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
How can cultures of violence in elementary schools be tackled by shifting school values towards mutual respect and dignity, rather than authoritarian approaches? Maintaining a respectful climate for young children in schools: no trumpet solo – let the orchestra play! looks at a foundation-funded programme implemented in Israel by Person to Person: Association for the Advancement of Human Dignity.
Jewish-Arab schools in Israel: parents’ perspectives and children’s realities is the latest in the foundation's range of Online Outreach Papers. The 18-page paper presents the perceptions and experiences of parents and research by University in Jerusalem anthropologist Zvi Bekerman on the Hand in Hand Centre for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel.
Our partnerhas released an English translation of a report into the practice and policy of child care and education in France, including guidelines for training, in the context of respect for diversity and the distinctively French concept of laïcité. The 95-page document by Myriam Mony, with a foreword by Michel Vandenbroeck, is available to in pdf format.
is a photo-book by Dutch photojournalist Peter de Ruiter, to which the Bernard van Leer Foundation contributed support, which aims to raise awareness of the issue of child labour. The book was presented in Brussels, Geneva and New York to mark the recent World Day Against Child Labour, and is available for purchase in the and .
Jim Smale, who edited the foundation's flagship journal Early Childhood Matters for many years, hasaged 68. Jim was largely responsible for giving the publication its current format. The next edition of ECM will be published soon.
The new edition of Early Childhood Matters, Family stress: Safeguarding young children's care environment, asks how to deal with and diminish family stress and what factors contribute to children’s resilience and coping mechanisms. It includes an conceptual overview by Ted Wachs, an interview with Professor James Heckman, and insights from countries including Mexico, South Africa and Bulgaria.
The foundation's latest Annual Report is now available for download (pdf), reviewing our activities in 2008. It includes an in-depth look at activities in Mexico, India and South Africa, and an executive summary in Spanish.
We are pleased to make available a valuable new resource from our Indian partner CHETNA, a manual entitled My Rights, My Responsibilities: Learning To Teach Child Rights, which is aimed at facilitators of training sessions with teachers and NGO personnel. As the pdf is large, we have split it into modules for ease of downloading. Read more.