Our work is about people
human development begins with ensuring that each person is at the center of
their own learning and developmental processes. A person's power to effectively
engage with their community and society more broadly comes from the
opportunities they have to freely explore and express themselves and to pursue
their own learning paths both independently and collectively through a range of
educational activities in an environment which is safe, supportive and
Our work is about learning
CFTA’s approach to learning is rooted in
the principles of active learning, hands-on experimentation and learning
through practice. Recognizing that each person has their own unique set
of skills and capacities, each individual is encouraged to take responsibility
for their own learning and at the same time support and respect others’
We believe that freedom of thought and
expression are fundamental to creativity and to healthy learning and
development more broadly. We cannot predict the outcomes of learning, we
can only open the spaces and support the processes within which learning and
development can thrive.
· We view learning as a dynamic,
interactive, process involving independent and collective processes, practice
and reflection, exploration and assessment; it is always participatory, always
open and always changing.
· CFTA embraces an integrated, holistic
approach to learning, well-being and development through the provision of a
range of complementary services and programs, whether for boys or girls, men or
women. Our programs are designed to help build healthy individuals and
families, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially, and healthy
communities in which women and men play an active and influential role in
building a Palestinian society characterized by gender justice, equality and
· We are committed to facilitating learning
processes within our own organization as well as with the constituencies we
serve. CFTA invests in formal and informal learning and development
opportunities for staff and volunteers through providing regular on-the-job
mentoring and supervision and support for training and study, as well as
engaging external consultants. As a learning organization, we are dynamic; our
programmes grow and change, both responsive and responsible to the communities
to which we belong and in which we work. The need for continuous reflection,
review and revision of our work with the communities where we work is
particularly important in the volatile and rapidly changing conditions which
characterize the Gaza Strip.
Our work is about participating
· CFTA is committed to participatory
community development, firmly rooted in the people and places it serves.
· All of CFTA’s programs embrace a philosophy of full
participation - girls and boys, men and women, whatever the age group and
background, all participate in planning, budgeting, implementation, management
and evaluation of activities and programmes in which they are involved.
Children, youth and adults are all encouraged to test their ideas and
experiences, participate in decision-making and share responsibilities in the
process of developing and managing activities.
· since its beginnings in 1991, CFTA has pioneered
efforts to ensure full participation of its constituencies. Over the years,
CFTA has remained committed to the fundamental principle active participation,
developing and refining a methodology that is interactive and
· Constituent groups to a programme or project –
whatever their ages, sex or background -- are always involved: they take
responsibility for all the aspects of their activities or initiatives — not
only implementation but also planning, evaluation and financial management.
Once a year, each major constituency group served by CFTA gathers together to
develop their own annual plan and the thematic interventions they hope to
address, ensuring that ultimate ownership over all of CFTA’s programs lies with
the communities they serve.
Our work is about community
· People live, learn and grow in
communities. All of CFTA’s programs celebrate Palestinian cultural
heritage and identity and foster creative, critical engagement in
community. Our approach to community is cooperative and collaborative rather
than confrontational. We believe that change happens through active engagement
with one another and we seek to include members of our communities -- in all
their diversity -- in open discussion and inclusive decision making no matter
how controversial the issue.
· Recognizing the range of institutions influencing its
constituents, whether children, youth or adults, CFTA always works closely with
their families, schools and other community organizations, as well as both
governmental and non-governmental agencies to build broad-based support and
· We believe that like healthy communities, healthy
development involves learning across generations; we work to create and support
opportunities for inter generational learning and action.
Our work is about sharing
information and open communication
Full information is fundamental to
inclusive, transparent and accountable development.
· Effective community participation requires
the sharing of information and open communication among various stakeholders.
· Transparency and accountability at all
levels of the Association and across all programmes and services are
fundamental to CFTA’s approach.
work is about quality
In over more than two decades of
work, CFTA has established an exceptional reputation for the high quality of
its services and programs; our commitment to quality is maintained through
dedicated and continuous attention to both processes and outcomes.
Ongoing follow-up, communication and networking ensure
that community feedback leads to continued learning and development in the
design and implementation of all or our programmes and activities.
CFTA staff is comprised of a team of
professionals bringing together a wide range of specific expertise (from
science, math and information technology; to visual, plastic and performing
arts; to physical, psychological and public health; to teaching, community
mobilization, media and advocacy) towards a common collaboration. At the
same time, staff is highly skilled in facilitating participatory learning and