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

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.

ECiF: First issue in new publication series 03-08-2007

The foundation is pleased to announce the first issue in a new series of publications, Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF), a collaboration with The Open University. This issue, entitled Attachment Relationships: Quality of care for young children deals with attachment theory and research.

My Living Positively Handbook published 23-07-2007

My Living Positively Handbook, the fruits of a collaboration between the foundation and Duke University's Centre for Documentary Studies, is now available in English, Xhosa and Zulu from the Children's Rights Centre website (follow the "publications" link). The handbook gives young children age-appropriate advice on living with HIV. This press release (pdf) gives background information on how Sarah Leeper's time as a Hine Fellow led to the creation of the handbook.

Annual Report now available 20-07-2007

The foundation's latest annual report, covering 2006, is now available. It features an essay on the foundation's two key advocacy messages for the issue area Successful transitions.

JLICA symposium on children and HIV/AIDS 20-07-2007

On September 24, leaders in science, policymaking, advocacy and implementation will convene at Harvard Medical School for a one-day international symposium to explore new directions in the global response to HIV/AIDS and children, organised by the foundation-funded Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS (JLICA).

Child rights and child participation reports 28-06-2007

These two recent reports from our Indian partner organisation CHETNA are likely to be of wider interest: on a pilot programme in ten villages on promoting child participation, and on a capacity-building workshop on child rights (both files pdf).

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