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.
February 13, 2020
The Jacobs Foundation, the UBS Optimus Foundation and other partners have pledged CHF 30M to support the Ivorian government’s strategic objective to fight child labor and to provide children in Côte d’Ivoire with a good start in life and quality education.
February 3, 2020
The Call for Applications for the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is now open. The competitive fellowship for early career researchers aims at improving the development of children and youth. The deadline is March 16, 2020.
January 20, 2020
Food for thought by two highly regarded researchers at KOSMOS, Zurich: Daphne Bavelier, cognitive scientist and 2019 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize recipient, and Amy Ogan, educational technologist and Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow.
January 15, 2020
When it comes to sustainability, there are no shortcuts: it requires long-term investments and patience to achieve expected results. Yet, investing in high quality early childhood and primary education in cocoa growing regions is the best path forward.
December 13, 2019
Given the remarkable success of The Learning Sciences Exchange Fellowship, we are thrilled to announce the call for application for a second cohort. The next class of LSX fellows will include representatives from a fifth sector—social entrepreneurship.
December 3, 2019
How can digital technologies be effectively integrated in the classroom? Jacobs Research Fellow Sarah Hofer explains what research on scaffolding has found.
December 3, 2019
New skills in financial literacy are strengthening the confidence of women in cocoa communities of Côte d’Ivoire. The Women for Change project enables them to save and borrow money so that they can set up their own business and increase household income.
December 3, 2019
Are there wrong and right books to read to babies? A public service announcement produced by fellows of the LSX Fellowship offers interesting answers. The two year fellowship program brings 12 participants from science, journalism, entertainment and policy.
November 22, 2019
The 2019 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize was awarded to Prof. Daphne Bavelier during an interactive ceremony at the University of Zurich. Hundreds of guests literally stepped into Prof. Bavelier’s research topics.
November 22, 2019
Questions around New Leadership at the intersection of leading and being led are explored during a workshop on 22 November 2019. This workshop is exclusively designed for the Jacobs Network members and takes place before the Klaus J. Jacobs awards ceremony.
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.
The annual reports inform about the values, activities as well as the institution and finances of the Jacobs Foundation.
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.
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.