From Self-directed Learning to Education Towards Freedom
(1) Experience sharing of founding the Waldorf School in Mainland China and Taiwan
(2) Steiner Waldorf education respects the essential nature of childhood, enabling each child to develop their inherent capacities and self-confidence in a caring, child-sensitive and artistic environment. The unique aim of education is "to develop individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives〃. How does Waldorf curriculum meeting the developmental needs of children and young people in various stages?
(3) Discussion of the feasibility of alternative/independent education system in Hong Kong.
There will also be artistic activities to demonstrate the developmental stages of children.
Date: Saturday March 18, 2006
Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue : HKUGA College, Nam Fung Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Cost : Free Donation
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Organizing Bodies: Evera Rudolf Steiner Education Center, Gaia School
Supporting Organization : HKUGA Education Foundation
Speaker : Ben Cherry was born in the United Kingdom and has an MA in Law from Cambridge University, a 1st MB (1st year of a medicine degree) from Birmingham University anda Diploma of Education from Bathurst University in Australia. He first taught in Vietnam in 1971 and subsequently covered the Vietnam War as a correspondent for the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review. Here began his immersion in Eastern religions and philosophies.
Ben and his Vietnamese-born wife, Thanh, have traveled widely in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America and have worked in many different situations, including as directors of a programme to look after some of the Vietnamese 'Boat People' who fled to Hong Kong and were later admitted into the UK three decades ago. They first encountered Anthroposophy in 1977 at a community for children with special needs in Southern England, where Ben worked as gardener and relief teacher. They later settled in Australia with theirsix-year-old son, where they founded a Rudolf Steiner School in Bowral, NSW in 1983.
Ben has been a class teacher for grades 1-8 and also a specialist teacher (mainly in science and drama) up to grade 10. Since 1999, he has been actively involved in the work of the International Waldorf School Movement and has provided teacher training throughout Asia. He currently spends much of each year at Waldorf initiativesin China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and, more recently, Korea.