The Waldorf School Windhoek WSW) offers each student a unique journey through education, with the goal being to equip each student with the knowledge and experience they need for their future. Being “fit for life” (present and future) is the foundation of the WSW’s pedagogy, something few other education systems in Namibia can offer.
Commencing with pre-school (kindergarten and grade 0), WSW learners are exposed to the the early stages of the Waldorf curriculum which emphasises the right to play. It is through playing and educational games that young children learn. This mode of learning ensures that children are provided with a stimulating and nurturing environment in which to explore the world around them and make friends.
In primary school (grade 1-6) joyful learning is the central theme – children learn through song, eurythmy, performance, and broad subjects such as mathematics, English, German, art, and the general sciences. This stage of the journey provides learners with broad avenues of intellectual exploration, showing each one the joy of learning and understanding the world around them.
In middle school (grades 7-10) learners are given time to discover themselves as soon-to-be teenagers or pubescent young adults. The discovery of a sense of self, an identity that is separate from everyone else is the central theme of these years. The emphasis during this time, therefore, is on practical and project-based work which ensures they are allowed to discover a broad range of talents or skills, and to learn the value of individual and teamwork. The Waldorf education is supplemented by a solid foundation in the standard scientific subjects and the creative arts. The commencement of BVET subjects in grade 9 (horticulture, hospitality, woodwork, and electrical disciplines) allows students acquire practical skills in some of the most crucial industries in the Namibian employment landscape. The electricity program, as of 2020, will be gradually changed to become facility maintenance.
In the high school (grade 11 and 12) students complete their Waldorf education jointly with their Vocational Education Training. In this stage of their education, learners are being prepared for life after school, often a daunting prospect for many. However, the WSW provides its students with numerous exit paths to choose from so as to make the best decision for their future. After completing grade 12, students have the option to pursue further vocational training abroad (through exchange opportunities in Germany provided by Schwabisch Hall) or in Namibia; to join the Wolwedans Desert Academy; or to join the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education (NICE) as from 2021. In addition to this, students can opt to do an extra 13th year in which they prepare for their NSSC examinations. Upon completing their NSSC studies, students can still select any of the other VET exit options or pursue tertiary education in Namibia or South Africa.