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
The Adam Institute for Peace and Democracy have produced, with foundation support, a film entitled "The First Steps in Democracy".
"The most important fact is that we still manage to keep an atmosphere for discussion and debate." Read an open letter from Orly Almi, development director of Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality, on the experience of Jewish and Arab children returning to preschool after the war in Gaza.
The book Kinderschapsvorming was presented last November at a seminar hosted by our partner Stichting Child Care International, reported on in this(in Dutch) in Beleid Bestuur Managements Pedagogiek in de Kinderopvang. The book focuses on young children and democratic citizenship.
Read thefrom Hand in Hand, including the impact of the war in Gaza on pupils in the Arab-Jewish schools, and a visit by UK foreign secretary David Miliband.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation's publications are now available through, an online library for digital publications of Dutch organizations in the international development cooperation sector. Funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Search4Dev is a collaborative venture that aims to reduce the gap between science, policy and development practice.
"The current events in Gaza are heartbreaking. Nevertheless, we believe that, especially in extremely difficult times as the present one, it is crucial to show the determination and good will of Jews and Palestinians committed to dialogue - we do this through music rather than words, through culture rather than politics and through a deep appreciation for music as a common denominator while appreciating differences as an enriching element." Read more about the Beit Al-Musica initiative, a foundation grantee,(pdf).
"These are days of trial, of pain, of violence and of war..." - read foundation partner NISPED's reflections on the current escalation of violence in Gaza. For brighter news from the region, watch this story of hope from Israel Broadcasting Corporation on another of NISPED's projects, the Arab-Bedouin Women's Catering Enterprise in Hura.
We are pleased to share the manual Building Resilience in Preschool Children, published by our partner the Israel Centre for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, in English and Arabic (pdf files). It includes general information about resilience and five chapters of suggested classroom activities.
A Nepali translation of the foundation's Working Paper number 39 - Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender: A summary review - has been produced by Sakriya Sath. Download it here (pdf, 0.5mb).