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
Israeli partnerhas won first prize in the BMW Group's prestigious International Learning awards, beating competition from 26 countries. The award recognises the Learning to Live Together programme, which teaches mixed groups of children in both Hebrew and Arabic, for "build[ing] a new foundation for the next generation to live as partners". on Hand in Hand's website.
"Very bad things can happen to orphans. List some of those things in the space provided." Sarah Leeper reports from Durban, South Africa, on the challenges of putting together literacy materials which sensitise young children to the realities of HIV/AIDS - without scaring them senseless. Read more
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has launched a new website, the(ECLRC), which makes available resources in Hebrew and English on the "Learning To Live Together" project and other field projects.
South Africa'snewspaper features the work of new BvLF partner the .
CAF.is a new online forum bringing together government and voluntary agencies working in the early years in the Highlands region of Scotland. One of its founding members, , is connected to our Glasgow-based partner
Elly Singer and Dorian De Haan from the Faculty of Child Psychology at the University of Utrecht, together with Anke van Keulen of, have published research results from the "Young kids coping with conflict" project, which explores the impact of culture on children's conflict resolution and the role of adults. The research studied 96 children playing in multicultural childcare centres. A book for practitioners, (in Dutch), is now available.
The Monduli Pastoralist Development Initiative collaborates with families, communities and service providers in improving care for young pastoralist children in Tanzania. Read more about the context, methodology and challenges of their work in this report (pdf, 1.6mb) - summary (pdf, 799kb), prepared for BvLF by AMANI.
The firstare coming in from around the world in response to the first stage of the international campaign: "How do we want to raise our children?", run by the (MINE) and the . For further information aboput the campaign and how you can join the debate, see the .
BvLF partner(Association des Collectifs Enfants Parents Professionnels) asks you to join them in a campaign against proposals in France to create a national register tracking behaviour in young children which could be considered as indicators of future delinquency. (in French) from ACEPP's website.
A new issue of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, is now available. Guest-edited by Nigel Cantwell, this edition of ECM looks at the issue of children without parental care, with articles from Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Guatemala, Tunisia and South Africa.