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

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".

Jewish and Arab children together after the war 03-02-2009

"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.

Report on Kinderschapsvorming seminar 02-02-2009

The book Kinderschapsvorming was presented last November at a seminar hosted by our partner Stichting Child Care International, reported on in this article (in Dutch) in Beleid Bestuur Managements Pedagogiek in de Kinderopvang. The book focuses on young children and democratic citizenship.

Hand in Hand January newsletter 02-02-2009

Read the latest from 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.

Foundation publications on Search4Dev 21-01-2009

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's publications are now available through Search4Dev, 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.

War time is the opportunity to talk 15-01-2009

Read reflections from the Differences and Multicultural Institute on a project facilitator's role amid the war in Gaza.

Music as a common denominator 12-01-2009

"The current events in Gaza are heartbreaking. Nevertheless, we believe that, especially in extremely difficult times as the present one, it is crucial to show the determination and good will of Jews and Palestinians committed to dialogue - we do this through music rather than words, through culture rather than politics and through a deep appreciation for music as a common denominator while appreciating differences as an enriching element." Read more about the Beit Al-Musica initiative, a foundation grantee, here (pdf).

Reflections from the battlefront 06-01-2009

"These are days of trial, of pain, of violence and of war..." - read foundation partner NISPED's reflections on the current escalation of violence in Gaza. For brighter news from the region, watch this story of hope from Israel Broadcasting Corporation on another of NISPED's projects, the Arab-Bedouin Women's Catering Enterprise in Hura.

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