Our values

Our main goal is to support as many education and training opportunities as possible. We consider a project a success if it is funded by EDUCA SWISS or if, thanks to our coaching, another funding source is found. Our coaching provides clarity about the educational project and the budget and serves as a supportive and encouraging measure.

In our coaching we attach great importance to 6 value principles. You can find them in detail in our downloadable values paper.

You can also read the summary here:

What we offer:

1. Time & Advice

  • Volunteer coaches invest their time.
  • Understanding the candidate’s concerns, goals and situation.
  • We use the Educaplan tool to bring clarity.
  • Our life experience, our expertise and our network.

2. Encouragement

  • We provide encouragement throughout the coaching process.
  • We work in a solution-oriented way, even with complex projects.
  • Openness and impartiality build trust.

3. Feasibility

  • The career goal is not questioned, but the educational path to get there is.
  • We accompany the project planning carefully and according to our guidelines.
  • Our processes and second opinions provide security and confidence.
  • When in doubt, we always try to provide opportunities.

4. Support

  • We are there for the people we support from the moment the loan is granted until the last instalment is paid.
  • In the event of repayment difficulties, we offer renewed coaching and help to find solutions.
  • Health and financial burdens are avoided.
  • Our principles ensure that no one goes bankrupt through no fault of their own as a result of our education loans.

What we expect:

5. Motivation & Perseverance

  • Motivation for the educational project and the professional goal is important to us.
  • Persistence and diligence in the process gives us confidence in the success of the project.
  • If we do not sense any “urgency” on the part of the candidate, we will not push.

6. Commitment

  • Candidates respond promptly to communications and meet deadlines.
  • We will be patient with delays, but will stop communication if there are repeated failures.
  • We expect respectful treatment of the coach and the team.

EDUCA SWISS is supported among others by

Matthias

Matthias Aebischer

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.»

Matthias Michel

Matthias Michel

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

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

Industrial Psychologist

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.