The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

What We Support

Project Insights

The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Participation Encouraged: Gut Wulfsdorf Learning Farm

Thanks to its location on the edge of the Hamburg city line, Gut Wulfsdorf is easily accessible by public transportation and thus almost predestined as a location for school field trips and visits from other groups. The young visitors can get to know the farm and its animals in various learning formats. Depending on the season, they for example may help out on the fields or dig for potatoes. In the so-called “Green Classroom” on the ground floor of a historic water tower building, they start preparing what they have harvested and make soup or yogurt, dry herbs or churn butter. “Healthy food and food production are just some of the topics that are specially presented to the children and young people here,” said SAGST project manager Markus Kleikemper. “In practical activities they also learn some of the foundational principles of biodynamic gardening – for example the concept of cyclical agriculture or the importance of animal welfare.”

To meet the increasing interest of schools, kindergartens, and families (despite the limitations of the Corona pandemic), the farm’s leaders have, with SAGST support, expanded the learning farm’s attractions. A sheep pen with open fencing and a mobile chicken coop now offer two additional opportunities for learning and experiencing outdoors. A three-kilometer walking path through farm, fields, and meadows was redesigned and enriched with informative learning boards. These allow visitors to explore parts of the farm’s grounds without a tour. Since its founding, Gut Wulfsdorf has repeatedly expanded and adapted its educational experience, for example, by creating wet biotopes and – also with SAGST’s support – planting several orchards.

Gruppenbild Eurythmiestudierende und Dozent:innen

Since January 2021, there has also been a full eurythmy training programme in the Czech Republic. This initiative represents an important step towards ending the shortage of skilled workers in this area in the foreseeable future and, for example, offering eurythmy classes nationwide at the country’s Waldorf schools.

Kinder zu Besuch beim Bio-Bauern

Visits to organic farmers or an eco-bakery, promotional days in support of healthy cooking, edible flowers or sustainable beekeeping: with the Experience Organic school project at the Leipzig Ökolöwe association, there has been plenty of hands-on environmental educatio n for young people at 45 Leipzig schools.

Mädchen beim Bäumepflanzen

The Association of Independent Waldorf Schools (BdFWS) launched the “CO2ero – Climate Neutral Waldorf Schools” project at the end of April. For two years, the participating schools will work with a nationwide project team to improve the carbon footprint of their institutions.

Logo Trialog Bildungsdokumentation

Viewing children as uniquely developing individuals and granting them our respect and attention is a central principle in Waldorf education. To meet this goal, 19 pilot kindergartens in Germany are testing a tool called Trialog, an instrument for educational assessment that takes a holistic view of the individual development of one- to six-year-old children. The evaluation phase of the project will be carried out by a project team from the Institute for Early Childhood Education at Alanus...