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

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).

Latest newsletter from Hagar 22-02-2009

"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 the latest from foundation partner Hagar (pdf).

“Parents as Partners” research report 19-02-2009

Readers may be interested in this research report (pdf) into changes in attitudes and behaviour caused by the “Parents as Partners” project. Implemented by foundation partner the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development, the project worked with mothers and children in Bedouin villages in the Negev region of Israel.

Adam Institute: The First Steps in Democracy 03-02-2009

The Adam Institute for Peace and Democracy have produced, with foundation support, a film entitled "The First Steps in Democracy".

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