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

Is everybody ready? Working Paper on transitions 07-04-2007

The latest in our series of working papers is now available. "Is everybody ready? Readiness, transition and continuity: Reflections and moving forward" considers ways to tackle early drop-out and under-achievement at school through improving transitions from both home and early childhood programmes, and how schools can improve provision for 6-8 year olds.

Evaluation of Roving Caregivers 29-03-2007

The Amsterdam Institute for International Development is conducting a longitudinal impact evaluation of the Roving Caregivers programme funded by the foundation in St Lucia, and elsewhere in the Caribbean, as part of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative research project. Read more about the AIID's study here (pdf).

HIV/AIDS and young children - Briefing note 20-03-2007

Published by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance with financial support from the foundation, the latest in a series of "Building blocks: Africa wide briefing notes" is now available, entitled Young children and HIV: Strengthening family and community support (downloads as a pdf). The 40-page note identifies issues, principles and strategies both for care and treatment of young children with HIV and addressing the broader developmental needs of children affected by the pandemic.

"Breakthrough Idea" from South Africa 16-03-2007

The Family Literacy Project in Durban, South Africa, has been selected as one of six "Breakthrough Ideas in Education" by Global Learning Portal (free registration required), a website which aims to enable educators from around the world to share information, knowledge and ideas.

Update from the Adam Institute 12-03-2007

Read a review (pdf) of the activities of the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace in 2006, including winning the Yigal Alon prize for contributions to the advancement of education towards democracy and peace in Israel. The Adam Institute implements the Building Blocks of Democracy project, part of the foundation's respect for diversity portfolio.

Latest newsletter from Playtrain 11-03-2007

Read the latest newsletter from foundation partner Playtrain, including a report on last month's "WOW! this is big" exhibition.

Latest from the DECET network 05-03-2007

Foundation partner DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) has issued its latest newsletter (pdf), detailing the latest work of member organisations around Europe in promoting respect for diversity in early childhood education.

Brazilian partner relaunches website 24-01-2007

Centro de Criação de Imagem Popular, which implements two projects for the foundation in Brazil, has relaunched its website.

Moroccan preschools project in Dutch media 16-01-2007

The foundation's support for Moroccan partner organisation ATFALE is covered in this article in the Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant. The foundation has translated (pdf) the article for the benefit of non-Dutch speaking readers.

ATFALE's bulletin on Moroccan pre-schools 15-01-2007

Read the latest quarterly bulletin (pdf, French language) from ATFALE (Alliance de Travail dans le Formation et l'Action pour l'Enfance), which runs a foundation-funded project aimed at mainstreaming preschool education and supporting parents in Morocco.

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