The National Archives receives more than 900 students from the Philippine School within a week

The National Archives receives more than 900 students from the Philippine School within a week

The National Archives receives more than 900 students from the Philippine School within a week

In the framework of the NA’s aim to educate foreign communities' school students resident in the UAE on the history and heritage of the UAE. More than 900 students from the Philippine School undertook several academic visits to the NA premises within one week.

The Philippine School had already organized similar visits to the NA last year, and upon realizing the benefits and positive impact of such visits on its students it repeated them again this year. The Bengali and Pakistani communities' schools and others have also visited the NA premises. During such NA school visits, students learn about the UAE history and heritage, and view the NA’s educational facilities and the Customer Happiness Hall. They also attend a lecture educating them on the culture of the UAE, followed by a discussion on the same topic.

Qualified and efficient specialists from the NA deliver the lecture on good citizenship, happiness, containment of others and on the UAE heritage which helps to reinforce all these values and instill them in the school students.

The lecture evidence is derived from the line and actions taken by the Founding Leader, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, by Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, and by the wise leadership which represent the sustainable civilizational legacy that bridges the gap in concepts and facilitates dialogue with others. These noble attitudes resulted in favorable impressions on students about the UAE which hosts more than 200 Arab and foreign communities. Furthermore, these attitudes reinforced the humanitarian side of their character to become a role- model for others to follow regardless of their nationalities. Consequently, this would enhance and promote the values of understanding, peace, violence renouncement, happiness and tolerance.

The National Archives urges the visiting students to be innovative, creative and to seek novelty in whatever they do. It also points out the Arab and global civilizations, and refers to the UAE's status and deep-rooted history during the bygone eras since it is not a nation that is newly introduced to history. Umm al Nar civilization is an evidence of this, also the UAE’s men whose names were made eternal through history, namely: Al Muhallab Bin Abi Sufra with his heroic deeds,  and the navigator, Ahmed Bin Majid, and his immortal and endless impact, and others.

The National Archives’ focus through what it presents to Foreign communities' school students is on highlighting the strong and fruitful diplomatic relationships with people of different countries worldwide, which ensures UAE's peace and security and guarantees its being acquainted with lifestyles and successful experiences in various fields at regional, Arab and international levels. 

The student visits program includes a tour of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan's Hall including samples of manuscripts, photographs, maps and electronic albums of the UAE’s leaders and its prominent figures in the modern era, presenting the story of the establishment of the Union, the foundation of the first cabinet and the selection of its flag design. The program also includes a tour of the Emirates Library where students view its main contents whether of paper or electronic references and sources, books, periodicals, specialized theses as well as how to benefit from its acquisitions. In Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Virtual Reality Hall, students watch a 3-D documentary film on the past and present of the UAE, and on the National Archives and its role in preserving the memory of the nation including the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region.

Visitors also go on a tour of Customers' Happiness Hall, which was established by the National Archives with the aim of best serving researchers and academics, as it offers a number of computers along with advanced facilities and means to help researchers in conducting and following up their respective researches, and in copying their needed archival material using modern devices.