Rotterdam Grows

Not only the city of Rotterdam is developing, so are our youngest residents and future Rotterdammers. Even though not everyone is born in the same environment, all children deserve an equal and fair chance. What influence do their situation at home, primary school and their genetics have on the development of our future leaders?

That will be the topic of discussion during the Erasmus Alumni Lecture. We will proudly present you three inspiring speakers linked to Erasmus University Rotterdam who will highlight three beautiful projects. 

Jacqueline Jonkhart, Director of the Giovanni van Bronckhorst Foundation is very proud of everything the foundation can do for future high school students and gladly tells us about that. At the foundation, children with learning disabilities from grades 7 and 8 work on their confidence and future through education and sports. Attention is paid to reading comprehension, spelling and arithmetic, but also to self-confidence and parental involvement. The aim is to give these children a good start in secondary education and to teach them that they can determine their own course.


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Anne van Delft, Associate at Stichting de Verre Bergen and Frederike Sinnema, Project Manager at the Municipality of Rotterdam will talk about the Mothers of Rotterdam project. This project supports vulnerable mothers from the beginning of their pregnancy to ensure that their children get off to a good start in the period that will determine their future. Anne and Frederike shed light on the scientific background of the program, give a few (poignant) practical examples and share some of the challenges they currently face.


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Pauline Jansen, Head of Research of Generation R takes us through the results of the research. Generation R investigates the growth, development and health of 10,000 children in Rotterdam. These children are monitored from early pregnancy and remain part of the study until young adulthood. The central question is why one child develops optimally and the other child does not. The oldest children in the study are now 18 years old. Pauline will include us in the results and findings through the background of the research and practical examples.


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