The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation organises its international projects in close cooperation with local charitable organisations. In order to make ongoing improvements to our projects, we offer employees of our partner organisations an eight-month further education course at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village.
Living and learning in the Children’s Village
Each year, 16 young adults from the eleven countries in which the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation operates complete the eight-month emPower further education course at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village. During their visit, they live together in the same house and attend lectures and workshops that focus on education, intercultural awareness and development cooperation. A practical placement helps them consolidate the knowledge gained – this constitutes an important part of their further education here in Switzerland. They are also involved in the education programmes organised for the children at the Children’s Village.
Improving our projects abroad
The emPower course is designed to further the professional and vocational skills of its young participants. An additional aim of the further education course is to support personal development. Following the completion of the course in Switzerland, the participants return to their home countries to share their new outlooks and knowledge with children and colleagues. Their diploma is issued after this knowledge is transferred. The further education course constitutes an important contribution to the ongoing improvement of our international projects.
«I have learned a lot during my eight months here, and I am very happy that I am able to apply my knowledge and experiences to my work with children in Honduras.»
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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.