The Step Together community is a place of hope, where every member learns to love and to give. Our mission is to maintain a relationship of respect and acceptance towards all human beings. It is also about inspiring integrity and awakening moral and social responsibility.
Step Together's special identity is evident in the natural environment, its eco-friendly buildings, the chosen colors and elements in the different classes.
In education, our mission is to impart purpose and direction in every special needs person’s life as a citizen able to contribute in unique ways to human society.
How do we do this?
- By having the courage to push through the challenges and encouraging social change in communities
- By thinking creatively, responsibly and reflectively
- By accepting the differences in religions, learning needs and ways of thinking
- By caring for the physical, emotional and mental health of ourselves and others
- By caring for our community and the ecological environment
- By taking action to contribute to the wellbeing of others
Step Together has a dedicated team of teachers and staff, which is committed to delivering a high quality education, working via an understanding of the rhythms and needs of a developing child, following Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf teachings. Members of staff also work on their own self-development through conferences and training courses.
High value is placed on teaching and learning through the arts and movement as an integral part of all learning experiences. These activities kick-start the will and senses of every child and support the development of flexible and creative thinking. Whenever possible, all subjects are introduced in an artistic way or through practical experience, so concrete slways precedes abstract. It is through careful observation that we learn about every child's needs and capacities.
Step Together is part of a global educational movement. There are currently over 1,000 Steiner/Waldorf schools and 1,600 kindergartens, as well as 120 Camphill communities in almost 70 countries worldwide. The principles that are fundamental to the Steiner/Waldorf educational system are accessible to and are able to be adapted to the needs of different ethnicities, cultures, and religions.
Curriculum content allows for the exploration of a wide variety of cultural traditions and worldviews.
We are part of the worldwide movement Friends of the Waldorf Education in Berlin and our teacher-training program is accredited by the International Council of Curative Education in Dornach, Switzerland. FiSTA-Beirut is the only registered school and community in the Middle East that follows the principles of Rudolf Steiner.
We offer academic remedial, prevocational and vocational programs, as well as therapeutic care, for children and adults with special needs. The academic section, known as Rudolf Steiner School, is registered with the Ministry of Education and gives some of our students the opportunity to integrate into mainstream education after their graduation. We also offer job opportunities for our graduating students in our workshops. We have six different programs catered to meet individual requirements for those with special needs. These programs combine traditional academic and vocational subject matters, presented through artistic work and hands on teaching experiences.
Our multi-disciplinary team believes education can change lives and generations in the future. The team’s main task is to bring knowledge into life and to develop human values based on the study of the human being. Our therapists, parents and craft tutors are encouraged to develop the right attitude and to continuously reflect on their tasks. Working with special needs students allows them to experience the joy of serving, they learn to listen and receive and observe how the students think or feel and how willing they are. They seek development through kindness while working with clarity, detail, insight and care and allowing everyone in our community to develop freely.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
The Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect and scientist, founded anthroposophy, a spiritual movement and science. Steiner advocated ethical individualism and worked through art drama, form drawing and eurhythmy (artistic form of movement and speech). He lectured in biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophy, medicine and Waldorf education.