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
Foundation partner the, which implements the Masifunde Njengomndeni project in KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, has won an award for best adult literacy project in KwaZulu Natal. The award, from the , complements awards in previous years for best adult learner, adult educator and adult literacy group.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation's latest annual report is now available. It contains overviews of the foundation's grantmaking and financial report for 2005, together with a theme essay on "respect for diversity".
Peruvian partner CODINFA (Consorcio Desarrollo Integral Ninez y Fam Andina) has a(Spanish language only). CODINFA implements the Protagonismo Infantil Ande Peruano project for the foundation, which focuses on promoting child participation in rural Andean communities.
Foundation partner newsletter (pdf, 372kb).(Training and Resources in Early Education), which implements our Siyafundisana project in South Africa, has published its latest
The Israeli Venezia Institute for Diversity and Multi-Culturalism, which runs a foundation-funded project in Israel, has featured in Israeli newspaper after the publication of its book about children "This is me - My Story". Read our translation of the story here.
The latest edition of Early Childhood Matters - Violence against young children: A painful issue - is now available. This 52-page edition of our biannual journal features interviews and articles covering such issues as corporal punishment, child abuse and violence in schools. Like all the foundation's publications, it is available free of charge.
The pioneering message of hope.schools in Israel, at which Arab and Jewish children learn together, face an even more challenging than usual start to the new school year. Here, the foundation shares their
With support from the foundation, theis including the latest news on issues affecting young children in its daily newsletters from the Toronto AIDS conference.
On August 14, the call to action to decision-makers which summarises how governments and civil society should respond to the need to protect the rights of affected young children.gets underway in Toronto. Join us and the in issuing a
The latest in a series of vignettes by students documenting the work of BvLF partners as part of the Hine Fellowships project, a collaboration between BvLF and the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative. Maital Guttman is working with the Read morein South Africa and Elena Rue is working with in Ethiopia.
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