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

Early childhood development in sub-Saharan Africa 20-11-2008

In our latest working paper, Alan Pence and Bame Nsamenang make A case for early childhood development in sub-Saharan Africa by critiquing the western-dominated international image of the child.

Enrichment centre in Israeli press 17-11-2008

Israel's English-language Hamodia newspaper featured this look at the Learning Enrichment Centre recently opened by our partner Mercaz Beth Jabob.

Nilly Venezia on dialogue between identities 13-11-2008

Nilly Venezia, who runs foundation partner the Venezia Institute, has contributed a piece entitled "Dialogue between identities in a multicultural society - The case of Israel" to Identity, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue, the proceedings of the 5th International Week of ESEC, the European Year of International Dialogue. Read Nilly's contribution, which focuses on sharing the personal stories of participants in Venezia Institute training programs, here (pdf).

Canadian Star report on "love, tolerance" 13-11-2008

The Canadian Star has a story on foundation partner Hand in Hand headlined "Love, tolerance go hand in hand at Israeli schools: Jewish and Arab students thriving in 11-year-old experiment in inter-ethnic accommodation".

Evaluation of Children-Friendly Kindergartens 06-11-2008

Read the latest evaluation (pdf) of the Children-Friendly Kindergarten Program, run by the Center for the Advancement of Functional Capacities in Israel. The program is based on the Neuro-Developmental-Functional Approach, which aims to prevent functional development delays.

IFAN wins Brazilian award 04-11-2008

From 318 organisations considered, the foundation's partner Instituto da Infância (IFAN) won the Prêmio Criança 2008, awarded by the Abring Foundation to highlight experiences that enhance Brazilian children’s quality of life.

Latest newsletter from DaalAdvies 03-11-2008

Read the latest news (in Dutch) from our partner DaalAdvies, responsible for the Samenspel project in the Netherlands.

Latest newsletter from Hand in Hand 30-10-2008

Read the latest from Hand in Hand as the new school year begins for their mixed intakes of children from Jewish and Arab communities.

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