Our commitment to children in Switzerland and around the world
The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation works to support children and youths. The Children's Village in Switzerland is a venue for intercultural exchange that allows young people from different backgrounds to meet, thereby engendering an understanding of different cultures. In its work abroad, the Foundation makes it possible for disadvantaged children to have regular access to high quality education.
Projects around the world
In 2015, our projects supported 120,500 children, youths and adults across four continents. Discover projects run by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation around the world.
Education in Switzerland
The education projects in the Children’s Village create tolerance and mutual understanding.
The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation has been involved in development cooperation for over three decades. Together with local partner organisations, we help disadvantaged children and youths exercise their right to a good education, thereby providing them with better opportunities for the future.
Projects have a lasting impact
The projects in the 11 countries are established on a long-term basis. An average term of nine years ensures that the content and methods are integrated into the respective education system on a lasting basis. We involve teaching staff, authorities and parents from the project’s outset so that the local community can help to support the projects. A gradual increase in independent financing by local authorities and financial backers enables local people to continue the projects autonomously and independently after the nine-year period ends.
«We must all work together for the future of the children – Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation leads by example.»
Didier Burkhalter Federal Council
Social encounters that promote peace
Inviting the world to the Children's Village
Everything seems to be changing more and more quickly. Globalisation is making our world smaller; foreign cultures are intermingling and borders are becoming increasingly insignificant. This leads to conflicts and fear. Many lack the ability to open up to strangers and enter into dialogue with one another. Encounters facilitate understanding. This is the aim of the cultural exchange projects organised at the Children’s Village.
Exchange at the Children’s Village
Our education projects enable more than 2,000 children from diverse cultural backgrounds to explore topics such as anti-racism and the prevention of discrimination. Direct encounters encourage them to lose their prejudice. This teaches the children the principles of peaceful coexistence.
Education projects in Switzerland and 11 countries around the world