Thirty years ago, the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation launched its first development programme by setting up aid projects for children in Lebanon, India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Interesting insights into the history and development of our International Programmes gives our small
Today, as soon as school closes, Irsan goes straight to the education centre run by PCF’s partner organisation, Vrama Si. Here he does his homework and takes Macedonian lessons. For example, a donation of 360 francs allows four children to attend school classes for one year.
The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation (PCF) has been involved in development cooperation for 30 years. You are therefore right to ask whether its work has been successful.
Long-term statistics show positive results: literacy rates have improved substantially worldwide since the 1980s, and increasing numbers of children – particularly girls – attend school and complete primary or even secondary education.
The figures are even more remarkable when we take into account Read more [...]
Erdzan lives with his parents and siblings in the Roma settlement of Baraki, near Kumanovo, in Macedonia. However, the 12-year-old is not always there. Once a year, his entire family travels throughout the country in search of work. Every family member tries to find some means of income and when they have enough money together they go back to Baraki and stay there for a year.
They shunned and yelled at him
Migratory labour was not the only reason why Erdzan failed to attend school Read more [...]
Hongsa Ratchatudom is 25 years old and comes from Thailand. In 2012, she took part in PCF's intercultural training programme emPower. Back home, she lives in Kanchanaburi Province close to the Three Pagodas Pass which forms the border between Thailand and Myanmar. Hongsa has made it her goal to support ethnic minorities.
Hongsa studied at the Technical University in Myanmar but soon realised that she much prefers to work with people than to solve technical problems. So once she finished Read more [...]
Visit a school in Ethiopia and join an intercultural exchange between students from Basel and young persons from Serbia in the Children's Village: Our new documentary has been edited just in time before Christmas.
“I learned that we are more than our physicalness, we are also the region in which we were born, the house where we learned to walk, the games we played, the stories we listened to, the food we ate, the schools we visited and the God or the creator in whom we believe.”
This statement by one of our emPower students shows how PCF’s intercultural training in the Pestalozzi Children’s Village can change young people by influencing their perception, attitudes and ways of thinking. For the fifth Read more [...]
In Switzerland, obligatory free education was enshrined in the Federal Constitution in 1848 when the Federal State was created. The move was guided by the conviction that education enables children to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic federal state when they grow up. In 1989, the right to education was enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which Switzerland – like numerous other states – has ratified. By ratifying this Convention, Member Read more [...]
Children, youth and adults want to participate in shaping the future. And they expect school to provide the knowledge they need to do so. Over 25 important national organisations working in the fields of health, human rights, children and youth, and environment have joined together to form an education coalition (Bildungskoalition NGO/Coalition Education ONG), and the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation is one of them. The coalition intends to play an active role in shaping education, rather than leaving Read more [...]
Girls who can meet in school clubs and pass free time together develop good self-confidence. Girls who attend school close to their home are less at risk of abuse on their long way to school. Girls and young women are in the centre of our projects, not only today –the International Day of the Girl Child –but every day. For example Guja …
When the birds start their morning chorus and the sun begins to rise, Guja gets up, washes her hands, collects water and eats her snack. She is Read more [...]
For Franz Müller who asked us on Facebook to publish a few photos from the olden days, and for all our former residents and staff members. We went into our archives to look for documents from our early days. We found photos of the first children in the Pestalozzi Children’s Village, scanned them and posted them on our website for everyone to enjoy. Have fun!
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