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
The latest in our Practice and Reflections series shares experiences of the Parents and Diversity project, funded by the foundation and run by Bureau MUTANT, which looked at the Dutch childcare system in the context of cultural change. Order or download your free copy of Making the road as we go: Parents and professionals as partners managing diversity in early childhood education.
Download the presentation notes (pdf) of a talk entitled "Building resilience with teachers", given by Naomi Baum of foundation partner the Israel Centre for the Treatment of Psychotrauma to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference earlier this month.
Read the(in Dutch) about democratic citizenship education at the Basisschool in Utrecht through the foundation project Democratisch Burgerschap bij Jonge Kinderen.
"The future of mankind has its roots in the past, and only through understanding our history can we work together to create a better future for the generations to come": read a feature article (pdf) on foundation partner the Bible Lands Museum of Jerusalem, published recently in Essence magazine by Israel's newspaper.
In our latest working paper, Alan Pence and Bame Nsamenang make A case for early childhood development in sub-Saharan Africa by critiquing the western-dominated international image of the child.
Israel's English-language Hamodia newspaper featured this look at the Learning Enrichment Centre recently opened by our partner Mercaz Beth Jabob.
Nilly Venezia, who runs foundation partner the here (pdf)., has contributed a piece entitled "Dialogue between identities in a multicultural society - The case of Israel" to Identity, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue, the proceedings of the 5th International Week of , the European Year of International Dialogue. Read Nilly's contribution, which focuses on sharing the personal stories of participants in Venezia Institute training programs,
The Canadian Star has aon foundation partner Hand in Hand headlined "Love, tolerance go hand in hand at Israeli schools: Jewish and Arab students thriving in 11-year-old experiment in inter-ethnic accommodation".
Read the latest evaluation (pdf) of the Children-Friendly Kindergarten Program, run by the Center for the Advancement of Functional Capacities in Israel. The program is based on the Neuro-Developmental-Functional Approach, which aims to prevent functional development delays.