The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes acknowledge the exceptional commitment from three institutions or individuals who implement innovative solutions for child and youth development and learning in practice, advancing quality education.
Awarded every year until 2018, since then they are awarded every two years, on alternating years. Each of the three Best Practice Prizes laureates are endowed with CHF 200’000 unrestricted funding.
Additional funding for follow-up activities with the Jacobs Foundation is available for the ten prize finalists, to a maximum of CHF 300’000. In line with practice since 2009, the Jacobs Foundation Board of Trustees serves as Jury for the Best Practice Prize.
The next call for applications will open in January 2024.
Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes – Eligibility
Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize
Luker Foundation, or Fundación Luker, created in 1994 in the Colombian city of Manizales, is a social innovation laboratory creating solutions that promote development and equity, through public, private and academic alliances.
The Luminos Fund, headquartered in Boston MA, provides transformative education programs to thousands of out-of-school children each year, helping them to catch up to grade level, reintegrate into local schools, and prepare for lifelong learning.
The Jacobs Foundation Board recognizes Dybuster for their exceptional efforts to promote the learning abilities of dyslexic and dyscalculic children by providing software solutions based on artificial intelligence and neuroscience, and especially for their response to COVID-19 related challenges.
The Jacobs Foundation Board recognizes PEAS for their exceptional efforts to drive educational quality through efficient school management and to operate low-cost secondary schools for the most marginalized students in Uganda and Zambia, and especially for their response to COVID-19 related challenges.
The 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize was awarded to War Child in the Netherlands for their global efforts to improve the lives of children exposed to war by promoting psychosocial well-being and fostering emotional resilience for their future.
The 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize was awarded to ICS-SP in Nairobi, Kenya for their unique approach combining agribusiness with skillful parenting in East Africa aimed at improving early childhood development, parenting and agricultural practices in rural areas.
The Serenity Harm Reduction Programme Zambia was awarded the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize for its evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address severe needs of trauma affected children and their families in Zambia.
For its prevention program to support families that have young children and find themselves in particularly difficult circumstances the ELTERN-AG received the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2013.
For the development of the concept of the Ideenbüro, helping schoolchildren to take on responsibility, to learn to cooperate and to regard life’s problems as challenges, Christiane Daepp is awarded the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2011.
Opstapje e.V. and a:primo have taken an innovative support model for children and families and successfully adapted it to local conditions in Germany and Switzerland. For this they jointly received the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2010.