KUFUNDA WALDORF INSPIRED SCHOOL
A HEALING EDUCATION
Kufunda Village School follows the Waldorf pedagogy, and is further enhanced by our placement in an active learning village. The children have access to farming, handcrafts, eco-building, herbal knowledge and more practical experience which complements and enriches their main lessons.
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 visiting teachers and resource persons from the Waldorf World.
EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD
HEAD HANDS HEART LEARNING
Waldorf Education takes into account the needs of the child to develop fully. At Kufunda Village School we teach the whole child, allowing them to develop fully with head, heart and hands. To support pupils to connect more deeply with the subject matter, academic instruction is presented through artistic work that includes story-telling, visual arts, drama, music, movement, and crafts. The children are fully involved in every lesson. They are taught on 3 levels:
LEVELS OF TEACHING
1. Stimulating their thinking by teaching imaginatively
2. Engaging their feelings so they really connect with what is being taught and thus become motivated learners
3. Promoting activity in the classroom through practical activities which are artistic in nature, such as drawing, drama, painting, speech, modeling, music and movement
By using all three levels the teacher can deepen the pupils’ understanding of the work and the concepts involved in ways which cannot be achieved through intellectual learning and memorising facts.
A STRONG BODY OF TEACHERS
ON GOING LEARNING AND DEEPENING
We have a strong body of teachers, whose teacher training and further Waldorf training and experience covers several countries including several years of teaching experience in South African Waldorf schools, and professional Waldorf training in Kenya and at the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart in Germany.
Our new teachers are all enrolled in the East Africa Waldorf Teachers Training, and we have weekly learning and enrichment sessions as a college of teachers. Learning doesn’t stop. A ‘learningful’ teacher is able to create an alive and inspired classroom.
Annah Bendicto has been with the school since its inception in 2004. Anna was trained with the Ministry of Education as a pre-School teacher. She decided to further her education when she heard about Waldorf education. She attended a workshop at the Centre from Creative Education in South Africa, and has recently joined the East Africa Teachers Training in Kenya. Anna helps with facilitating Waldorf workshops in the communities. She also teacher handwork to all the primary school grades, teaching them knitting and sewing.