Project information

"Make a difference this Christmas"

Pestalozzi scholarships enable young people from the world’s most marginalised communities to study A Levels in East Sussex. This Christmas, make a difference for our 16 students and help them to complete their A Levels and get the education they deserve.

August 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Pestalozzi International Village Trust

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  • Need


    Our students have grown up in disadvantaged communities in Africa, Asia and Central America, but have exceptional academic skills. Too many schools across the developing world lack the skills and resources to offer the challenge and support to high achieving students who have the potential to make a difference. The students have already overcome shown they have the determination of overcome enormous barriers to education but need your help to reach their potential.


    Our current group of 16 Pestalozzi students started their A-Level studies in 2017 and now have just seven months to complete their courses. Your gift will ensure the college fees for three of the students are paid and that they are supported in a multi-cultural, multi-faith environment. Many of our students go on to internationally-renowned universities. All of them are passionate about using their education to make a positive difference in society.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support students to complete their A-Level studies.


    » Provide personal support and accommodation to the students,
    » Support students to attend and study at a local school.
    » Provide extracurricular and supporting activities such as language teaching, music and art.

    What success will look like

    Students successfully complete their A-Level courses.

  • Impact


    All Pestalozzi students create positive ripples that touch the lives of many others. An educated young person has many more opportunities to support their family and community, and to make the change they want to see for the future.
    We will measure this impact by monitoring our alumni’s progress after they leave us, whether this is through further academic achievement; through direct support to their communities; or through an impactful career in medicine, science or conservation.


    Young people's home situations or difficulty focusing on academic studies could cause loss of academic potential. This is mitigated through our provision of round-the-clock care and access to counselling services if required.


    All donors are offered the opportunity to receive a newsletter twice a year to update them on students' achievements and their ambitions for the future.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 College fees Cost of three students attending and studying at a local college
  • Background


    Our students are selected from schools in Belize, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as Tibetans in exile in India and Nepal. All of these countries have some degree of political upheaval, socioeconomic deprivation, illiteracy, lack of medical care and amenities, and extreme poverty. Pestalozzi provides a peaceful, welcoming and supportive environment in East Sussex to enable these young people to learn and grow.


    The positive ripples of our scholarships are wide-ranging. Many of our students continue their studies at university and 73% obtain first degrees, 16% Masters and 3% PhDs. Our programme changes the life trajectories of our students. Horizons are broadened and ambitions widened as a result of the opportunities provided. The knowledge and skills they gain, as well as the attitudes they develop, equip them to make a difference at multiple levels – individual, family, community and society-wide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pestalozzi is the only international educational charity that provides a UK based environment to bring together young people from around the world. This allows global conversations to develop into new ideas and ways of working together to make real change in the world. Our students are selected for their vision and potential to make change, and our environment develops their ability to see local problems within a global context, and to embrace the difference and diversity they find here.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Margaret Alexander, Student Programme Manager

    Mags leads the Student Programme team and is focused on supporting young people who are keen to make a difference in the world.

    Fay Fellows, Student Programme Officer

    Fay oversees extra-curricular activities, arranges education trips and supports university applications.

The donations will fund my education and my daily needs, which essentially is shaping my future

Nischal Poudel, Pestalozzi student