The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.
Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
On November 20th it is 20 years since the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The foundation's flagship journal, Early Childhood Matters, marks this anniversary with a new edition on the subject of Realising the rights of young children: progress and challenges, featuring articles discussing various aspects of the CRC and General Comment 7 on implementing child rights in early childhood. Download the pdf or order your free printed copy today.
The Rural Family Support Organisation is set to receive aof seven million Jamaican dollars from the Jamaica National Building Society for its Roving Caregivers Programme, implemented also in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, which supports disadvantaged children aged 0-3 in the Caribbean region.
"Last week, to mark 60 years of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, we held two very special events in The Hague...": Lisa Jordan, the foundation's executive director, reflects on outreach to corporate leaders, the inaugural Oscar van Leer Fellowships for journalists, and the arrival of Sinterklaas in The Netherlands. Read more
Equity and quality? Challenges for early childhood and primary education in Ethiopia, India and Peru is a Working Paper which forms part of the "Studies in Early Transitions" series. It is based on Young Lives, a 15-year longitudinal study of childhood poverty in diverse majority world contexts, and addresses the challenges of achieving equity and quality in early childhood programmes. Order your free printed copy or download the pdf.
Congratulations to the foundation's South African partner, which has been announced as the winner of the Bloemfontein Institution of the Year run by Ons Stad, the Mimosa Group of the Troskie family and Absa Bank. Among the runners-up was Lesedi, another foundation partner.
The latest in our series of Online Outreach Papers, Strengthening the care environment for children in Central America, looks at five organisations in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. As the foundation withdraws from future funding in the region, this is a collective endeavour to capture knowledge and lessons learned in using support, care and education programmes to work among children, families, and communities.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation yesterday celebrated its 60th anniversary with events in The Hague to announce a 100,000 euro initiative for corporate leaders (press release in English/Dutch) and award the inaugural Oscar van Leer Fellowships. These events were followed by a radio discussion (audio in Dutch only) on Radio 1's Casa Luna programme featuring the foundation's executive director, Lisa Jordan, together with Geert-Jan Johannes, author of a new book about the founder's son, Oscar van Leer.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation next week marks its 60th anniversary with an event in The Hague centred on the question of what young children can expect from corporate leaders. This press release (in Dutch) gives further details of a 100,000 euro incentive to Dutch corporations to engage in projects with young children. Those interested in attending the event on November 11th (see invitation), which features a panel discussion with Dutch corporate leaders, are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org to check if space is available.
A partner of the foundation in South Africa, the, received a special commendation as a in the Mail and Guardian's awards.
Lisa Jordan writes: “There couldn’t be a more challenging time to begin to lead a privately endowed foundation than in the midst of a global financial crisis. But challenges also imply opportunities. Three months after taking over as the Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, I would like to take a moment to share with you what I have learned so far, and how the foundation intends to carry forward its work. Read more