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

Update from the Adam Institute 12-03-2007

Read a review (pdf) of the activities of the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace in 2006, including winning the Yigal Alon prize for contributions to the advancement of education towards democracy and peace in Israel. The Adam Institute implements the Building Blocks of Democracy project, part of the foundation's respect for diversity portfolio.

Latest newsletter from Playtrain 11-03-2007

Read the latest newsletter from foundation partner Playtrain, including a report on last month's "WOW! this is big" exhibition.

Latest from the DECET network 05-03-2007

Foundation partner DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) has issued its latest newsletter (pdf), detailing the latest work of member organisations around Europe in promoting respect for diversity in early childhood education.

Brazilian partner relaunches website 24-01-2007

Centro de Criação de Imagem Popular, which implements two projects for the foundation in Brazil, has relaunched its website.

Moroccan preschools project in Dutch media 16-01-2007

The foundation's support for Moroccan partner organisation ATFALE is covered in this article in the Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant. The foundation has translated (pdf) the article for the benefit of non-Dutch speaking readers.

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.

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