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

Children of imprisoned parents in the news 18-02-2008

The issue championed by foundation partner EUROCHIPS received news coverage recently when Scotland's commissioner for children and young people released a report describing children of imprisoned parents as "invisible victims of crime" whose rights and needs are ignored when sentencing decisions are made.

New print run for working paper on child participation 14-02-2008

Following a new print run, it is now possible again to order free printed copies of Working Paper 36, Can you hear me: The right of young children to participate in decisions affecting them, first published in 2005.

First two Online Outreach Papers now available 24-01-2008

The first two papers in a new web-based series of publications are now available. The Online Outreach Papers series will allow the foundation flexibility to publish more niche and/or time-limited papers without the expense associated with printing and distribution. Read more

Progress in integrated Arab-Jew education 22-01-2008

Click here for the latest from Israel-based foundation partner Hand in Hand, including news of a multimillion dollar new campus and the education minister's support for expanding bilingual education.

Involving young children in design 21-01-2008

The latest in our series of working papers is now available to download and order. Early childhood spaces: Involving young children and practitioners in the design process discusses how under-6s can be involved in designing spaces for early childhood provision.

Update on Venezia Institute's story of George 18-01-2008

Following on from this story from the Venezia Institute, this photo shows George - who featured in educational materials about forging links between cultures - speaking to a Hebrew-dominated kindergarten class recently joined by an Arab-speaking child. Nilly Venezia comments: "It was amazing to see how children really were interested in the contents of the story they heard more than a month ago and when George arrived, they started asking him questions about his life."

January news from EUROCHIPS 11-01-2008

The latest newsletter from EUROCHIPS, the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents, is now online.

Teaching conflict resolution skills in Lebanon 18-12-2007

Foundation partner the Arab Resource Collective recently ran a workshop on conflict resolution education in Lebanon. This article discusses the workshop and its context.

Spanish partner wins UNICEF recognition 17-12-2007

Foundation partner Preescolar na Casa has been recognised (pdf, Spanish) by UNICEF for their work with parents and young children in rural areas of Galicia during the last 30 years.

Photos help Brazilian fathers to stay close 16-12-2007

For Portuguese-speaking readers, this newspaper article (pdf) from Sao Paolo describes the work of foundation-funded Hine Fellow Emma Raynes with foundation partner Centro Popular de Cultura e Desenvolvimento on helping fathers who work far from home to maintain bonds with their children. Emma's translation of the article is here. More about Emma's work on her website.

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