Title ID 8230Collection ID799
TitleThe Pestalozzi Story
Date9 April 1984
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsCharities Children Education Religious Festivals Schools Youth Youth Organizations
LocalSedlescombe Battle
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionTriangle Video Production [?]
Commissioning bodyPestalozzi Children's Village Trust
FormatColour Sound
Duration16min. 38sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An promotional film commissioned by the Pestalozzi Children’s Village Trust. The film compares life in developing countries with the opportunities Pestalozzi children receive at Sedlescombe, Sussex.


The film opens with shots of adults and children in the developing world. The narrator highlights some of the problems faced by the developing world, such as malnutrition, disease and lack of water. The commentary goes on to state that problems can be overcome through education. Shot of Pestalozzi children in a classroom. Titles: "Benjawan", "Namgyal" & "Samsong", the children talk about how they plan to help the communities in their home countries. Shots of the village, including the various practical elements of the curriculum such as metalwork, farming and making charcoal. Title: "Yashpal", Yashpal talks about being able to make roof tiles at home in India. Title: "Jacky Pollock, Primary English Teacher", she talks about the behaviour of the children. Shots of children learning healthcare skills, Title: "Usance", she talks about her ambition of becoming a nurse and SEN training. Shots of children learning rural hygiene techniques. Title: "Alan Hatter, Warden", he talks about the curriculum of Pestalozzi and the training the children receive. Close-up shots of a water pump being operated by a child. Title: "Bill Mountain, Deputy Warden", he talks about the skills the children learn at Pestalozzi and the ideals promoted by Johann Pestalozzi, accompanied by shots of children metalworking and bricklaying. Shots of a village house that was built by the children. The narrator talks about how children are arranged into houses which help to preserve their national identities and customs. Shots from inside the Tibetan house where children eat dinner and pray. Shots of a meeting with the Deputy Warden and the housemothers. Shots of children in class at Claverham Community College. Title: "Chris Thompson, Headmaster", he talks about the positive contribution the Pestalozzi children make to the life of the school. Shots of a religious education class and children celebrating Diwali. A boy talks about the benefits of the Pestalozzi education. The Deputy Warden talks about the future of the Pestalozzi village and its ambition of growth. The narrator talks about how the Pestalozzi children can help their communities in the developing world; shots of the developing world. The film ends with an appeal for financial help. End credits.