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

Building resilience with teachers 24-11-2008

Download the presentation notes (pdf) of a talk entitled "Building resilience with teachers", given by Naomi Baum of foundation partner the Israel Centre for the Treatment of Psychotrauma to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference earlier this month.

Democratic citizenship in Utrecht school 20-11-2008

Read the latest news (in Dutch) about democratic citizenship education at the Basisschool in Utrecht through the foundation project Democratisch Burgerschap bij Jonge Kinderen.

BLMJ features in Hararetz magazine 20-11-2008

"The future of mankind has its roots in the past, and only through understanding our history can we work together to create a better future for the generations to come": read a feature article (pdf) on foundation partner the Bible Lands Museum of Jerusalem, published recently in Essence magazine by Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

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.

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