Giving visitors of the book fair pleasure and benefit

Giving visitors of the book fair pleasure and benefit

Aiming to strengthen the bond between children and their nation’s history, their sense of belonging, loyalty to their homeland and its symbols, the National Archives allocated a Children’s Corner in its pavilion at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2014, and remarkably it has attracted visiting children.

The visiting children were greeted to the corner with educational, training and art workshops. These workshops follow certain steps that start with relating a story, then asking children to express it in drawing. According to these steps, children are able to illustrate in colors what they grasped from stories they attentively had listened to. These stories are in the context of "My Homeland Promotes Preservation of National Identity"; the most distinguished story that the Children’s Corner is keen to share with its visitors is The Story of the Union Flag, The Story of the Union, the Story of Al Hosn Palace, and the political and geographical boundaries of the UAE. 

The Children’s Corner, which is the first-time initiative of the National Archives, attracted many visitors who spent long time there and who were given a lot of attention and care. National Archives’ employees who are specialists in children’s educational programs were in charge of the Children’s Corner. 

It is noteworthy that the first visitor to the Children’s Corner was a special needs child who exceled in painting a UAE flag. Her accompanying mother praised the National Archives initiative which provided all the interesting means to attract children; namely painting stationary which was carefully selected and the relevant furniture of the corner that suited children’s needs.