The Jacobs Foundation invests in the future of young people so that they become socially responsible and productive members of society. In order to achieve this goal, children and youth must be given better opportunities for positive development and equitable access to education. Whatever their background, place of residence or family income, all children should have the chance to reach their full potential.
April 20, 2021
The 2021 Jacobs Foundation Conference addresses education challenges facing children in the next decades. In partnership with MIT Solve, participants will develop solutions to actionable challenges, with up to CHF 1 million in funding available.
April 1, 2021
Simon Sommer was appointed Co-CEO of the Jacobs Foundations in July 2019. Simon is passionate about learning, learning variability, and improving education opportunities for children. He shares with us what he has learned about learning.
March 24, 2021
Education solutions for a post-COVID world
December 17, 2020
It fills us with sadness that our former Trustee Flavio Cotti passed away on Wednesday. Our thoughts are with his family, to whom we extend our sincere condolences.
December 15, 2020
The Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation welcomes two new members. We also thank our longest serving member.
December 14, 2020
Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow Tobias Hauser has developed a fun app for kids based on current neuroscience, to help understand why mental health problems often arise during adolescence.
December 8, 2020
We pledge half a billion Swiss francs to help build more resilient education systems on a global scale in the context of our Strategy 2030.
December 3, 2020
The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes recognize the outstanding commitment and contribution of organizations advancing child and youth development around the world. This year we are honored to present not one but three Prizes.
November 23, 2020
Supporting talented and innovative researchers is a fundamental component of the Jacobs Foundation’s strategy. One important support program is the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program. We are delighted to welcome this year, 13 new Jacobs Foundation Research Fellows into our network. The Fellows are drawn from diverse regions across the globe including Japan, Australia, the […]
October 26, 2020
To galvanize the public to express their support and need for paid parental leave legislation, telling the stories of parents in the first six months of raising their child is fundamental.
A new report conducted by LEK and commissioned by Jacobs Foundation explores the potential of privately-run schools to benefit societies.
Education is intended to prepare children and young people for the future. It currently appears uncertain, however, what this future will be like. Four scenarios for the world of tomorrow.
The annual reports inform about the values, activities as well as the institution and finances of the Jacobs Foundation.
It is the first report of its kind to focus exclusively on education topics written by academic researchers based in forty-eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The story of cocoa in West Africa is largely a story of poverty. Cocoa Interrupted details how social enterprises can play a role in creatively and sustainably addressing the varied needs of cocoa growing communities. The spirit of entrepreneurship, combined with a drive to solve complex social problems, makes social enterprise a natural ally in the effort to tackle the systemic issues associated with the cocoa industry in West Africa.
Throughout life, we encounter changing environments that require us to learn and adapt. Human brain plasticity describes the capacity of our brain to change in response to these experiences.
In honor of its founder, the entrepreneur Klaus J. Jacobs, who passed away in 2008, the Jacobs Foundation has awarded two annual prizes since 2009. For the 10th edition of the Klaus J. Jacobs Awards, the Jacobs Foundation bestowed 10 awards to social innovators and change makers in the field of child and youth development. What the ten awardees have in common is their wish for social change and their restless personal social engagement. They are beyond talking – they act.
In this Medium Term Plan 2016-2020, we outline our strategic goals and our key performance indicators.
A strong coalition of the Ivorian government, companies of the cocoa and chocolate industry and philanthropic partners aims to jointly tackle root causes of child labor in Côte d’Ivoire.
Seeking to improve the living conditions of Ivory Coast’s cocoa farmers and their children, the Jacobs Foundation is working with public and private organizations to develop a sustainable ecosystem that will ensure access to high-quality education.
Highly talented and innovative early career researchers working on child and youth development advance their research with a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, which will improve the development and living conditions of children and youth.
It is people who make change possible. Mindful of that fact, the Jacobs Foundation is working closely with talented, committed individuals thereby creating a network to advance the Foundation’s agenda.
Ready! is a campaign throughout Switzerland that focuses on the formative early childhood years. It brings partners active in the early childhood sector together to work toward a comprehensive early childhood policy.
There are many different kinds of daycare centers. But what do we really know about them? In the interest of greater transparency, the Jacobs Foundation and kibesuisse, a Swiss organization in the early childhood education and care sector, launched the QualiKita initiative.
Primokiz2 connects all actors in the education, social, and health sector and supports them to develop a comprehensive policy on early childhood education thereby creating sound structural conditions.
The longitudinal study being conducted in Bremen with the title “BRISE: Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development” includes a number of targeted interventions for children during the first seven years of life.
The German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS), the Jacobs Foundation and other partners are launching “Quality at the Local Level” in an effort to improve the quality of Germany’s early childhood education and care sector.
To give every child the opportunity for a comprehensive, high-quality education in school and beyond, the Jacobs Foundation is encouraging innovative, systematic cooperation between school-based and extracurricular actors through its Educational Landscapes program.
Every year, senior scholars nominate approximately a dozen young scholars to participate in the Jacobs Foundation’s annual conference. Invitations are extended to postdoctoral researchers whose work is directly related to the focus of the conference.
Every year since 1991, the Jacobs Foundation has held a conference at Marbach Castle on Lake Constance, attracting leading scientists and young scholars from all over the world.
Can memory training boost children’s achievement and intelligence? To what extent is the development of a child’s motor skills correlated with learning in general? These are just some of the questions that the Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM) is investigating.
Lifespan research examines the gradual and systematic changes in behavior that take place over the course of a person’s life. By observing such changes, scientists are able to draw valuable conclusions about child and youth development.
The purpose of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of education research.
How can we gain a better understanding of the prerequisite of children’s learning, and how can we provide targeted support? These questions guide the new partnership between the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) and the Jacobs Foundation.
Society is changing, and so is education. Classrooms have entered the digital age. As a result, we not only need new teaching methods; we also need to introduce new educational technologies to the classroom.