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General Background

The A.M. Qattan Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit developmental organisation founded in 1993. It is registered in the UK as a charity (no 1029450), and as a charitable company limited by guarantee (no 2171893).A branch of the Foundation is also registered in Palestine as a non-profit organisation (no QR-0035-F).

Vision

A just, free, enlightened and tolerant society with a global presence; one that embraces dialogue and is a producer of knowledge, art and literature.

Mission Statement

An independent, not-for-profit developmental institution working in the culture and education sectors targeting a variety of social groups, particularly children, teachers and young artists, which:

  • Aims to empower free-thinking, enlightened individuals to overcome the challenges of war and injustice and to create a flourishing and dynamic society in Palestine and the Arab World;
  • Adopt long-term, participatory developmental ethos through programmes that foster critical thinking, research, creativity and the production of knowledge, while also providing an inspiring model of transparency and excellence;
  • Advocate cultural and educational development as an essential tool of resistance for a society faced by conditions of acute political instability and humanitarian catastrophe.

Values

Defence of the rights and dignity of all

Inspired by the enduring vision enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms that“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”, the Foundation supports women and men to combine their self-development with the service of others, specifically through the provision of inclusive public services of a high standard.

Freedom, pluralism, dialogue, the production of knowledge and new thinking

The Foundation believes in the individual's rights to freedom of thought and creed, as well asto free expression. These rights are key components of its internal policies and its work in the fields of culture and education, where the sharing of ideas and practices is considered essential for the production of knowledge and new thinking.

Working in a collegiate spirit of productivity

The Foundation is aware that it can only realise its goals if it has the support of its target constituencies and their shared agreement on the value, meaning and potential effectiveness of its work. As such, it always aims to operate in a collegiate spirit of cooperation and partnership with its staff and the groups it serves, whether they are children, artists or teachers.

The courage to be just

The Foundation realises that long-term peace, equality and prosperity require the courage to be just and to defend the oppressed.