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

New decade, new countries, new goals 07-01-2010

"On October 18 2009, Rio de Janeiro drug traffickers shot down a police helicopter during a gun battle between rival gangs in the favela Morro dos Macaco..." In a new message Lisa Jordan, the foundation's executive director, introduces the foundation's new goals and other important changes. Read more

MUTANT celebrates anniversary with new book 02-12-2009

On 26th November 2009 Bureau Mutant, a long-standing partner of the foundation in the Netherlands, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Accompanying the occasion was the launch of their latest publication, Permanent leren: Van zelfreflectie naar teamreflectie (Permanent learning: From self reflection to team reflection), one of the outputs from the foundation-funded Parents and Diversity project.

Five partners win Africa ECD awards 20-11-2009

At the recent 4th International Africa Conference on Early Childhood Development, held in Senegal, five partners of the Bernard van Leer Foundation were among the winners of cash awards in two categories: ANPPCAN Kenya, and their local partner LACCDAP; Health Child in Uganda; FOST in Zimbabwe; Lesedi Educare Association in South Africa; and MAA (Maasai AIDS Project) in Kenya. The foundation sends congratulations to all.

New ECM marks 20 years of the CRC 19-11-2009

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.

Funding boost for Caribbean partner 19-11-2009

The Rural Family Support Organisation is set to receive a funding boost of 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.

Lisa Jordan on the 60th anniversary events 17-11-2009

"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 in Ethiopia, India and Peru 16-11-2009

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.

DEDI wins Institution of the Year Award 16-11-2009

Congratulations to the foundation's South African partner DEDI, which has been announced as the winner of the Bloemfontein Institution of the Year Competition run by Ons Stad, the Mimosa Group of the Troskie family and Absa Bank. Among the runners-up was Lesedi, another foundation partner.

Lessons learned in Central America 13-11-2009

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.

Foundation's anniversary on Dutch radio 12-11-2009

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.


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