The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. 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 promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all. 

Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

JLICA symposium on children and HIV/AIDS 20-07-2007

On September 24, leaders in science, policymaking, advocacy and implementation will convene at Harvard Medical School for a one-day international symposium to explore new directions in the global response to HIV/AIDS and children, organised by the foundation-funded Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS (JLICA).

Child rights and child participation reports 28-06-2007

These two recent reports from our Indian partner organisation CHETNA are likely to be of wider interest: on a pilot programme in ten villages on promoting child participation, and on a capacity-building workshop on child rights (both files pdf).

Bringing politics into the nursery 18-06-2007

"Bringing politics into the nursery: Early childhood education as a democratic practice" is the latest working paper from the foundation. Author Peter Moss argues that institutions providing early childhood care and education can become forums for democratic political practice.

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

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