(Re)Search Worldwide: Latin America and Taiwan.

Latin America. Expanding (Re)Search.

In July 2020 a new branch of the (Re)Search was established. This new branch seeks to widen the original study that started in 2017 by including more testimonies of young people living in different social, cultural and political contexts in Latin American countries. It also aims to include more voices of people who have not finished school, or who have not completed higher education.

A great part of the (Re)Search project consists in collecting young people’s statements about their personal outlooks on the surrounding reality. So far, a team of young researchers formed by Guadalupe Olaizola, Mayumi Matsumiya and Rocío Ferrera has conducted interviews with young people ranging from 18 to 35 years old from Uruguay, Paraguay, Brasil, Colombia, Argentina and Peru, while guided and accompanied by the team at the Youth Section at the Goetheanum.

The foundations of this research branch are the same as in the original (Re)Search project. The aim is once again to create spaces for young people to articulate their thoughts about what it means to be young in our time. In these interviews we listen to the individual experiences narrated by the young people themselves to better understand what aspects they commit themselves to, what challenges and inspires them to act and what are their future longings.

The team at the Goetheanum will accompany the researchers and reflect with them over their experiences after carrying out 30 interviews. Below you can learn more about the researchers. Interviews are currently being held, so if you are interested in being interviewed or if you know a young person or youth institution that might be willing to participate in this project, please contact us. 

América Latina. Experiencias de la juventud más allá de la educación.

En julio de 2020 se ha establecido una nueva rama del (Re)Search. Esta nueva rama busca seguir ampliando el estudio original que empezó en 2017 incluyendo más testimonios de jóvenes que vivan en diferentes contextos sociales, culturales y políticos de diferentes países de Latinoamérica. También busca incluir más voces de personas que no hayan terminado la escuela, o que no hayan realizado estudios superiores/universitarios.

Una parte importante del proyecto (Re)Search consiste en recopilar las declaraciones de los jóvenes sobre sus propios puntos de vista acerca de la realidad circundante. Hasta el momento, un equipo de jóvenes investigadoras formado por Guadalupe Olaizola, Mayumi Matsumiya y Rocío Ferrera ha realizado entrevistas con jóvenes entre 18 y 35 años de Uruguay, Paraguay, Brasil, Colombia, Argentina y Perú, guiadas y acompañadas por equipo de la Sección de Jóvenes del Goetheanum.

Las bases de esta rama de investigación son las mismas que en el proyecto original (Re)Search. Una vez más, el objetivo es crear espacios para que los jóvenes puedan articular ellos mismos lo que significa ser joven en estos tiempos. A través de las entrevistas se escuchan las experiencias individuales relatadas, y se comprende mejor con qué aspectos se comprometen los jóvenes, qué les desafía e inspira a actuar, y cuáles son sus anhelos para el futuro.

Durante el proceso, las investigadoras serán acompañadas por el equipo estable de investigación de la Sección de Jóvenes del Goetheanum, el cual observará y reflexionará sobre sus experiencias al final de  30 entrevistas. Más abajo, se puede encontrar más información sobre las investigadoras. Aún se están llevando a cabo las entrevistas, por lo que si usted tiene interés en participar de una entrevista, o si conoce a un/a joven, o una organización de Latinoamérica que trabaje con jóvenes y pueda estar interesada en participar en este proyecto, por favor contáctenos.

Latin American (Re)Searchers

Guadalupe Olaizola was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied Waldorf pedagogy to be a kindergarten teacher and worked in different Waldorf kindergartens. She always worked in spaces related to education, especially in vulnerable neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.  She participated in different civil associations, organizing workshops for boys and girls and accompanying families. At the end of 2016, she traveled to Switzerland to continue her training in Waldorf education and carry out research in Anthroposophy at the Goetheanum, and was part of the Anthroposophical studies program for two years.  During that time, she was also part of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum. She is currently starting her Master of Advanced Studies in Social Education at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Guadalupe Olaizola, nació en Buenos Aires, Argentina, dónde realizó sus estudios para maestra de nivel inicial y trabajó en distintos jardines de infancia Waldorf, pedagogía en el cual se especializó.  Siempre trabajó en espacios relacionados a la educación, sobretodo en barrios vulnerados de Buenos Aires (también puede ir “de bajos recursos”).  Participó en diferentes Asociaciones Civiles organizando talleres para niños y niñas y haciendo acompañamiento a las familias. A fines del año 2016, viajó a Suiza para continuar su formación en pedagogía Waldorf e investigación en Antroposofía en el Goetheanum, y formó parte del programa de estudios Antroposóficos por dos años. Durante ese tiempo, también fue parte de la Sección de Jóvenes.  Actualmente, está comenzando su Máster de Estudios Avanzados en Educación Social de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Mayumi Matsumiya has a Masters Degree in Visual Arts Curatorship from the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) in Buenos Aires. In 2017 she was granted a scholarship from the Goetheanum to attend the Anthroposophy Studies program, where she developed other personal research projects that challenge the positivist tradition in art and focus on anthroposophy as an academic field of study. In this same institution, she presented her work at the February Days conference and at the Alumni Week in 2019. In addition, she also shared the results of her investigations at the Festival de Micael at the Anthroposophical Society in Brazil and at the X Encuentro Nacional de Miembros y Amigos de la Antroposofia in Argentina. She currently works as a graphic designer and translator based in Recife, Brazil. 

Mayumi Matsumiya se recibió en la Maestría en Curaduría en Artes Visuales en la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) en Buenos Aires. En 2017 obtuvo una beca del Goetheanum para asistir al programa de Estudios Antroposóficos, donde desarrolló otros proyectos de investigación personal que desafían la tradición positivista en el arte y se centran en la Antroposofía como una posible área de estudio académico. En esta misma institución, presentó su trabajo en la conferencia February Days y en el Alumni Week en 2019. Además, compartió los resultados de sus investigaciones en el Festival de Micael en la Sociedad Antroposófica de Brasil y en el X Encuentro Nacional de Miembros y Amigos de la Antroposofia en Argentina. Actualmente trabaja como diseñadora gráfica y traductora en  Recife, Brasil.

Rocío Ferrera grew up in Buenos Aires, where she went to a Waldorf school for some years. She did her studies in music school in order to become a music school teacher. Later, Rocío attended the Waldorf Teacher Training and became a Waldorf primary school teacher. Next to this she also participated in programs for social development with art and social transformation. In 2015 she joined the Youth Section in Buenos Aires, as a place to learn and fight for a better world as she says herself. Together with friends they organised annual conferences, courses and study groups. She was recipient of a scholarship position at the Youth Section at the Goetheanum in 2019-2020. She is currently studying a Master in Social Sciences with Educational Orientation at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO)

Rocío Ferrera creció en Buenos Aires, donde fue a una escuela Waldorf durante algunos años. Hizo sus estudios en la escuela de música para convertirse en maestra de música. Más tarde, Rocío asistió a la Formación de Maestros Waldorf y se convirtió en maestra de escuela primaria Waldorf. Además, participó en programas de desarrollo social con arte y transformación social. En 2015 se unió a la Sección de Jóvenes en Buenos Aires, como un lugar para aprender y luchar por un mundo mejor. Junto con sus amigos organizaron conferencias anuales, cursos y grupos de estudio. En 2019-2020 recibió una beca para de la Sección de Jóvenes del Goetheanum y cursó los Estudios Básicos de Antroposofía. Actualmente está estudiando un Master en Ciencias Sociales con Orientación en Educación en la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

 

Taiwan. Participatory Action Research.

In the mid of 2018, Hai Siann Anthroposophy Education Foundation organised a research team to support the younger generations to search for their lives’ purpose during their way to early adulthood. The research team contacted the Youth Section at the Goetheanum and exchanged ideas and findings on the (Re)Search project. Inspired by the peer-led, youth as researcher approach, the Foundation integrated the Taiwan Waldorf Education Movement annual events with inter-school high school student’s volunteering works and practical actions as initiatives for youth participatory action-oriented research. High school teenagers worked on service learning at the yearly Anthroposophical Conference of Taiwan, Asian Chinese Speaking Waldorf Teachers Conference (2019) and Asian Teacher Educators Conference (2020). Over 60 of high school students engaged in total.

With some experience of working with high school students on extra-curricular activities (2017-2018 High School Students Leadership Camp, Asian Chinese Speaking Waldorf Teachers Conference Volunteering), in the Fall of 2019, the research team expanded their connections to Hai Siann High School Gap Year (so-called G13) team. From Jan 2020 until now, the research team has incorporated mentoring and coaching methods to facilitate 24 G13 students to engage deeply in the world and to find their own vocation.

On the other hand, the research team also organised a series of the symposium and has enrolled 14 graduates to take part in “Last Mile” personal biography community. Through narrative inquiry and encounters, co-sensing, and meaning-making, they recounted their life histories and learned to crystalise their insights of witnessing the on-going process of becoming.

Below you can learn more about the researchers.

The following are images of the process of Hai Siann graduates led high school student’s community engagement work this summer semester. Some graduates returned to alma mater to work with approximately 50 high school students on large outdoor bamboo installations construction at the local cultural-historical park.  Click on the image and swipe to see others:

Dr. Yiling Chang

Born in 1960 in Chia-Yi, Taiwan. Has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in drama, and another in counseling. Won a Master’s degree from University of Reading in England and a Ph.D. degree in adult education at Kaohsiung Normal University. Yi-Ling has been in charge of Hai-Siann Waldorf School since 2010. She is the president of Hai-Siann Anthroposophy Education Foundation, chairwoman of Taiwan Waldorf Education Movement Federation and the Coordinator of Waldorf Conference in Taiwan. Earlier she was an Assistant Professor at Meiho University and the Director of a Waldorf kindergarten in Pingtung. Since 2010, she had taken the initiative to start the “Anthroposophical Conference in Taiwan” for 11 years.

Dr. Yahui Fang

Adults and communities/group of educators

Gained a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. degree in adult education at National Kaohsiung Normal University. Served at the Human Resources Center of National Cheng Kung University and part-time assistant professor at General Education Department Community development practitioner and educator’s empowerment for 20 years. Current Position: Hai Siann Anthroposophy Education Foundation, Taiwan Waldorf Education Movement Federation.

Counselor Wenhsiu Wang

Child and adolescent psychologist, former psychiatric, university part-time lecturer and tutor, currently working as a kindergarten school psychologist/freelance worker

Teacher Hsin-I Dai
Filmmakers for 30 years.

Current Position: The 11th-grade instructor of Hai Siann Waldorf High School and the main teacher of media literacy.

Peifen Liao

Colleague in the editorial department of the publishing department of Hai Siann Anthroposophy Education Foundation

Their work with young people at “The Last Mile” personal biography will expect to be made public and published in the coming spring 2021. For more information, you could contact them as follows:

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tel: +886 426565711-27

Email: waldorf.hs.es@gmail.com

Address: No. 12, Lane 127, Wenya Street, Wuqi District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Initiatives from Taiwan research team: Youth Actions for Community Renaissance