Our Activities

For more than 30 years, we have devoted ourselves to promoting child and youth development all over the world. With the complex social changes taking place in the world today, education is becoming increasingly important for success in life. Through our activities, we identify important issues and societal needs in education and learning. Together with our partners we seek to find innovative ways to promote learning and child development, and to facilitate social change and lasting impact.

Current Projects

SKILL – School Knowledge & Innovation
Learning Lab

Schools worldwide have started to transform the way they teach and manage their institutions in light of new technological developments and the deep changes in our society, especially in the context of COVID-19.

SEAL – School Evidence for Adaptive Learning

Rigorous education research has increased considerably in recent decades. There is, however, only limited evidence on topics such as adaptive teaching, personalized learning and effective use of EdTech.

Scientific Capital

Education technology (EdTech) is a growing field with a huge potential to transform teaching and learning by providing tools to effectively address variability in learning.

School aggregators

To foster a global school system that facilitates the generation and transfer of research and good practices, we collaborate with organizations or institutions that group a large number of schools within and across national education systems.

TRECC – Transforming Education in Ivory Coast

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.

CLEF & ELAN

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.

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

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.

Jacobs Foundation 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.

CIDER – Interdisciplinary Educational Research

The purpose of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of education research.

DIPF – Promoting Individual Learning

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.

The Swiss Ed Tech Collider – A Modern Co-working Space

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.

Closed Projects

Ready! Early childhood is decisive

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.

Educational Landscapes Switzerland

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.

Primokiz

The “Primokiz”-program was designed for up to 25 small and medium-sized Swiss cities, to support their efforts in designing and implementing a comprehensive plan for integrated early childhood education and care.

Primokiz2 – For an Early Childhood Policy

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.

QualiKita – Setting Standards for Daycare Centers

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.

BRISE – Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development

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.

DKJS – Quality at the Local Level in Germany

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.

TIPI – A Mutual Understanding for Children’s Transitions

Ticino Progetto Infanzia (TIPI) aims to stimulate children’s development in the home, support their growth in the daycare setting, and ensure that they are well prepared for the transition to preschool and elementary school.

Juvenir

Juvenir is a series of studies that address topics affecting young people in Switzerland. Rather than talking about young people, Juvenir talks with them – and they identify the topics that are important for them. The studies are based on the use of social media.

Fortalezas – Integrating Young People into the Labor Market

The five-year Fortalezas program, launched in 2012 by the Jacobs Foundation in cooperation with Fundación SES, sought to bring 2,000 young people into the labor market in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Djigui – A Second Chance for Education in Burkina Faso

The word “djigui” means hope. All over the world, education holds the promise of hope for a better life. Since 2013, the Djigui project has given children and young people between the ages of 9 and 20 a second chance at an education.

Youth Development Project in Uganda

To improve the living conditions of a new generation of small farmers in Uganda, the Jacobs Foundation and the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung launched the Youth Development Project, which operated in Uganda from 2013 to 2016.

Current Projects

SKILL – School Knowledge & Innovation
Learning Lab

Schools worldwide have started to transform the way they teach and manage their institutions in light of new technological developments and the deep changes in our society, especially in the context of COVID-19.

SEAL – School Evidence for Adaptive Learning

Rigorous education research has increased considerably in recent decades. There is, however, only limited evidence on topics such as adaptive teaching, personalized learning and effective use of EdTech.

Scientific Capital

Education technology (EdTech) is a growing field with a huge potential to transform teaching and learning by providing tools to effectively address variability in learning.

School aggregators

To foster a global school system that facilitates the generation and transfer of research and good practices, we collaborate with organizations or institutions that group a large number of schools within and across national education systems.

TRECC – Transforming Education in Ivory Coast

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.

CLEF & ELAN

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.

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

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.

Jacobs Foundation 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.

CIDER – Interdisciplinary Educational Research

The purpose of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of education research.

DIPF – Promoting Individual Learning

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.

The Swiss Ed Tech Collider – A Modern Co-working Space

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.

Closed Projects

Ready! Early childhood is decisive

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.

Educational Landscapes Switzerland

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.

Primokiz

The “Primokiz”-program was designed for up to 25 small and medium-sized Swiss cities, to support their efforts in designing and implementing a comprehensive plan for integrated early childhood education and care.

Primokiz2 – For an Early Childhood Policy

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.

QualiKita – Setting Standards for Daycare Centers

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.

BRISE – Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development

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.

DKJS – Quality at the Local Level in Germany

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.

TIPI – A Mutual Understanding for Children’s Transitions

Ticino Progetto Infanzia (TIPI) aims to stimulate children’s development in the home, support their growth in the daycare setting, and ensure that they are well prepared for the transition to preschool and elementary school.

Juvenir

Juvenir is a series of studies that address topics affecting young people in Switzerland. Rather than talking about young people, Juvenir talks with them – and they identify the topics that are important for them. The studies are based on the use of social media.

Fortalezas – Integrating Young People into the Labor Market

The five-year Fortalezas program, launched in 2012 by the Jacobs Foundation in cooperation with Fundación SES, sought to bring 2,000 young people into the labor market in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Djigui – A Second Chance for Education in Burkina Faso

The word “djigui” means hope. All over the world, education holds the promise of hope for a better life. Since 2013, the Djigui project has given children and young people between the ages of 9 and 20 a second chance at an education.

Youth Development Project in Uganda

To improve the living conditions of a new generation of small farmers in Uganda, the Jacobs Foundation and the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung launched the Youth Development Project, which operated in Uganda from 2013 to 2016.

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