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.
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Foundation partner newsletter (pdf, 372kb).(Training and Resources in Early Education), which implements our Siyafundisana project in South Africa, has published its latest
The Israeli Venezia Institute for Diversity and Multi-Culturalism, which runs a foundation-funded project in Israel, has featured in Israeli newspaper after the publication of its book about children "This is me - My Story". Read our translation of the story here.
The latest edition of Early Childhood Matters - Violence against young children: A painful issue - is now available. This 52-page edition of our biannual journal features interviews and articles covering such issues as corporal punishment, child abuse and violence in schools. Like all the foundation's publications, it is available free of charge.
The pioneering message of hope.schools in Israel, at which Arab and Jewish children learn together, face an even more challenging than usual start to the new school year. Here, the foundation shares their
With support from the foundation, theis including the latest news on issues affecting young children in its daily newsletters from the Toronto AIDS conference.
On August 14, the call to action to decision-makers which summarises how governments and civil society should respond to the need to protect the rights of affected young children.gets underway in Toronto. Join us and the in issuing a
The latest in a series of vignettes by students documenting the work of BvLF partners as part of the Hine Fellowships project, a collaboration between BvLF and the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative. Maital Guttman is working with the Read morein South Africa and Elena Rue is working with in Ethiopia.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation is proud to make available three new publications on the subject of young children affected by HIV/AIDS, timed to coincide with the build-up to the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in August 2006. Read more
In her final report from the field, Hine Fellow Sarah Leeper describes how the editors of the Living Positively Handbook for HIV-positive children tackled the delicate issue of how explicitly they should talk about rape. Read more
Download the first newsletter (pdf, 1.8mb) of UK-based foundation partner . Among other things, the newsletter discusses a research project into methodologies to enable young children to express their thoughts and participate in decisions about services.
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