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
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.
Plenary contributions to the DECET Network's first invitational seminar, held in Barcelona in May 2006, areto download. The seminar discussed theoretical reflections and practical approaches focused on equity and respect for diversity in early childhood education and training.
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
Nairobi-based foundation partner newsletter (pdf, 0.3mb). It contains, among other things, news of TICAH's activities at the Toronto AIDS conference and latest publications.(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
Hajiya Salamatu Garba, coordinator of Nigeria's- 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 , to be held at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 23-25 November.
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.
On Thursday 16 November in Ghent, Belgium, 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 in childcare. These products were developed with support from the foundation and others.(Research and Resource Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education) will
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 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.
UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007 is Read moreon 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.
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.