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Pestalozzi Timeline


  • Early group at Pestalozzi1946: Pestalozzi Village in Trogen opens in the bi-centenary of Pestalozzi’s birth. The Village was named after Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) an educationist, humanist and philosopher.
  • 1947: British Pestalozzi Children’s Village Association formed to select children and houseparents for the two British houses in the Trogen Village.


  • 1950: First British children join the Trogen Village.
  • 1957: Pestalozzi Children’s Village Trust formed to expand work of the earlier Association. Oaklands Park in Sedlescombe is chosen as a site and bought.
  • 1959: First European children arrive in Sedlescombe - 8 boys from Displaced Persons camps in Germany. They were soon joined by other young victims from war-torn Europe.


  • Pestalozzi badge1960: Inauguration Day for the Village - 24th October, United Nations Day.
  • 1963: The first Tibetan refugees arrive in January.
  • 1966: The first Thai children arrive in May. The first Palestinian Arab children from the West Bank arrive in August. The first Indian children arrive in September.
  • 1967: The first Nigerian children arrive in January.


  • 1971: Vietnamese children arrive in July.
  • 1973: HRH The Duke of Gloucester becomes Patron on 1st January.
  • 1979: The first Nepalese children arrive in November.


  • 1988: The first Zambian children arrive in October.


  • 1997: Pestalozzi's first International Baccalaureate students arrive in September. Three are from India, six from Nepal, three are Tibetan, there are four Zambians and four Zimbabweans.
  • 1998: The Development Education Centre opens - courses are run for British teachers, children and general public.


  • 2011: Pestalozzi's first Ugandan student arrives.
  • 2012: Pestalozzi's first Belizean students arrive.
  • 2013: Pestalozzi's first Bhutanese students arrive.
  • 2014: Pestalozzi's first Indonesian students arrive.

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