Our Ethos

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi believed that education is not just about knowledge. It should develop children's 'Head, Heart and Hands' simultaneously - in other words, their minds, their character and their practical life skills.

What does Pestalozzi World do?

We work in poor rural areas of India, Nepal and Zambia. Here, too many brilliant children are held back by poverty, gender stereotypes, racial inequalities, poor education and the pressure to work and earn a living.

High School completion rates for the poorest rural communities in Zambia, India and Nepal are just 3% 13% and 10% respectively (UNESCO UIS 2019z).

The children we select come from 12 different countries. Many are refugees and/or have lost one or both their parents. All of them are exceptionally gifted, but are unable to reach their potential in local schools and under conditions of poverty.

The Selection Process

Our teams in India, Zambia and Nepal travel to some of the most remote areas, where schools are poor and under-resourced.

Here, we work with the communities to select the brightest children at age ten, choosing at least two girls for each boy. We identify those who excel in the areas of emotional intelligence and academic performance. We choose these children for their potential to become role models and changemakers in their communities.

With the support and encouragement of their families, we offer these children the opportunity to join our programme and move to one of the Pestalozzi Villages.

Child-centred care at the
Pestalozzi Villages

At the Pestalozzi Villages, pupils aged 10-18 are supported in their journey to adulthood through our Head, Heart and Hands approach, by a community of experts, volunteers and former students.

They receive an excellent education at high quality local schools, live in a conducive environment for learning and receive additional academic support from staff and peers.

They live in a nurturing environment with child-centred care promoting their emotional wellbeing, motivating them to take care of others and inspiring their ambition.

Through volunteering locally in their communities they learn the value of giving back to those who are less fortunate.

They learn practical life skills. Children grow food and take pride in keeping their village clean and tidy. They learn crafts to develop skills they can use in future life.

The multi-cultural environment they live in teaches them to be respectful and inclusive.

Pestalozzi World villages


When our children leave us at 18 they are fully equipped with a high quality education, exceptionally high grades, life skills and values to sustain them for their futures. They then go on to access university education, supporting themselves.

Our Alumni give back

Our monitoring demonstrates that our Alumni are becoming a new generation of teachers, health professionals, entrepreneurs, aid workers and leaders who are equipped with the tools they need to change the world, together.

We support our Alumni to stay connected with Pestalozzi World and each other even after graduation, and provide them with opportunities for mentoring, volunteering and career advice.

Our Alumni soon become role models in their communities, often actively trying to bring about social change, and true ambassadors for the Pestalozzi values and the new generation of change-makers.

Our Outreach Programme

Our teams are always looking for innovative ways to share the Pestalozzi values with more communities.

Edulution is one of the outreach programmes we support.

Edulution is a social enterprise partially funded by Pestalozzi World, running tablet-based educational programmes for children living in some of the most remote areas of Zambia, including refugee camps. Solar units entirely power the tablets.

Each year, thousands of children improve their reading, writing and math skills through Edulution.

Pestalozzi World supports 4300 children through our outreach programme each year.

The long term impact of your support:

As our students graduate and begin their careers, entire communities benefit from their support.


Pestalozzi World

60% of whom already hold a university or college qualification. Many more will soon graduate. 


Remain in their county of origin

88% of our Alumni have remained in their country of origin, contributing back to their communities. While 9% are studying overseas on scholarships.


Contributing back to their societies

by falling into at least one of these three categories: working in careers of public service, volunteering in community programmes, or supporting family.