26 May, 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa - Afrika Tikkun, along with Takalani Sesame Muppets Kami and Neno, host over 200 children and their families to highlight “Play Every Day” and “Play Well and Be Happy” initiatives
26 September 2016 - The LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF today launch a new campaign to help celebrate parents’ special play moments with their children and to inspire families to explore new ways to help young children play and learn.
The Re-Imagine Learning Globalizer Summit, organised in partnership between the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka, took place at the LEGO London Hub, on 17–19 June 2016. The Summit aimed to help accelerate selected innovations within learning through play.
20 May, 2016: Perhaps the most important question for us all now is how to help young people around the world cultivate breadth of skills. What types of teaching and learning experiences will build the competencies that young people need? How should we seek to accelerate progress to deliver on the world’s aspirations, and global commitments, to doing just that?
10 May 2016, Billund, Denmark: The LEGO Foundation has interviewed Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish education expert and visiting professor of practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education, about his view on quality learning, school systems and standardised tests.
26 April, 2016: Creativity, engagement and lifelong learning are three key focal points for PLAYTrack, a new research project at the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University in Denmark. The project is funded by the LEGO Foundation, which is supporting this collaborative venture with a sum amounting to DKK 12 million. Over the coming five-year period, the Interacting Minds Centre will work closely with the LEGO Foundation on developing new methods to investigate and document how play supports learning.
On Tuesday 12 April, the Finnish school researcher Pasi Sahlberg was announced as the winner of the LEGO Prize 2016 for his struggle against standardised tests in school systems worldwide. And the event came with a message for Denmark: “Get teachers to create their own assessments and use those to develop the Danish schools,” says the Finnish researcher. The interview below has been written by Folkeskolen (Danish journal for teachers).
15 April, Billund, Denmark: If teachers receive greater recognition and more tools to work with when they teach, children’s learning will improve. This was one of many conclusions at the 2016 LEGO Idea Conference, where attendees focused on problem solving, creativity and collaboration in the pursuit of quality learning. The conclusions of the conference will be injected into the global education debate and major platforms such as the UN General Assembly.
12 April, Billund, Denmark: Former schoolteacher Pasi Sahlberg is the winner of the LEGO® Prize 2016. Finnish Sahlberg wins for his work to improve the quality of children’s education worldwide. The price was presented at the LEGO Foundation’s annual LEGO Idea Conference in Denmark, which gathers academics, practitioners and representatives from educational organisations.
12 April, 2016, Billund, Denmark: Child education needs more creativity, collaboration and critical thinking - all skills that are rooted in learning through play, says co-chair of the education workgroup of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Hirokazu Yoshikawa. International experts attending this year’s LEGO® Idea Conference will discuss quality learning with the aim to inject the viewpoints into the global education debate.
8 April 2016, Billund, Denmark: In early April, the 2016 LEGO Idea Conference gathers 300 academics, practitioners, policy makers and representatives from international organisations to discuss what quality learning is and how it can be put into action. The conference will be partly based on a UN goal focused on ensuring the quality of children’s learning worldwide.
27 January 2016, Billund, Denmark: LEGO Foundation and Tsinghua University, China, have signed an agreement to establish Laboratory for Lifelong Learning in Beijing to support creativity and play in the Chinese educational system from pre-school to university.
21 December, 2015: As the importance of early learning gains support, there is a growing need to ensure that practice in the sector reflects this emphasis on whole child development and the skills and capacities children need to thrive. In light of this, the LEGO Foundation is pleased to announce a 3-year, 4.7 million USD partnership with BRAC focused on promoting the importance of learning through play in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania.
21 December, 2015: Interview with Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson, designers at Tinkering Studio — an “immersive, active, creative place” at the Exploratorium museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco, California, USA.
Kyiv, Ukraine - 7 September: Today, UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation launched a local initiative to provide conflict-affected children in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine with high quality play materials to continue their development and learning. Children in 48 schools, 62 kindergartens, and 10 Community Protection Centres located in government-controlled areas will benefit from this initiative.
7 August, 2015 - A nation with some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world houses a college-educated population that significantly underperforms in the areas of literacy, numeracy and problem solving. Where does the problem start?
6 July, 2015 - What happens if your child races and gets to school first, being the youngest student in class? Unlike racing a car or running at the Olympic stadium, starting first in formal learning is not a winning strategy.
2 June, 2015, Paris, France: Why is that the educational system do not prepare us for tomorrow’s jobs? However excellent your education was at school and how well you were rewarded for your memorising knowledge, within a few years of entering the workforce, a gap will be opening up between what you need to know, what has recently been discovered, and what you were taught while at school.
15 April, Billund, Denmark – Today, at its annual LEGO Idea Conference, the LEGO Foundation awarded Carla Rinaldi, Italian pedagogista and president of Reggio Children - Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation, its 2015 LEGO Prize. Since 1986, individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of children have been awarded the LEGO Prize.
NEW YORK, 13 March, 2015: Children’s rights and early learning are to receive a boost through two new global partnerships between the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF, the celebration of which took place today in New York.
WASHINGTON, USA, 10 December 2014: The LEGO Foundation answers President Obama’s call to support high quality early childhood development through a new initiative supporting scalable and outstanding models in partnership with New Profit.
Students from Amager Faelled School, Copenhagen, were involved in a building session as part of the LEGO Foundation's participation in the 2013 EFC Conference — featuring perspectives centered on "Sustainable cities: Foundations and our urban future."
This case report, published by the LEGO Foundation in collaboration with Winnovation, inspires us to think about a new space for supporting a community of engaged actors who are passionate about children, learning and creativity, and who believe that educational systems are pivotal to making real and sustainable changes.
In schools in Mali the pupils are to sit quietly while teachers review the alphabet with them, and to keep a classroom of perhaps 50 children under control, the teachers – out of desperation – use the rod to discipline the children. 2014 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference focused on play as an important teaching tool.
"In today’s rapidly-changing society, nothing is more important than the ability to think and act creatively. But many activities in children's lives, whether these be lessons in the classroom or games in the living room, are not designed to help children develop as creative thinkers".
BILLUND, Denmark, 8 April 2014: The LEGO Foundation welcomes more than 250 participants to the IDEA Conference designed to bring together some of the world's brightest minds within play. The aim is to create an actionable agenda to make quality play a priority in homes, classrooms, workplaces and communities.
Billund, Denmark, 10 April 2014: The LEGO Foundation and Ashoka – the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide – are teaming up to transform the way the world learns. At the LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference, the Re-imagine Learning Challenge was launched as part of this new partnership.
In 2012, the LEGO Foundation made an agreement with BØRNEfonden to support the five African countries in which the foundation works, by supplying 600 LEGO Charity boxes to each country. In their work to strengthen the children and young people in poor countries to become independent, competent human beings who inspire and contribute to a positive change in their community, BØRNEfonden has now started using LEGO bricks as one of several instruments in early childhood education.
"On average, 98% of three year olds have genius levels of creative thinking. That means almost everybody here today was a creative genius as a child. Between 0-3 you developed in a way that meant your brain constantly took new and different approaches to the issues you faced in the play pen and the high chair. But ask yourself – do you think you’d score that well if you were tested today? Would you consider yourself a creative genius? You may well be, but the reality is that just 2% of people over the age of 25 retain that level of creativity."
The LEGO Foundation has awarded Right To Play Founder, President and CEO Johann Koss the 2013 LEGO Prize. The award carries with it a USD $100,000 prize, which will benefit Right To Play programmes worldwide.
Again this year the LEGO Foundation has teamed up with DR Ramasjang and the Danish libraries to encourage all Danish children to do good deeds that were rewarded with a donation for Danmarks Indsamling (Denmark’s Collection).
At the September 2012 Clinton Global Initiative in New York, a number of corporate leaders, nonprofit and foundation heads, and government leaders met to discuss this year's theme: "Designing for Impact."