27 An-Nahda Women Association Street Al-Tira- Ramallah, Palestine
Gaza, Al-wihda Street
Ramallah & Gaza
- Youth and education
109 Employees in Palestine, as of April 2020 – 70 in the West Bank and 39 in Gaza.
Annual budget, around $7 million, mainly from Al-Qattan Charitable Trust and Al-Qattan family (the major sources for the Foundation) covering the Foundation's administrative expenses and core programme and project costs. In 2004 the Board of Trustees (BoT) approved for the first time external co-funding from the European Commission (EC) for the Palestinian Audio-Visual (PAV) Project that ran over five years. Later on, in 2009, The Foundation’s BoT took a strategic decision to increase the Foundation’s budget, with the aim of increasing external co-funding, provided that it does not exceed 40% of the Foundation's annual budget, and does not in any way compromise the Foundation’s vision, mission and values in serving the Palestinian and Arab communities, and also provided that the Foundation takes full or leading control of all project design and implementation.
Modalities of action:
Grant-making, cultural and artistic events, seminars, professional development training courses and workshops for teachers, study days, exchanges, awards, library services, capacity building projects for artists and the local community, and cultural, educational, artistic, scientific, technological and recreational activities for children.
Mission and Objectives
The A. M. Qattan Foundation (AMQF) is an independent, not-for-profit developmental organisation working in the fields of culture and education, 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 as a non-profit organisation (no QR-0035-F) since 1998. The Foundation’s operations are mainly in Palestine, with interventions in the United Kingdom through the Mosaic Rooms.
Vision: A just, free, enlightened, and tolerant society with an active global presence, one that embraces dialogue and produces knowledge, art and literature
Mission: To achieve a dynamic cultural environment conducive to the production of emancipatory thought and knowledge
- The rights and dignity of all;
- Freedom, pluralism, dialogue, and the production of knowledge;
- A collegiate spirit of productivity;
- The courage to be just.
Strategic Goals 2020 - 2024:
- Develop and make available cultural output to a wider public and to encourage it to become more active and responsive;
- Strengthen existing cultural, artistic, and educational structures to make them more dynamic and capable of producing critical and emancipatory thought and knowledge;
- Support a general environment that facilitates and endorses the application of the Foundation’s role and mission;
- Promote the A.M. Qattan Foundation as a leading and pioneering institution which can serve as an inspiring model;
- Ensure financial sustainability.
- Culture and Arts Programme (CAP)
CAP has a long track record of twenty years in grant-making in Palestine with the purpose of providing development opportunities for individual artists, collectives and organisations working in performing, audio-visual and visual arts, and literature. It offers and manages production, promotion, and specialised training grants, in addition to designing and implementing training and capacity building initiatives besides other scholarships and residency grants awarded on a competitive basis.
- Educational Research and Development Programme (ERDP)
AMQF has over the past 17 years been contributing to the development of a better learning environment for children in schools, through Teachers’ Professional Development Programmes. The ERDP has been working towards raising the standards of education and learning by providing resources, training and support for teachers to move past traditional methods of teaching. The Foundation sees teachers as facilitators of knowledge, and seeks to empower them by developing their skills to help students make connections between what they learn and real life. AMQF also believes that working with teachers is a real investment for them not only as teachers but also as humans.
- Child Centre – Gaza (CCG)
The Child Centre in Gaza (CCG) was established in 2005. It aims to nurture children’s curiosity, expand their knowledge, facilitate their access to outside cultures, and enhance their appreciation of arts and sciences. Although located at the heart of the city, the CCG serves children all around the Gaza Strip (annually serving +33,000 children members/visitors within its premises, and +57,711 children in some of the most remote and marginalised areas of the Gaza Strip), and it enjoys a strong network and high level of credibility with the local community. The CCG has one of the largest specialised children’s libraries in the Arab World with more than 91,450 children books, educational materials and other media. It offers a wide range of library, information technology, cultural, scientific, and recreational interactive services to children up to the age of fifteen along with their parents.
- Public Programme (PP)
The Public Programme, launched in 2006, is a transformative programme based on a series of curated events and activities that aim at questioning the intricate social and economic processes that shape our contemporary landscape. The Programme caters its activities to a wide array of audiences and geographies, each according to their specific culture and cognition. This is achieved through fostering critical thinking, research, creativity, collaborations, networking and production of knowledge, aiming at providing inspiring models of a just social cohesion, multiplicity, and independency. The Public Programme is foreseen to combine an approach of reciprocal development of public activities together with the aforementioned programmes, while keeping a balance between its own cultural directions and the Foundation’s interests yet focusing on the provision of inclusive and excellent standards of public service.