CCFU exists to promote an appreciation of culture as vital for human development that responds to our diverse identities. Read our Strategic Plan for 2021-2025
We define culture as a constantly changing set of values, identities, practices, traditions and aspirations that govern the way we relate as individuals, communities and nations. Culture is central to our well–being and to defining the ideal society we seek.
We believe that the positive aspects of culture can be harnessed to bring about social and economic transformation. The Foundation therefore acts as a catalyst to promote an understanding of development as seen through “cultural lenses”.
Our mission is based on the following assumptions
- Cultural identity is an essential element of human life – and remains resilient despite overwhelming external influences and exposure.
- Culture is relevant and has the potential to contribute (knowledge, skills and resources) to sustained development.
- People have an intrinsic desire to preserve, adapt and promote culture in spite of the current state of neglect of cultural resources.
- The lack of confidence and conviction in the relevance of culture can be reversed but requires evidence-based knowledge and experiences.
- Change may be externally triggered, but necessary cultural transformation must be internally inspired and driven.
- Culture rests with the people.
- Safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage resources through heritage education in secondary schools, conserving endangered species, mapping and supporting community museums, historical buildings and sites
- Promoting cultural rights through advocacy for the rights of indigenous minority groups and other ethnic groups
- Managing cultural diversity through fostering the existence of cultural and supporting cultural institutions to adapt to their changing operating context
- Dignity – mutual respect among staff and with partners; focus on what people hold dear.
- Trust and integrity – accountability, zero tolerance for corruption, transparency in financial and other matters.
- Partnership – seeking the active collaboration of other stakeholders while freely sharing information and experiences.
- Justice and equity – respecting rights, shunning all forms of violence and seeking inclusion, participation and equitable treatment for all staff and collaborators.
- Professionalism – seeking organisational excellence and self-confidence at all times.