Imagine a world...

... where the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow truly understand the issues humanity faces, having had lived experience of poverty, marginalisation and discrimination, and who are equipped with the tools and the compassion needed to solve them.

Educating for Brighter Futures

To solve the world’s toughest problems, we need more change-makers who truly understand them.

Today, those in positions of influence both globally and locally often lack the lived experience and the compassion needed to truly understand and solve the issues faced by people living in poverty. But at the same time, those who do have that lived experience rarely have the opportunity to become the leaders needed to bring about change.

​Our Alumni are a new generation of professionals, entrepreneurs and aid workers; who are equipped with the tools they need to change the world.

Children’s abilities are equally distributed across the globe, but opportunity isn’t.

Schools are often inadequate or under-resourced.

Around 53% of children in low-and middle-income countries cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school.

World Bank 2019a

Millions of children are forced to work to support their family.

63 million girls and 97 million boys were in child labour globally at the beginning of 2020.

Unicef and ILO 2020

Girls are often the first to lose their right to an education.

Globally, 1 in 5 women 20 to 24 years of age were married in childhood. UN SDG Snapshot 2020

UN SDG Snapshot 2020

The Pestalozzi values: learning with Head, Heart and Hands

Our work is inspired by Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, a Swiss social reformer and educator.

Pestalozzi believed that education is not just about knowledge. It should instead develop children’s ‘Head’, ‘Heart’ and ‘Hands’ simultaneously – in other words, their minds, their character and their practical life skills. This complete approach shapes children who develop the tools and the compassion they need to become future leaders and change-makers.

For this reason, the pupils we nurture through our programmes not only receive excellent classroom education (the Head). They also learn how to care for themselves and others and are required to volunteer locally (the Heart) and to develop their practical skills beyond the classroom (the Hands).

Guiding Principles

1. The power of lived experience

We believe that the best people to influence the advancement of policies, markets and communities in the developing world are those who truly understand the context of poverty.

2. A complete education

Education is not only about knowledge. It should also develop children’s powers of ‘Head,' ‘Heart’ and ‘Hands’ simultaneously - in other words, their minds, their characters and their practical life skills.

3. Child-centred care changes lives

Nurturing children’s emotional and physical well-being is essential to enable their social development and help create the compassionate leaders and change-makers our world needs.