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

Foundation names new Executive Director 29-04-2009

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is pleased to announce Ms. Lisa Jordan as the new Executive Director as of 13 July 2009. Read more (pdf).

Foundation features in Financieel Dagblad 14-04-2009

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is today featured in the Financieel Dagblad. The article (in Dutch) deals with the challenges being faced by private foundations because of the ongoing financial crisis.

Archbishop Tutu to mark TREE anniversary 09-04-2009

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be guest of honour at foundation partner TREE’s celebration of 25 years of working in early childhood development in South Africa. The celebration is part of a practical symposium on “Mitigating the Impact of HIV and AIDS on Young Children”, from 3-5 August 2009.

Diversity and young children in Northern Ireland 08-04-2009

A new foundation working paper, Developing programmes to promote ethnic diversity in early childhood: Lessons from Northern Ireland, looks at case studies from Northern Ireland to draw lessons on developing programmes to promote ethnic diversity in early childhood. The author, Paul Connolly, is a professor at Queen’s University Belfast and the founding Co-Director of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity.

Oscar van Leer Fellowships for journalists 07-04-2009

The foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural 2009 Oscar van Leer Fellowships for journalists. See the press release (pdf) to find out more about who is eligible and how to apply.

Foundation project in Harvard Educational Review 01-04-2009

Children, context and curriculum in multicultural education is a foundation-supported project discussed in the Spring 2009 issue of the Harvard Educational Review in an article by Zvi Bekerman of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Please note a subscription is required to view the full article.

Musharaka evaluation report 25-03-2009

Musharaka is a collective of five Arab early childhood organisations, representing a common vision across Israel for respecful inclusion of young Arab children into the country's systems of early childhood education and care. This evaluation report (pdf) assesses the impact of the educational resources produced and disseminated by the collective.

Peru NGOs meet on investing in children 27-02-2009

Foundation partner Salgulu last week held the second in a series of meetings among Peruvian NGOs entitled “Investment in Children: Key Factor for Poverty Eradication in the Country.” This initiative promotes the permanent inclusion of investment in children in the national social and public agenda. Read more (pdf).

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