The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.
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 promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
For Portuguese-speaking readers, this newspaper article (pdf) from Sao Paolo describes the work of foundation-funded Emma Raynes with foundation partner Centro Popular de Cultura e Desenvolvimento on helping fathers who work far from home to maintain bonds with their children. Emma's translation of the article is here. More about Emma's work on her .
The Kenya Community Development Foundation, which operates the foundation-funded project Capacity Building and Early Childhood Development has a new.
Now available from Venezia Institute for Differences and Multiculturalism, read an evaluation report (pdf) on work with teachers in Southern Tel Aviv as part of the Developing a Multicultural Kindergarten Educational Environment project.
The latest edition of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is now available. After previous editions on the foundation's other issue areas, this is devoted to strengthening the young child's care environment.
Now available courtesy of AIDS Alliance,and translations of the foundation-supported Building Blocks material (all links to pdf documents).
Courtesy of Israel's Venezia Institute, an uplifting story from a kindergarten teacher who was able to make use of her training in Multicultural Education in Early Childhood when an Arab-speaking child joined her Hebrew-dominated kindergarten class. See also the letter referred to in the teacher's story (both pdf files).
Pictured here are children attending the opening ceremony of a new educational activity centre located at Kaser Alseh in the Negev, Israel. Opened with foundation support by the Arab Jewish Centre for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation - part of foundation partner NISPED - the centre is aimed at improving opportunities in life for disadvantaged young children from Bedouin villages. Read the background to the centre's opening.
Read summaries of all three of our internal framework documents, laying out the foundation's thinking and approach in the three issue areas in which we work: Strengthening the care environment; Successful transitions: the continuum from home to school; and Social inclusion and respect for diversity.
On November 16, Amal Elsana Alh'jooj of foundation partner NISPED will be honoured by Seeking Common Ground at their second annual Circles of Changein Denver, Colorado. That evening, Amal and colleague Vivian Silver will be in Beverly Hills, California, on the subject Sharing the Same Space: A Common Vision for Jews and Arab-Bedouin in Israel’s Negev.