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

Daily News reports on Tanzania pastoralist project 12-09-2008

The foundation-supported Monduli Pastoralist Development Initiatives (MPDI) project featured recently in Tanzania's Daily News. The report discusses the challenges of making formal education accessible and attractive for pastoralist communities.

Al-Tufula introduces children to the world 05-09-2008

The Al-Tufula Centre, which works for Palestinian children in Israel, shares in a special issue of its newsletter (pdf) details of its 2008 Children's Festival, which attracted 1800 participants. The theme of the festival was "Traveling around the World", with Al-Tufula staff introducing children aged 3-8 to other countries, cultures and traditions.

Language acquisition in daycare settings 03-09-2008

Focusing especially on children from immigrant families and those with a low socio-economic status, the foundation's latest working paper - Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings: What does the research tell us? - addresses theories on language development and asks what research tells us about the effect of pre-schoolers’ social environment.

Can we really help create a better world? 26-08-2008

Now available for download (pdf) is the fourth in our web-only series of Online Outreach Papers. The social agenda and early childhood care and education: Can we really help create a better world? looks at the changing economic and cultural context of early childhood and identifies imperatives for policy and leadership.

Enrichment centre featured in Israeli media 19-08-2008

"An amazing, enchanting world of excitement, creativity, games, sounds, laughter, sports and many more surprises await Jerusalem’s children at the early childhood enrichment center, a place that our children could only dream about until now" - Mercaz Beth Jacob provides this English translation (pdf) of a feature article run by Israeli newspaper Yated Ne'eman describing the Early Childhood Enrichment Centre built with foundation support.

No small issue: Children and families 19-08-2008

The latest in our series of Online Outreach Papers is the text of Linda Richter's plenary presentation at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City on 6 August 2008. No small issue: Children and families Universal Action Now argues that children and families have been severely neglected in our responses to HIV and AIDS.

Latest newsletter from Hand-in-Hand 15-08-2008

829 Jewish and Arab children now attend Hand-in-Hand schools. Read all the latest news from our Israeli partner here.

IRC aid workers killed in Afghanistan 15-08-2008

The staff of the Bernard van Leer Foundation would like to share our deepest regrets with the families and colleagues of the four aid workers that were killed while working for the International Rescue Committee in Afghanistan on August 13th, 2008. We are shocked and saddened by this event - and we are reminded of the senseless violence affecting so many people around the world. Read more

Children in the news at AIDS 2008 conference 11-08-2008

At the recently concluded XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the issue of young children affected by HIV/AIDS took centre stage thanks to a plenary address by Linda Richter, as outlined in the official press release and picked up by news outlets such as the New York Times.

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