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

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.

Legion d'Honneur for foundation partner 25-10-2006

Nebahat Akkoç, President of Turkish women's organisation and foundation partner KA-MER, has been awarded France's highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur medal. KA-MER implements the Life for Children project, which aims to challenge cultural, traditional or educational practices which are harmful to women and children.

Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender 02-10-2006

Attitudes towards gender that are inculcated in early childhood can play a significant role in creating adult behaviours that lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS. This new working paper, Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender: A summary review, explores how to use the early years to lay the foundations for HIV/AIDS prevention.

Working with children in radio broadcasting 02-10-2006

The foundation-funded publication "Bua Fela - Just Talk", published by ABC Ulwazi in South Africa, is now at the printers and will be available for distribution soon. This practical guide to working with children in radio broadcasting is based on the experiences gained by ABC Ulwazi during the Speak Free Project, funded by the foundation since 2003. If you are interested in a copy, email

KCDF's new logo, forum and funds 26-09-2006

Kenya Community Development Foundation, which implements the Capacity Building and Early Childhood Development project, has launched a new logo together with a sponsors' forum and new funds for food security and girl children. Read more on KCDF's website.

Literacy project wins White House recognition 08-09-2006

Following on from its recent award (see news item below), South Africa's Family Literacy Project has been selected as one of the nine programmes to be highlighted in the White House Conference on Global Literacy (press release, pdf, 28kb). Hosted by Mrs Laura Bush, the conference will be held in New York this month.

Family Literacy Project wins award 06-09-2006

Foundation partner the Family Literacy Project, which implements the Masifunde Njengomndeni project in KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, has won an award for best adult literacy project in KwaZulu Natal. The award, from the Adult Learning Network, complements awards in previous years for best adult learner, adult educator and adult literacy group.

Annual report now available 05-09-2006

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's latest annual report is now available. It contains overviews of the foundation's grantmaking and financial report for 2005, together with a theme essay on "respect for diversity".

New website for Peruvian partner 02-09-2006

Peruvian partner CODINFA (Consorcio Desarrollo Integral Ninez y Fam Andina) has a new website (Spanish language only). CODINFA implements the Protagonismo Infantil Ande Peruano project for the foundation, which focuses on promoting child participation in rural Andean communities.

TREE publishes August newsletter 01-09-2006

Foundation partner TREE (Training and Resources in Early Education), which implements our Siyafundisana project in South Africa, has published its latest newsletter (pdf, 372kb).

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