Sustainability is an important factor in the field of development cooperation. All of our projects are implemented in close cooperation with the local population. Only support from the local community can sustain the long-term success of a project.
Developing long-term effects
Building schools and distributing books only helps local communities to a limited extent. There is little point in providing new classrooms and teaching materials if there are not enough qualified teachers to actually teach the children. This is why development aid relies on the development of sustainable concepts.
Gradual withdrawal from projects
The development of a school programme in cooperation with the local community is just the start. Our projects are designed to be incorporated into their respective education systems after a period of nine years, after which further support is not required. Our financial contribution is gradually withdrawn over the years. Integrating these projects into the local educational system and enabling them to increasingly rely on local financing facilitates their long-term realisation.
Education as a development goal
Education is the main priority of all projects run by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. Access to school education and improvements to this are the primary goals of our work.
«The projects run by the Foundation are synonymous with professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness.»
Grégory Häuptli Policy and Evaluation Advisor International Programmes
Distinction for cultural acceptance in the classroom
Hassayarat Panchaichok was recently distinguished for her project on cultural diversity in schools, a topic that the Thai teacher had worked on at the Children’s Village. Find out more
Intercultural teaching methods
Vladimir Gjorgjevski attended the emPower further education course in 2015. What did he achieve with what he learned when he returned to Macedonia? The Foundation asked him – and was amazed by the answer. Find out more
The former «emPower» student Raisa Nineth Palala Martínez is awarded the first prize for «Exemplary Educational Concepts for Peace» in Guatemala.