda Village School

This is the first term Kufunda Village School is operating on its own. It has been a big shift, which has placed greater demands on us, but which has also brought much energy as we have worked together to live up to what is needed. During the holidays and at the beginning of the term the whole village has been coming together to prepare the school for the children.  We now have new spaces for the primary school, the kindergarten and the grade zero (pre-school class). All the spaces have been painted, windows have been added to bring more light, and  the playground has been moved into the middle of the village in our small forest area. 

Kufunda March School News

The last weeks have been busy for the school with the class 3s and 5s leading the way with creating a garden and entry way for where the school will shortly be moving to under the stewardship of Benjamin Tree, a Waldorf teacher who is with us for this first term of the year. The new school premise is only a few hundred metres from the current building, which is by a parking lot. The new space is in an ecologically built rammed earth building in the heart of Kufunda learning village. To support their move, the children have been planting a garden to mark the entryway into the village and to their school. Next term, as part of their building main lesson, they will be part of building a simple outdoor classroom using the simple cob technique.

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Class threes doing handcrafts