Middle East Libraries: Safeguarding Centuries of Cultural Heritage With Digital Technology
In all of our host regions, the heritage of past generations is a precious asset that unites communities, affirms their identity and structures their future. A source of openness and empowerment, culture enables people to expand their horizons and develop skills that are essential to social cohesion. And by creating job opportunities and driving tourism and economic development, culture also contributes to the vitality and appeal of our host regions.
Total owes its success to the thousands of men and women, located in 130 countries and representing 150 different nationalities, who work with each other and with our local host communities worldwide. Cultural dialogue is therefore a core component of our day-to-day business practices. Respect for other people’s cultures, religions, backgrounds and beliefs is critical to the creation of a united corporate community.
Total Foundation has made a conscious decision to systematically include young people in the cultural programs it supports. This might be by encouraging the emergence of artistic initiatives that give them opportunities for self-expression and growth, training them in cultural heritage restoration to enhance their employability, or initiating them into the art of playing music in an orchestra. Each of the programs supported by the Foundation therefore plays a part in empowering young people to fulfill their potential, enhancing social cohesion among communities, and fostering commitment and self-confidence in younger generations.
To achieve our aim of showcasing the fertile, diverse and vibrant cultural traditions in our host regions, we take concerted action with the following three priorities in mind: