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

Progress in integrated Arab-Jew education 22-01-2008

Click here for the latest from Israel-based foundation partner Hand in Hand, including news of a multimillion dollar new campus and the education minister's support for expanding bilingual education.

Involving young children in design 21-01-2008

The latest in our series of working papers is now available to download and order. Early childhood spaces: Involving young children and practitioners in the design process discusses how under-6s can be involved in designing spaces for early childhood provision.

Update on Venezia Institute's story of George 18-01-2008

Following on from this story from the Venezia Institute, this photo shows George - who featured in educational materials about forging links between cultures - speaking to a Hebrew-dominated kindergarten class recently joined by an Arab-speaking child. Nilly Venezia comments: "It was amazing to see how children really were interested in the contents of the story they heard more than a month ago and when George arrived, they started asking him questions about his life."

January news from EUROCHIPS 11-01-2008

The latest newsletter from EUROCHIPS, the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents, is now online.

Teaching conflict resolution skills in Lebanon 18-12-2007

Foundation partner the Arab Resource Collective recently ran a workshop on conflict resolution education in Lebanon. This article discusses the workshop and its context.

Spanish partner wins UNICEF recognition 17-12-2007

Foundation partner Preescolar na Casa has been recognised (pdf, Spanish) by UNICEF for their work with parents and young children in rural areas of Galicia during the last 30 years.

Photos help Brazilian fathers to stay close 16-12-2007

For Portuguese-speaking readers, this newspaper article (pdf) from Sao Paolo describes the work of foundation-funded Hine Fellow Emma Raynes with foundation partner Centro Popular de Cultura e Desenvolvimento on helping fathers who work far from home to maintain bonds with their children. Emma's translation of the article is here. More about Emma's work on her website.

Kenya partner's new website 11-12-2007

The Kenya Community Development Foundation, which operates the foundation-funded project Capacity Building and Early Childhood Development has a new website.

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