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.
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"These are tense moments for the Hagar community, but we are confident that we will be able not only to deal with the tension but also eventually overcome it by educating a new generation of Jews and Arabs - a generation for whom violence is simply not an option." Read thefrom foundation partner Hagar (pdf).
Readers may be interested in this Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development, the project worked with mothers and children in Bedouin villages in the Negev region of Israel.(pdf) into changes in attitudes and behaviour caused by the “Parents as Partners” project. Implemented by foundation partner the
The Adam Institute for Peace and Democracy have produced, with foundation support, a film entitled "The First Steps in Democracy".
"The most important fact is that we still manage to keep an atmosphere for discussion and debate." Read an open letter from Orly Almi, development director of Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality, on the experience of Jewish and Arab children returning to preschool after the war in Gaza.
The book Kinderschapsvorming was presented last November at a seminar hosted by our partner Stichting Child Care International, reported on in this(in Dutch) in Beleid Bestuur Managements Pedagogiek in de Kinderopvang. The book focuses on young children and democratic citizenship.
Read thefrom Hand in Hand, including the impact of the war in Gaza on pupils in the Arab-Jewish schools, and a visit by UK foreign secretary David Miliband.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation's publications are now available through, an online library for digital publications of Dutch organizations in the international development cooperation sector. Funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Search4Dev is a collaborative venture that aims to reduce the gap between science, policy and development practice.