EDUCA SWISS’ Background
EDUCA SWISS was founded in Lucerne in 2015 by founders and foundation board members Monique Bär, Marco Billeter, Claude Siegenthaler and Monica Vögele. EDUCA SWISS is now an indispensable part of promoting education in Switzerland. Our candidates’ graduation rate is significantly higher than the Swiss average. Together with our lenders, coaches, donors, we create opportunities every day.
EDUCA SWISS’ endeavours are made possible by donations from private individuals and institutional donors. The foundation is subject to supervisions that are proper of Swiss foundations.
EDUCA SWISS is supported among others by
National Council Bern
«Education is a human right and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their social background or financial starting position. I am committed to this along with EDUCA SWISS Foundation.»
Council of States Zug
«I support EDUCA SWISS in its goal of ensuring that every ambitious person in Switzerland can complete an education or training program – regardless of their financial situation or social background.»
Sandra Locher Benguerel
National Councillor Graubünden
«Education is the key to a self-determined life and contributes to a strong and stable society. That’s why I support EDUCA SWISS in its goal to create fair opportunities.»
Professor Dr. Theo Wehner
Theo Wehner studied psychology and sociology, is now a visiting professor at the University of Bremen and professor emeritus at the Center for Organizational and Work Sciences at ETH Zurich University. As an expert, he works for leading foundations that finance education. His research focuses on the meaning of professional work and the act of becoming in today’s society. How do we learn through experience – especially in dealing with mistakes and failure? What is the nature of volunteer work? How do we define effective support and guidance for people in their professional development? These questions are highly relevant for the EDUCA SWISS’ work especially.
Peter F. Weibel
Expert on Business and Foundations
Peter F. Weibel studied business administration at the University of Zurich and spent many years in leading positions for leading companies in Switzerland, including as CEO of PwC from 1988 to 2003 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group from 2004 to 2012. For 15 years now, Peter F. Weibel has committed professionally to education, social issues and culture. He was awarded the Medal of Honor of the City of Zurich for his services as long-time President of the Festivals. He contributed to the development of several foundations, including the Pestalozzi Foundation. Since 2012, he has presided over the Foundation of the University of Zurich. For EDUCA SWISS, Peter Weibel’s experience in professional governance, sustainable fundraising and especially in impact-oriented leadership is particularly valuable.