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

Respect for diversity: An international overview 06-12-2006

In the latest in the foundation's Working Papers series, Respect for diversity: An international overview, Professor Glenda M MacNaughton of the University of Melbourne looks at ways of thinking about young children’s respect for diversity — cultural and racial, developmental, gender diversity and socio-economic — and maps out five schools of thought.

Downloads available from DECET seminar 05-12-2006

Plenary contributions to the DECET Network's first invitational seminar, held in Barcelona in May 2006, are available to download. The seminar discussed theoretical reflections and practical approaches focused on equity and respect for diversity in early childhood education and training.

Introducing our three programme managers 21-11-2006

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is pleased to introduce our three programme managers for the three new issue areas around which our grantmaking is now based: Strengthening the Care Environment, Successful Transitions: The Continuum from Home to School, and Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity. Read more

Indigenous people's news from Kenya 17-11-2006

Nairobi-based foundation partner TICAH (Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health), which implements the Using Our Traditions project on the health and nutrition needs of young children, has issued a new newsletter (pdf, 0.3mb). It contains, among other things, news of TICAH's activities at the Toronto AIDS conference and latest publications.

WOFAN nominated for Commonwealth award 14-11-2006

Hajiya Salamatu Garba, coordinator of Nigeria's Women Farmers Advancement Network - which implements the Sustainable ECD in Kano project for the foundation - has been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Grassroots Empowerment Award for the First Distinguished Nigerian Merit Awards. The award will be presented at the 3rd Annual African Diaspora Investment Forum, to be held at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 23-25 November.

ECM on transitions in the early years 08-11-2006

The latest edition of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is available. Timed to coincide with the EFA Global Monitoring Report on early childhood, this 58-page edition is entitled Transitions in the early years: A learning opportunity.

VBJK presents film and brochure 08-11-2006

On Thursday 16 November in Ghent, Belgium, VBJK (Research and Resource Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education) will present a film, Childcare stories: Multiple perspectives of parents about education, employment and childcare, and a brochure - Ouderpartcipatie, ook voor vaders (parent participation, also for fathers) - on how to involve fathers in childcare. These products were developed with support from the foundation and others.

Multicultural education in early childhood 27-10-2006

Foundation partner The Venezia Institite is holding a conference entitled "Multicultural education in early childhood" in Tel Aviv on 15 November. Also, check out a new page on the Venezia Institute's website for more details - with video clips - of their foundation-funded work on promoting multiculturalism among young children in Israel.

Education for All report on early childhood 26-10-2006

UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007 is published on October 26 on the theme of early childhood. The Bernard van Leer Foundation was delighted to have had the opportunity to provide input into this latest GMR. We believe the report will make 2007 the year of early childhood in EFA, and consider that it sheds important light on our activities to raise early childhood issues on the international agenda. Read more

UNESCO Courier features foundation projects 26-10-2006

The Roving Caregivers Programme in Jamaica, Community Mothers Programme in Ireland and "Loipi" projects with Kenyan pastoralists are among the foundation-funded projects deatured in the October 2006 edition of the UNESCO Courier.

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