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

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.

Hand in Hand's 2005-2006 report 14-01-2007

Read about the activities of Hand in Hand Centre for Jewish Arab Education, a partner of the foundation in Israel, during the 2005-2006 school year in this ten-page report (pdf).

Latest newsletter from Bureau MUTANT 11-01-2007

Read the January 2007 newsletter (pdf) from Bureau MUTANT (Dutch language only), which implements several projects for the foundation in the area of respect for diversity.

Latest newsletter from Eurochips 11-12-2006

Catch up with the latest news from foundation partner Eurochips, which works for children of imprisoned parents across Europe.

Respect for diversity: An international overview 06-12-2006

In the latest in the foundation's Working Papers series, Respect for diversity: An international overview, Professor Glenda M MacNaughton of the University of Melbourne looks at ways of thinking about young children’s respect for diversity — cultural and racial, developmental, gender diversity and socio-economic — and maps out five schools of thought.

Downloads available from DECET seminar 05-12-2006

Plenary contributions to the DECET Network's first invitational seminar, held in Barcelona in May 2006, are available to download. The seminar discussed theoretical reflections and practical approaches focused on equity and respect for diversity in early childhood education and training.

Introducing our three programme managers 21-11-2006

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is pleased to introduce our three programme managers for the three new issue areas around which our grantmaking is now based: Strengthening the Care Environment, Successful Transitions: The Continuum from Home to School, and Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity. Read more

Indigenous people's news from Kenya 17-11-2006

Nairobi-based foundation partner TICAH (Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health), which implements the Using Our Traditions project on the health and nutrition needs of young children, has issued a new newsletter (pdf, 0.3mb). It contains, among other things, news of TICAH's activities at the Toronto AIDS conference and latest publications.

WOFAN nominated for Commonwealth award 14-11-2006

Hajiya Salamatu Garba, coordinator of Nigeria's Women Farmers Advancement Network - which implements the Sustainable ECD in Kano project for the foundation - has been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Grassroots Empowerment Award for the First Distinguished Nigerian Merit Awards. The award will be presented at the 3rd Annual African Diaspora Investment Forum, to be held at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 23-25 November.

ECM on transitions in the early years 08-11-2006

The latest edition of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is available. Timed to coincide with the EFA Global Monitoring Report on early childhood, this 58-page edition is entitled Transitions in the early years: A learning opportunity.

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