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

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.

Resilience manual in English and Arabic 23-12-2008

We are pleased to share the manual Building Resilience in Preschool Children, published by our partner the Israel Centre for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, in English and Arabic (pdf files). It includes general information about resilience and five chapters of suggested classroom activities.

Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender: Working Paper available in Nepali 18-12-2008

A Nepali translation of the foundation's Working Paper number 39 - Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender: A summary review - has been produced by Sakriya Sath. Download it here (pdf, 0.5mb).

Flanders childcare access law changes 17-12-2008

The government of Flanders has changed the access criteria for childcare, to favour more vulnerable families. Michel Vandenbroeck, of the University of Ghent and foundation partner VBJK, believes foundation-funded activities have contributed significantly to the climate which brought this change about.

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