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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
2011 brought change to the community of Santa Crux Quixaya in the department of San Lucas Tolimán. For the first time in its history, a woman was elected member of the local government authority. In the past decades, the community was run by two men clinging to power, today it is headed by a group of six, one of them a woman. Community members and teachers consider this development towards democracy and gender representation a result of PCF's education project because it strengthens young people Read more [...]
As we like to involve the children and youth staying in the Pestalozzi Children's Village, we will celebrate the day of Children's Rights on Wednesday, November 16th (the official day is on November 20th). A big market of Children's Rights will be hold in the Village, with different acitivities. The day will end with a flashmob. For 3 minutes, we all - employees, children, youth - will join on the village square and make noise for the Children's Rights with different instruments, voice and other Read more [...]