Education paves the way for children to benefit from an independent, economically secure future. Education creates social justice and promotes tolerance towards others. This is why we are committed to providing education opportunities for children and youths both in Switzerland and around the world.
Education projects abroad
Over 50 million children do not go to school. Children from ethnic and religious minorities and poor families in particular are frequently refused school education. This perpetuates the problem, as education is an indisputable means of escaping poverty.
Education for underprivileged children
Every franc invested in education generates several times its worth in added value. The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation advocates access to high-quality education for disadvantaged children in eleven countries worldwide. Every year, our education projects reach approximately 120,500 children, teaching staff and parents throughout the world.
Educational projects in Switzerland
While we advocate access to education for underprivileged children abroad, our focus in Switzerland is on promoting intercultural skills for children and youths. Globalisation is making the world smaller: different cultures are rubbing shoulders and blending with one another. The situation in Switzerland is no exception.
Creating tolerance and understanding
In a globalised world, tolerance and mutual understanding are key to a peaceful coexistence. Our educational projects, which are targeted at Swiss children and youths and groups from abroad, address these issues. During their stay at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village, young people learn to embrace the unknown and support minorities. More than 2,000 children and youths take part in the extracurricular projects at the Children’s Village every year.
Children have rights
Every child has the right to education, regardless of their social or religious background. This is what we are committed to.
«Good education creates the foundations for a good future – and for the peaceful coexistence of humans. This is our goal.»
Julika Funk Head of Education and Evaluation Projects
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.