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Beya in his new shirt! 

Welcome to PestalozziWorld News

Happy New Year and thank you for all your support in 2017! Together we provided 530 students from rural areas of Africa and Asia with a secondary education in our Children's Villages  or alumni programmes. We also supported an amazing 3900 students through our non-selective mobile learning programme in Zambia which teaches maths and literacy to students in rural areas.

The last quarter of 2017 was an exciting and busy time for our students with exams, sports competitions and festivals taking place. A lot of students won medals for their sporting achievements and the skills workshops were buzzing with children learning sewing, carpentry and knitting. Beya a Grade 6 Zambian student was particularly  keen to finish his sewing project as he wanted to wear it home for the  December holidays. With a lot of hard work he managed to finish his shirt in the nick of time and proudly wore it on the bus ride home to show his parents! 
Maria Ngoma in the farm shop

Zambian Alumni Enterprises by Grace Mwenya 

The alumni enterprises at the Zambian Village are an initiative to empower alumni and enable them to gain financial independence. The Village runs four small businesses with alumni either managing or working in each business. The farm shop is one such business. It operates as a restaurant with the main customers being students and staff at the Pestalozzi Eduction Centre. They serve rice, nshima, meat and vegetables alongside snacks such as fritters and fries.It is run by Maria Ngoma who this year was awarded alumna of the year for her hard work and contribution towards PestalozziWorld.

The ultimate goal is for all these businesses to contribute financially towards the running of the African Village. Therefore each business is working towards expanding profits, and while others are self sufficient, some are still working towards that. The farm shop has shown great improvements from the time it was started. It has been a great experience for both Maria and her assistant, as there is always something new to learn everyday.
 Alumni Volunteering for PestalozziWorld by Joanna Nair 

The best advice and the most effective support of students come from our alumni who have the understanding gained from once being PestalozziWorld students themselves. 

At least 219 alumni have or are volunteering for PestalozziWorld, many of them being involved long-term, bringing the total to an impressive 486 different voluntary activities. These include working as house-parents, teaching and organising reunions. 

 We are getting closer to our goal - fulfilling the circle of success to such an extent that the organisation is run and staffed by its alumni with a number of alumni volunteering at Board level in Nepal and India. To all those who are making this happen- Thank you!
Festivals at the Asian Village by Priyanshu Raj, Class 11
Festivals are much awaited by us children in the Asian Village.  These are some of the festivals we celebrated in the last quarter of 2017. 

On  2nd October we marked Gandhi Jayanti , the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The senior boys melodiously sang Ganghi’s favourite song, “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram”. Two students gave speeches in English and Hindi respectively. Mamta of Class 11 gave a speech on the life of Pestalozzi.

Next we celebrated the festival of lights, Diwali, which is one of the most important festivals in India. We had inter-house rangoli, dance and music competitions judged by Cheme Ma’am, Nina Ma’am and Sue Ma’am. The senior boys won by putting on a stunning dance performance and melodious singing. Each and every house in the village was very well decorated with candles and oil lamps. Diwali marks the return of Lord Ram and his wife Sita back to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.

On 14th November, the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, is celebrated as Children’s Day. We eagerly awaited the arrival of this day as we heard that  the staff were secretly preparing a show for us. The day finally arrived and we were literally shell-shocked to see all the staff members perform so sportingly. The show included a fancy dress parade, dance performances and stand- up comedy. We enjoyed the amazing Garhwali dance performance by Cheme Ma’am and the housemothers the most.  

Then on 10th December, we had a prayer ceremony to mark the 28th year of H.H the Dalai Lama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. After the singing of all 3 national anthems, sweets were distributed.
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