Hummingbird Insitute of Brazil


Rio de Janeiro – RJ



The Project

The inclusion of children from 2 to 6 years old, linked to the NGO Casa da Alegria (House of Joy), by applying the dynamics of the Waldorf Pedagogy as well as reflections on structural racism, is the focus of this project. Executed at João de Barro Culture Garden, in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the project seeks the healthy development of socially vulnerable children in a region where family production contributes to the health, identity and culture of the population. The scenario has given rise to the application of Emergency Pedagogy*, with an emphasis on the daily experience of the rhythm of a Waldorf school as a viable option for social inclusion and the effectiveness of the therapeutic character present in the pedagogical treatment of children. The Racial Literacy Course and Waldorf Pedagogy were selected because they present pedagogical-therapeutic and awareness-raising resources that can contribute to the healthy development and integration of children and their families involved in the project.

*Emergency Pedagogy works to help children who have experienced trauma caused by dramatic events. The pedagogical line was created in 2006 by the German professor Bernd Ruf, who states: “Verbally expressing feelings is not always the best way to deal with trauma. So, it is necessary to think of alternatives that help these people to reconnect with themselves.”


– Offer two training modules in Emergency Pedagogy for teachers at João de Barro Culture Garden.

– Involve the children’s families, providing reception and guidance in supporting the development of the children served, through weekly conversation sessions and the offer of a monthly course on the ethnic-racial agenda, with Racial Literacy, Study of Structural Racism and Anti-racist Practices.

– Support the neuropsychomotordevelopment of children through the application of the special resources of Waldorf Pedagogy (4 hours a day, 20 hours a week).

– Attest to the improvement in children’s development, through assessments by a professional trained in special resources of the Waldorf Pedagogy.


– In addition to the social diagnosis of children in the region (already conducted by the NGO House of Joy), offering these children educational and artistic-cultural activities.

– Expansion of the Garden’s social actions.

– Expansion of the dissemination and performance of the Anthroposophic Pedagogy proposal within the community.

– Evaluation of results by qualified professionals.