What is Pestalozzi World?

Pestalozzi World is a charity for children and a family of not-for-profit organizations serving and supporting children from some of the poorest regions in the world.

Pestalozzi World works in Zambia, India and Nepal with children from backgrounds of extreme poverty.
All the children we work with are held back by racial inequalities, gender stereotypes, poor education and the pressure to work and earn a living, limiting their opportunities and chances of gaining at education that would reach their potential. 

We give these children the opportunity to reach their potentials and ultimately change their lives.

Pestalozzi World works in Zambia, India, and Nepal with children who live in extreme poverty. Children that are recognised at being exceptionally bright are selected to join the Pestalozzi programme.

Pestalozzi World is a creation of Sir Richard Butler

Sir Richard became a social entrepreneur following a distinguished career in international banking with The First Boston Corporation and Blyth, Eastman Dilon, processor US banks of Credit Suisse and the UBS. After learning about the transforming power of the Pestalozzi approach for children from the world’s neediest regions, he led the creation of the PestalozziWorld Villages in Africa and Asia.

Over the past five years, he has worked with the founder of Edulution to bring tablet-based education to thousands of rural children and refugees in southern Africa.

Pestalozzi Children's Village Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia

The Pestalozzi World Zambian Village has been operating on two sites in Lusaka, Zambia, for more than a decade. 

About two-thirds of the children selected for the programme come from rural villages from all provinces of Zambia; and about one-third of the students are from refugee camps and neighbouring countries including Malawi, Angola, Burundi, Congo, and Rwanda.

Our students start their journey with Pestalozzi World in Kasisi, on the outskirts of Lusaka. Here they spend their first two years learning the Pestalozzi World way.

After two years, they then become students of the Zambian Village in Ibex Hill, also in Lusaka. They all study at an excellent partner private school, which is only a few steps away from the Village.  

After the school day has ended, they play sports on the field they share with the school and return to the Village to tend to their large organic garden. They also help prepare food, clean and maintain the facilities.

Because of a shortage of high-quality education options in Lusaka, Pestalozzi World launched a school next to its Village. Most of the children must travel by car or bus for 3-12 hours when they go home on school holidays.

Pestalozzi Children's Village India

Dehradun, India

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas,  the Indian city of Dehradun is home to Pestalozzi World’s Indian Village which was established in 2004.

It is a home away from home for 90 girls and 48 boys. About one-third of its children are Indian, one-third are from Nepal, and the families of the other third are Tibetan refugees. 

Dehradun is also home to a number of high-quality secondary schools which are pleased to enroll PestalozziWorld students. Every morning, the children travel to these schools by bus.

After they return from their secondary schools, they play basketball, volleyball, or football and to tend to their organic garden, help prepare food, do laundry, continue projects of needlework, carpentry, or the cleaning and maintaining of their facilities.

Many children in the Village are also singing in a choir and taking music lessons, thanks to the Royal Overseas League. Tutors come to the village in the evening to help students with school work.

Pestalozzi Children's Village Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

The PestalozziWorld Village in Pokhara, Nepal is the newest Village. Launched in 2016, this growing Village now serves 37 students, recruited from 11 rural villages across Nepal. 

It is located in Nepal’s second-largest city, Pokhara, which is is home to seven schools in which PestalozziWorld scholars are enrolled.

At the Village, all aspects of administration, teaching, and skills are carried out by PestalozziWorld alumni who graduated from our programme. 

In addition to school attendance each weekday, Village residents do carpentry, gardening, pickle-making and community service in the form of neighbourhood cleaning.

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