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

Child-friendly police and child rights from CHETNA 15-06-2007

We are pleased to make available some materials from our partner CHETNA, which others may find useful. This child-friendly police brochure (pdf) is aimed at sensitising police to dealing with children. CHETNA's child rights booklet comes in eight parts (all pdf) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - an accessible introduction to the concept of child rights, aimed at an Indian audience but dealing with globally relevant issues.

"Stereotypes started to fall down" 13-06-2007

"When I joined the training program last year, I perceived myself as an open minded and liberal person, free from prejudice and stereotypes..."; This story from the Venezia Institute, which runs the Educators in a Multi-Cultural Society project for the foundation, comes from a kindergarten teacher who participated in a training program. Read more

Latest news from Eurochips 12-06-2007

Now online - the June 2007 news from Eurochips, the foundation-funded, Europe-wide network for children of imprisoned parents.

ECM on inclusion and diversity 11-06-2007

The latest issue of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is now available. Entitled "Promoting social inclusion and respect for diversity in the early years", it takes an in-depth look at the issues involved in this newly-defined programme area, one of three programme areas which are now guiding the foundation's work.

Foundation photograph wins award 05-06-2007

An image commissioned by the Bernard van Leer Foundation has won the European Foundation Centre’s photo competition. The photo of the young boy from Sikkim, India, was used on the front cover of Early Childhood Matters last November. Read more

Jewish-Arab school founders recognised 31-05-2007

Messrs Amin Khalaf and Lee Gordon, the founders of the Hand in Hand schools for Jewish-Arab education in Israel, are to be honoured on June 14th with the third annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. The Bernard van Leer Foundation is proud to support Hand in Hand through the Early Childhood Education and Respect for Diversity project.

Equal opportunities for all through ECCE 30-05-2007

To mark the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, the DECET network is organising a conference (pdf) in October - funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation - on how early childhood care and education can lay the foundations for equal opportunities for all. DECET is a key partner for the foundation in implementing its Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity agenda in Europe.

Outcomes of good practice in transition processes 24-05-2007

The second background paper funded by the foundation for UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007, Outcomes of good practice in transition processes for children entering primary school, is now available as a Working Paper. Hilary Fabian and Aline-Wendy Dunlop assess the literature about good practices in transitions to primary school, and draw lessons about ways of forging links between primary schools, children’s home environments and early childhood programmes.

Playground opens in Bedouin village 22-05-2007

The first community playground and educational centre of its kind has opened (pdf) in Hasham Zane, an unrecognised Bedouin village in Israel. Foundation partner NISPED is working to bring more such centres, which combine opportinities for play with childcare training for mothers, to Bedouin communities in the Negev desert.

Spanish ECE encyclopaedia online 22-05-2007

Asociación Mundial de Educadores Infantiles, a partner  of the foundation in Spain, has launched the first part of the online encyclopaedia (in Spanish) it is developing with foundation support. It will evolve into a comprehensive tool of information and training for early childhood educators.

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