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The latest news about the Bernard van Leer Foundation, our partners and the issues we work on.

First Early Childhood Education Action Congress - Registration now open

Published March 14, 2016
First Early Childhood Education Action Congress - Registration now open

On 6 and 7 June 2016, the first Early Childhood Education Action Congress will be held in Paris, hosted by OECD. This event will bring together 450 leaders from many… Read more

Partnership with government of Odisha to improve opportunities for young children

Published March 10, 2016

The Foundation has formally partnered with the government of Odisha, one of India's 29 states, on two initiatives to improve opportunities for young children. The first Memorandum of Understanding commits… Read more

New course on urban planning for early childhood at university in Israel

Published March 8, 2016
New course on urban planning for early childhood on University in Israel

MA students at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are now able to take a course in urban planning for early childhood, an initiative of the Bernard van Leer Foundation… Read more

Report: National conference on mother tongue based multilingual early childhood education in India

Published February 29, 2016
National conference on mother tongue based multilingual early childhood education in tribal area, India

Last month 150 participants gathered in Gopalpur, Odisha, to discuss strategies for scaling up mother tongue based early childhood education to improve Indian tribal children's chances of succeeding in school. Read more

Launch of new project supporting parents in Turkey

Published February 22, 2016
Launch new project supporting parents in Turkey

Ahmet Misbah Demircan, the Mayor of Beyoğlu - a municipality in greater Istanbul - painted wooden toys with his daughter, Erbe, last month at a father-child playgroup event to launch… Read more

New law in Brazil: big step in supporting parents and young children

Published February 5, 2016
new law brazil

Brazil's Senate has unanimously passed a new law quadrupling paid leave for new fathers, from five to 20 days, and mandating six months paid leave for new mothers. The law… Read more

Book release: Personal stories show that child abuse affects everything (in Dutch)

Published February 4, 2016
Het heeft invloed op alles, langetermijngevolgen van een onveilige jeugd

Kinderen die zijn mishandeld of misbruikt, zijn levenslang getekend. Om inzicht te geven in de wereld van 119.000 kinderen die jaarlijks worden mishandeld, delen zeven jongeren hun jeugdervaringen en de… Read more

Rien van Gendt interviewed in Alliance Magazine

Published February 3, 2016
Interview Rien van Gendt Alliance Magazine

In the latest edition of Alliance Magazine (subscription required), BvLF’s former Board of Trustees member Rien van Gendt is interviewed to give an informed perspective on where philanthropy has been… Read more

Bhubaneswar wins the ‘Smart City Challenge’

Published February 2, 2016
Bhubaneswar wins the Smart City Challenge

Great news: Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, has won the ‘Smart City Challenge’, topping the list of 20 smart cities. This means that the aspirations the… Read more

Social and Economic Council asks for greater investment in early childhood (in Dutch)

Published January 21, 2016
Social and Economic Council asks for greater investment in early childhood

De Bernard van Leer Foundation heeft met veel waardering kennisgenomen van het advies van de Sociaal Economische Raad: ‘Gelijk goed van start. Visie op het toekomstige stelsel van voorzieningen voor… Read more