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Sunday With Sarah, Waldorf Education

Nomad Education in Kenya: Waldorf in the Bush


Welcome back to another “Sunday With Sarah.” It’s been more than a month since I’ve posted, and I’ve missed you!

I’ve returned from my AMAZING trip to Africa, and today want to tell you about the Waldorf school I visited for Samburu children in the Laikipia region of Kenya.

After viewing the video, you can learn more about the Samburu Trust‘s efforts to provide health care and education to the Samburu people. You can also make a donation on their website. The children who attend the school pay no tuition, and the school gets no government funding. Having visited, I know that any donation, no matter how small, will be much appreciated!

Video Highlights:

00:05   Happy to be back after a long absence!
01:07   Today I want to tell you about my visit to the Waldorf school for Samburu children.
01:27   Meet Julia Francombe, founder of the Samburu Trust and the Waldorf school.
01:55   Our long walk through the bush to reach the grade school.
02:42   We arrive at the grade school and meet the 1st and 2nd graders.
03:10   The teachers are all young men. Samburu warriors!
04:50   I shared songs with one of the eager young teachers.
05:10   Waldorf teacher training in Kenya.
05:40   Visit to the kindergarten.
06:10   I came bearing gifts of Waldorf toys, and felt like Santa!
09:21   Meeting the needs of a nomadic culture. The “three moons” school calendar.
10:35   The work of the Samburu Trust.
11:35   Learn more and donate at www.samburutrust.org

After viewing the video, I’m sure you’ll have as many questions as I left with! Leave your questions and comments here, and I’ll do my best to answer them, or find answers for you.


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  • Reply Cortney July 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    How wonderful!!

  • Reply Heather C July 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Sarah–

    I enjoyed listening to your adventure to Africa!

    I have an off-topic question that I was hoping you might want to tackle.

    My daughter is 6 years old. In her baby and toddler years, we kept things very simple (few toys) and natural – with wooden toys, natural fairy dolls, beeswax crayons and the like.

    But in the last 2 years, we moved to a new neighborhood. She began playing with neighborhood friends that have lots of plastic toys like My Little Pony and Barbie.

    My daughter was drawn to the bright colors of the My Little Pony figures, and she received some for her birthday as gifts…

    To simplify what I am getting at: we have strayed from what we believe in as a family and i have noticed that my daughter has been increasingly unfocused, finding it hard to concentrate on one thing at a time.

    It has left me desiring to replace all of her “plastic” toys with the natural and waldorf toys again. Because I’ve seen a shift in her, which is very disturbing to me asa parent.

    Do you have any suggestions for me? I feel that I cannot just take away her beloved toys. Would you recommend a transition?

    I would appreciate any suggestions you may have. I’ve watched through many of your videos and I have enjoyed browsing all the lovely items in the Bella Luna Store. Making me cringe that we have strayed from this beautiful path and natural way of life. (Less is more!)

    Thanks so much–

  • Reply Sophia July 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Your love of Waldorf and the desire to share the education is beautiful. One woman’s mission does make a difference. I would have enjoyed knowing which song you shared.:)

    • Reply Sarah Baldwin July 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      The teacher asked if I knew any painting songs. I shared:

      Lovely glow
      Put some color in my hand.
      Together we’ll paint a fairyland.


      A lovely rainbow, see it span
      So brightly shining, o’er the land.
      It is so red, gold, green, and blue
      I’d like to climb it now with you
      A lovely rainbow, see it span
      So brightly shining o’er the land.

      Do you know either of these, Sophia?

      • Reply Sophia July 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        I know it-except with two rainbow-Rainbow, rainbow…I love it as part of my painting ritual in kindergarten…maybe not the second…I should go back and watch your posts – to find out WHY you went to Africa…most extraordinary…all the best-S.

  • Reply Sarah Baldwin July 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    If you go back and watch my previous video, you will learn more about why I went to Africa, Sophia. :)

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