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

Applications invited for three positions 19-10-2007

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is recruiting for three positions: Manager of our Monitoring and Evaluation, Studies and Information Management (MESI) unit; Studies Officer; and Liaison Officer, Public Policy. Please follow the links for further details, including instructions on how to apply. The deadline for applications is November 6th.

Early Childhood in Focus: Transitions 03-10-2007

The second issue of Early Childhood in Focus, entitled Early Childhood and Primary Education: Transitions in the lives of young children, deals with the global challenges of education for all. A collaboration between the foundation and the Open University, ECiF sets out clear messages from academic research to inform rights-based policy advocacy on behalf of young children.

Early Childhood in Brazil 21-09-2007

The latest in the foundation's series of working papers looks at the situation of young children in South America's largest economy. Early Childhood in Brazil: General overview and current issues identifies examples of good practice and discusses the obstacles in taking them to scale.

Research findings into changing educators 21-09-2007

The Active Nurturing Playground project, funded by the foundation and implemented by Israeli partner Ezer Mizion, trains kindergarten staff to address developmental difficulties among young children in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community. Download the findings of in-depth qualitative research into the project, Processes of Change Undergone by Educators in the Haredi Community (pdf, 0.8mb).

News on Aleh’s Community Awareness Workshop Program 19-09-2007

Aleh, a foundation partner in Israel, outlines on its website the continuing Community Awareness Workshop Program funded with foundation support - including workshops on infant massage, ADHD, early awareness, and home and school.

MUTANT organises Dutch diversity day 06-09-2007

Foundation partner MUTANT, which implements the Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity agenda in the Netherlands and across Europe, is organising a day for the Dutch childcare and education sector on 22 October 2007, with special guest Glenda MacNaughton. More details (pdf, Dutch).

Bible Lands Museum in magazine feature 15-08-2007

The monthly lifestyle magazine of the Haaretz, "Essence", has published a feature on foundation partner the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. The article (pdf) describes how the BLMJ, which this year celebrates its 15th birthday, seeks to foster understanding and cooperation between Jews, Arabs and Christians through its museum displays and educational outreach efforts.

Hand in Hand wins Calouste Gulbenkian Prize 15-08-2007

Hand in Hand, the Jewish-Arab school network, has won the inaugural Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize, worth €100,000. Read more here, and the latest newsletter from Hand in Hand here.

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