Annual report highlights Bernard van Leer Foundation’s 2020 achievements
The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Annual Report 2020 highlights how it responded to support the needs of infants, toddlers and caregivers during Covid-19 restrictions
Also available in a new online version, the report includes an interactive world map showing the foundation’s work in its focus countries and learning partnerships in its three key investment areas: Urban95, Parents+ and Early Years Thought Leadership.
Stories highlighted include:
- How insights from behavioural science informed messaging for parents in Côte d’Ivoire;
- The launch of the nationwide Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge in India;
- Tackling air pollution in London and caregiver mental health in Lebanon
- Rapid research into the impacts of Covid-19 restrictions on families with young children.
In the report’s foreword, Nanno Kleiterp, Chair of the Board of Trustees, together with Michael Feigelson, Chief Executive Officer of the Van Leer Group, touch on how the challenges posed by a post-COVID-19 world could potentially create an opportunity for early years advocates.
“It could be an opportunity to bridge divides and to work together across countries, as well as across ideological and political differences,” they say. “If we want this kind of recovery, we believe the best way to start is to look at challenges in front of us through the eyes of children and families. This kind of perspective can help remind us of what we have in common rather than what divides us, and keep us focused on making practical change for those that need it the most.”