Director General: Ziad Khalaf
Type: Independent & Family Foundation
Focus Region: Arab region/ Palestine
Sectors: Culture, Education
The A.M. Qattan Foundation (AMQF) is an independent, not-for-profit developmental organisation working in the fields of culture and education in Palestine, with a particular focus on children, teachers and young artists. Founded and registered in 1993 in the UK as a charity it has had a registered branch in Palestine since 1998. The Foundation’s operations are mainly in Palestine, with interventions in Lebanon through Selat: Links Through the Arts and, in the United Kingdom, through The Mosaic Rooms.
The Foundation manages The Palestinian Performing Arts Network (PAN) Programme, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the European Union. PAN involves 12 of the most prominent cultural organisations working in the performing arts in Palestine.
A just, free, enlightened, and tolerant society with an active global presence, one that embraces dialogue and appreciates and produces knowledge, art and literature
An independent institution, working in the knowledge and creativity sectors, using an integrative approach and targeting a variety of social groups, particularly children, teachers and young artists. The Foundation seeks to empower free individuals and a dynamic Palestinian and Arab culture, through a long-term, participatory developmental ethos. This is achieved through programmes that foster critical thinking, research, creativity and the production of knowledge, aiming to provide inspiring models of giving, transparency and excellence.
- Defence of the rights and dignity of all
Inspired by the shared heritage of humanity and in compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ vision 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 works towards combining individuals’ self-development with the service of others, while keeping a balance between personal and public interests, and focusing on the provision of inclusive and excellent standards of public service.
- Freedom, pluralism, dialogue and the production of knowledge
The Foundation believes in the individual's rights to freedom of thought and creed, as well as to the right to free expression. These rights are key components of its internal culture and its work in the fields of culture and education, where engaging in dialogue and sharing practices are considered essential for the production of knowledge.
- Working in a collegiate spirit of productivity
The Foundation is aware that the realisation of its mission and goals depends on the potential effectiveness, value and meaning of its work as perceived by its target constituencies. 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, teachers or other beneficiaries.
- The courage to be just
The Foundation realises that development, peace and long-term justice require the courage to be just in the defense of human causes.
- Culture and Arts Programme (CAP) aims to support talented young artists by offering them incentives to develop their talents, enable them to achieve and/or present their creative projects, advance their knowledge and experiences, and take more prominent positions in the cultural scene locally and abroad. CAP offers scholarships, production and promotion grants, as well as prizes, which it awards on a competitive basis. The Programme also supports cultural initiatives in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon through Selat: Links Through the Arts, a grant-making programme in partnership with the Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund.
- The Mosaic Rooms (MR) was established in 2008 as a cultural centre in West London showcasing some of the most exciting, progressive and creative voices from the Arab world. MR aims to reveal aspects of the Arab society that are often not covered by the media, with the view that culture plays a vital role in facilitating cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.
- Qattan Centre for the Child (QCC) located in Gaza City, QCC contains one of the largest and most sophisticated children’s libraries in the Arab World with over 100,000 books and other media. In addition to library services, the Centre offers a variety of information, cultural and recreational services as well as training and entertainment opportunities to children up to 15 years of age and their parents, and to childcare professionals. QCC aims to nurture children’s curiosity, expand their knowledge, facilitate their access to outside cultures, enhance their appreciation of the arts and sciences, and consolidate their sense of belonging to their cultural identity. The Centre runs an extensive outreach programme throughout the Gaza Strip, and collaborates closely with a children’s centre in Maghazi Refugee Camp and other centres elsewhere in the Gaza Strip.
- Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development (QCERD) aims to help raise the standards of education and learning in Palestine. It engages directly with schoolteachers to develop their skills and knowledge as well as to encourage reflection on their profession in order to improve learning conditions for their students. In its long-term professional development programmes, QCERD adopts a research-oriented approach based on direct educational practices including the use of drama, animation and cinema in education and project-based learning. It has also developed a science education, and en early childhood development programme with a number of schools in Palestine. It also published one of the leading educational journals in Arabic.
The Foundation is currently constructing new premises in Ramallah, which will open to the public in 2016. These will house its staff in the occupied West Bank, as well as an art gallery, library, cinema, multipurpose hall, training facilities, and cafeteria.
The Foundation is also developing the blueprint for an interactive science centre, the first of its kind in Palestine. It is also collaborating with the Municipality of Jenin and the Welfare Association on building a cultural facility inspired by the Qattan Centre for the Child in Gaza and its experience in culture and education generally.