Kufunda Village School
Waldorf inspired education in Nature
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.
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 our council of teachers and supported by visiting teachers and resource persons from the Waldorf World.
As part of Kufunda Learning Village we are exploring where the skills and knowledge of Kufunda can more directly benefit the children. Already we have brought Sikhethiwe in to teach pottery; Admire and Tichaenzana to teach farming; Maaianne is offering Movement, and Irvine is teaching Arts. With head, hands and heart learning as core to Waldorf, being part of a learning village enriches the education of the children. 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.
"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."
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.