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The Egmont Foundation: Children in foster care need challenges

Throughout life, children in foster care perform worse at school than other children. The Egmont Foundation now provides mentors.

  • Photo: Thomas Fredberg

    Photo: Thomas Fredberg

1000 children in foster care aged 10-13 years get support for their education from a volunteering adult once each week for six years. This is the main concept of the new project Lær for Livet (Learn for life), to be launched late June by the Egmont Foundation.

"New research shows that children in foster care perform better, when they meet high expectations. Obviously, these children are vulnerable, but an increased focus on learning can make them believe in their own potential. It actually matters that adults in contact with the child set up academic challenges for them," says Grethe Nymark from the Egmont Foundation's aid and grants administration.

Mayor for social affairs in Copenhagen, Mikkel Warming, applauds the effort: "It is great that a private foundation experiments in new ways by introducing mentors, as this will help young people in getting a decent education," he says to the national public broadcaster in Denmark, DR.

An analysis conducted by the research company Rambøll for the Egmont Foundation shows, that only 13 pct. of children in foster care get a higher education. For other children in Denmark this figure is 36 percent.

"These numbers have surprised us a lot. Learning is a very important foundation of a good life," says Grethe Nymark.