The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. 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 promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all. 

Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

BvLF sponsors the 25th Cinekid Film Festival 13-09-2011

Cinekid film festival logo

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Cinekid 25th International Film Festival for children aged 4-12, to be held in Amsterdam from October 12-21.

We have invited Michael H. Levine of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center - set up by the makers of Sesame Street to develop digital learning materials - to deliver a keynote speech and participate in an expert meeting on new media on October 18/19th. The expert meeting will advise BvLF on how to proceed with a planned further collaboration with the Cinekid Foundation to develop high quality media and new media content aimed at children.

Lisa Jordan, Executive Director of BvLF, said: "Today's reality is that young children live in a media world. If media is high quality, it presents positive development opportunities. It has the potential to reach young children wherever they live and whatever language they speak. Media can help children to express themselves, and help adults to understand children better. It can bring parents and children together by giving them the opportunity to share new experiences, such as the Cinekid festival."

If you are interested in participating in the expert meeting, please contact BvLF's Communications Director, Leontien Peeters. We are especially interested in the potential of interactive media to promote early learning, especially in remote areas which lack centre-based early learning facilities.

Conference on child seasonal migrants in Turkey 09-09-2011

BvLF is funding a conference in Ankara on September 20-21 on Being children in seasonal migration: Living conditions of children aged 0-6. See further details of the conference (pdf) and the promotional youtube video.

Douglas B. Marshall Jr. Family Foundation now accepting grant proposals 08-09-2011

The Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, which works on education and research, is now accepting proposals for a new round of grantmaking. Particular interests are project work in education that is evidence-based, cost-effective and scalable in the long term, or research that contributes to the evidence base on what works to improve educational outcomes. Organizations and projects focused in developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for draft applications is September 23rd, and further details can be found here.


Peru Infobarómetro presentation attracts media coverage 05-09-2011

The BvLF-funded Infobarómetro de la Primera Infancia, run by partner Salgalú, was officially presented at an event last Friday. The Infobarómetro collates data on early childhood in Peru to inform policymaking and advocacy. Listen to the coverage of the event on Radio Programas del Perú (RPP) here (in Spanish).


Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund - Call for proposals 29-08-2011

Non-profit organizations, universities and research institutes are invited to submit proposals for research into the effectiveness of programmes to prevent violence against children in low-income settings. Read the press release and the full call for proposals on the website of the Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund, an initiative partly funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund

Second episode of "In The Mayor's Footsteps" to be shown on BBC 11-08-2011

Following on from last week's broadcast of the first episode, BBC World News this weekend broadcasts the second part of the BvLF-funded "In the Mayor's Footsteps". Transmission times (all GMT) are: Saturday August 13th 00:30, 07:30 and 19:30; Sunday August 14th 12:30. Read more in our press release and watch a clip from the programme below.

BvLF-funded documentary screened on BBC World 09-08-2011

Last weekend BBC World News broadcast a BvLF-funded programme made by TVE, In the Mayor’s Footsteps, about the effects of stress and violence in young children's lives. See brief extracts from the programme below:

EU Commissioner: Roma exclusion "getting worse" 25-07-2011

According to László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the longstanding problem of discrimination against and social exclusion of Roma is getting worse. The European Roma Information Office's latest weekly e-newsletter shares the Commissioner's responses on why the welfare of the Roma population “is a European challenge and requires a European response”.

Through our EU-wide programme the Bernard van Leer Foundation collaborates with other European foundations in the Forum for Roma Inclusion, with the aim of helping Roma children to break the cycle of exclusion; clearly, much work remains to be done.

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