Pestalozzi International Village

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Pestalozzi International Village Trust
Pestalozzi Uk.jpg
Pestalozzi Logo
Legal statusCharity
PurposeProviding Education to Academic minded scholars from low economy countries
  • Sedlescombe, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Pestalozzi International Village Trust (formerly called Pestalozzi Children's Village Trust) is an educational charitable organisation based in East Sussex, England.[1]


The Pestalozzi Children’s Village (German: Kinderdorf Pestalozzi) was established in Trogen, Switzerland, in 1946, after the Second World War, to accommodate and educate children from both sides of the war.[2] The concept soon spread to other countries, and in the UK the Pestalozzi Children Village was opened. The charity is named after a Swiss educationalist called Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi who believed in educating the heart, hands and head as a complete educational system. Pestalozzi Village initially offered children vocational courses to equip them with skills from agriculture to carpentry.

Today, Pestalozzi International Village UK sponsors students from developing countries to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Course program at Sussex Coast College Hastings, (formerly called Hastings College of Arts and Technology) in St Leonards-on-Sea. The village also sponsors different programs overseas such as educational empowerment of Tibetans living in India also in Nepal. The charity relies on contributions from the public government bodies and individuals.


Pestalozzi International Village is an educational charity based in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, England. The charity was founded in the UK in 1957 to support the Pestalozzi Swiss Village in Switzerland.[3] The village was built on a 170-acre (0.69 km2) estate in Sedlescombe, UK and opened in 1959. 40 children between the ages of 10 and 18 from 15 European countries were accommodated and educated according to the principles of Swiss educationist called Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Children were educated in local schools in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea. In later years, the trust's focus has changed to providing educational opportunities for young people aged 16 to 19 who are academically bright but financially disadvantaged.

Educational program[edit]

Pestalozzi Scholars study the International Baccalaureate at Sussex Coast College Hastings. They come from different countries, live and learn together. While in the village, scholars participate in other programs such Pestalozzi Outreach educational programs,[4] gardening, Ecolab and others.

Patron and management[edit]

HRH The Duke of Gloucester GCVO is the Patron of Pestalozzi International Village Trust. The village is headed by a Chief Executive Officer.


  1. ^ “Pestalozzi International Village Trust” Archived 2008-09-21 at the Wayback Machine., ProfitNet, University of Brighton
  2. ^ “Pestalozzi Children Village at Trogen”, UNESCO
  3. ^ “A Short History”[permanent dead link], Pestalozzi International Village Trust
  4. ^ “Pestalozzi for Schools”, Pestalozzi International Village Trust