Statutes (to be updated)

  1. The Lolle Nauta Foundation (LNF) exists at the behest of the Institute of Education and Family Studies at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The LNF can be called upon by African students, teachers at African universities and by African institutions for university education and research in order to promote the knowledge and expertise of child and family studies, pedagogics, education and developmental psychology in African countries with limited educational means. The main goal of the LNF is to support (future) scientists from African countries of whom it can be expected that they will contribute to the further development in the fields of child and family studies, pedagogics, education and developmental psychology in their own country after finishing their education and training in and/or through Leiden.
  2. The board of the LNF consists of the Professor in Theory and History of Child and Family Studies, and Research Methods (Chair), a member of the board of the Institute of Education and Child Studies (member) and the Secretary of the Faculty for Social and Behavioural Sciences (secretary).
  3. The LNF can be called upon by students and teachers from African universities for a study leave in Leiden in order to obtain a degree at Leiden or to increase their expertise. Additionally, requests can be submitted for the support of schooling in the country of origin, or for a combination of an education at Leiden and in the country of origin. African institutions for university education can also call upon the LNF for the innovation of their education, especially for utilizing the possibilities for distance education in relation to the University at Leiden.
  4. A request submitted to the LNF will in every case comprise a brief description of the way in which the means requested will be used, a detailed financial plan, and a time line. The request will be accompanied by a letter of support from a Professor in Education and Child Studies at Leiden University who also acts as mentor. This Professor is co-responsible for achieving the proposed aims. The letter of support will show how the quality and progression of the project will be ensured. With requests which span a period of more than 6 months an interim report will be requested every six months before funds will be granted for a new period.
  5. The board of the LNF will determine its own modus operandi. It is not possible to appeal against any decisions made by the board. The board will give the faculty board any information they require.
  6. The board can withdraw a small annual amount from the fund for overhead costs.
  7. Decisions by the board for granting money from the LNF will be submitted to the faculty treasurer. S/he will examine the lawfulness of the proposed spending.
  8. The board of the LNF is supported by the Graduate School for Social and Behavioural Sciences. The financial administration of the LNF is handled by the Institute of Finance of the Faculty Social Sciences.
  9. The board of the LNF can submit changes to these rules and regulations. These will be submitted to the faculty board for approval.
  10. Any instance that these rules and regulations do not cover will be decided upon by the faculty board.
  11. These rules and regulations will take effect after approval by the faculty board.

Agreed upon by the faculty board on 29 April, 2004.

Theo Toonen,

Notes and Explanations by Article to the Rules and Regulations of the Lolle Nauta Fund

Re: 1

Support can be given through sponsoring individual African students and teachers and also through supporting innovative educational co-operative projects between Leiden University and her African partners, relevant to the purpose of this fund. I.e. not attracting exceptional African students in order to position the Leiden educational programme as high as possible or performing research on location by Leiden scientists in order to satisfy their own scientific curiosity or to upgrade their research programme. Sending Dutch students to African universities is also not part of the goals of this fund.

Re: 3

African students can request (a contribution towards) the costs for travel and living expenses and enrolment fees in Leiden. They can also, for example, ask for a contribution toward the cost of learning tools or a computer in order to communicate interactively with Leiden from Africa. Using the e-library and interactive internet education can also be supported by the fund.

Re: 4

It is important that somebody takes responsibility for the proposed aims. It is also important to prevent dozens of requests coming in. Therefore a Leiden Professor is used as an additional ‘hurdle’. It should also, in case of failure, be possible to discontinue mid-process without too many complications.

Re: 6

Examples of these would be printing costs for letter heads, photo-copying costs, creating promotional material.