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A visit to Kumi district, Uganda

Published July 16, 2014
A visit to Kumi district, Uganda - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

On a recent trip to Uganda I had the privilege of visiting Kumi district, in the east of the country. Kumi is one of three districts in Uganda where the… Read more

Accelerating the New Macho

Published June 6, 2014
Accelerating the New Macho - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

As players stride onto the pitch at the World Cup in Brazil later this month, they will enter hand-in-hand with a child. Kids have become the brand of one of… Read more

What do we know about early childhood development?

Published May 15, 2014
What do we know about early childhood development? - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

As someone who has pored over the literature on early childhood development for the last few years, I like to think I have a general grasp of the topic. However,… Read more

2014 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Published April 29, 2014
2014 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

At the beginning of this month I travelled with representatives from the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PFSU) to an economic summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was held by Ready Nation/America’s… Read more

Re-imagining Learning and Play

Published April 11, 2014
Re-imagining Learning and Play - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play -- with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together… Read more

The First Education Goal: Some Progress But a Long Way to Go!

Published February 20, 2014
The First Education Goal: Some Progress But a Long Way to Go! - Blog _ Bernard van Leer Foundation

The countdown for the Education for All goals is now less than two years away. Goal 1 is focused on expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially… Read more

Transatlantic forum discusses workforce development

Published February 17, 2014
Transatlantic forum discusses workforce development - Blog - Bernard van Leer Foundation

In New York in July 2013, the second meeting of The Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years discussed workforce preparation and curriculum innovations. Through the Forum, foundations from Europe exchange… Read more

Celebrating the launch of the General Comment on play

Published November 7, 2013

September 30, 2013 was a special day in Geneva. That day, representatives from the UN Committee on the rights of the Child, NGO’s, and play advocates all gathered together in… Read more

"The company we keep”

Published October 23, 2013

Once again I had a great chance to enjoy the company and exchange thoughts on early childhood with many inspiring and influential people in their field. At this year's National… Read more

BvLF-funded research into violence sparks media debate in Brazil

Published October 16, 2013

“Research shows that 68% of children in favela communities suffer at home”, read the headline above the article in ‘O Globo’ newspaper . “In Rio, 60% of parents in favelas… Read more