National Archives Evaluates Student Projects Participating in Student Historians Club

National Archives Evaluates Student Projects Participating in Student Historians Club

National Archives Evaluates Student Projects Participating in Student Historians Club
Student projects invite optimism and show effort and attention

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates assessed the projects submitted by the third cycle of students in UAE schools of the second annual Student Historians Club, 2015.  The fifty projects created by students from nearly thirty schools inspired admiration for the effort, attention, and precision dedicated to them.
Projects submitted to the Historians Club were identified in April in a seminar attended by many schools in the UAE. More than 200 students participated, supervised by fifty teachers and the nominated projects have gone through a phase of evaluation. The NA is interested to educate the new generation about the nation’s civilization and cultural heritage as well as its great loyal leaders.

The Historians Club contest aims to enhance national identity, loyalty, and belonging to the nation in addition to preparing good citizens who are capable of contributing to the nation. Motivated by its role to link students to their past heritage based on documented historical facts, the National Archives took it upon itself to establish a club for school students called "Students Historians Club” with a goal to achieve several national objectives, the most important of which are educating young students about the NA’s mission, vision and objectives, in addition to involving them in its activities and its events, investing their potential to serve the nation’s history, values and principles, and linking its activities to schools activities, under the supervision and guidance of educational sectors in the country.
Participating projects were based on four categories closely related to national and historical elements. The first category was the best model of the Al Jahili Castle, the second was the best presentation of a personal archive, and the third was the best specialized magazine, and the personality of the magazine for this year is Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the Mother of the Nation. The fourth category was dedicated to the best narrated oral history story. Significantly, the selection of these categories echoes the leading role of the National Archives in linking present generations to their past heritage.
The Assessment Committee included members from the Activities Department in the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), who were interested in considering how each submitted project provided coherence, the integration, and support to the curriculum, especially since this competition comes in the context of educational curricula development and offers students a link between the theoretical sciences they receive in classroom and the practical application.
The panel in charge of selecting the winners selected the best team, coordinators, and school administrations in addition to honoring the guardians of students whose projects were distinguished. This was a new gesture that the Second Annual Historians Club introduced to show gratitude to families who pave the way for their children towards creativity.
It is worth mentioning that the evaluation criteria for the magazine depended on student team's ability to identify a clear vision for the magazine, integrated plans to be implemented, arrangement of diversified information, creativity in its design, and the accuracy of language and the quality of drafting.

The criteria for oral history are a clear vision for the project; the subject’s historic importance and the integration of its parts, the audio clarity and accuracy, in addition to attractive and highly efficient way of presentation.
As regards the standards for the personal archive presentation clear vision, diversified and accurate information besides the quality, and the appeal of the personal presentation were required.
As regards the historic model of the Al Jahili Castle, the evaluation team focused on how closely the miniature model is identical with the original castle, the basic materials used in creating it, and its strength, durability, mobility, ease of preservation, and educational benefits.

The National Archives’ student-centered projects aim to enrich students’ national values, contribute to their upbringing and strengthen their loyalty to their country and their leadership in addition to the embodiment of the great national symbols.