ESCC Chairman visits Pestalozzi
2 September 2013
East Sussex County Council Chairman Colin Belsey visited Pestalozzi last week with his consort Terri Belsey to meet with the charity’s staff and students. Pestalozzi Chief Executive Sue Walton introduced them to Pestalozzi’s work, after which they toured facilities and had lunch with some of the new and returning students.
Councillor Belsey, who was appointed in May this year, said, "This was my first visit to Pestalozzi and I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of the students and the fact they view their education as a privilege not an obligation. It is clear that they truly appreciate the opportunities that a Pestalozzi scholarship brings them.”
Photograph: Mrs Terri Belsey, Rachel Nanteza, Daniel Hernandez, Nigel Malaba, Sushan Shrestha, Pestalozzi CEO Sue Walton, Councillor Colin Belsey and Timothy Ogolla.
Pestalozzi students gained exceptional results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the last academic year, and many received awards for their academic excellence and their service to the college and the community in volunteering and awareness-raising roles.
This year, Pestalozzi is supporting 45 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in eight different countries, including the charity’s first three students from Bhutan. "I wish the Pestalozzi team all the best in securing the funding they need to continue and develop the programme,” said Councillor Belsey. "It seems to me that with our support these exceptional young people will indeed go on to make a difference in the world.”
Pestalozzi’s Chief Executive Sue Walton added, "It was wonderful to meet Chairman and Mrs Belsey, and students and staff alike appreciated them making so much time for Pestalozzi. I know that their student hosts, Sushan Shrestha and Timothy Ogolla, have already invited them back for our International Celebration on 8 March 2014!”
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