The National Archives Organizes an Educational Program for New Teachers from the Emirates National Schools

The National Archives Organizes an Educational Program for New Teachers from the Emirates National Schools

The National Archives Organizes an Educational Program for New Teachers from the Emirates National Schools


The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, in the context of its educational programs, organized a program about the U.A.E.’s history and heritage at its headquarters. It was designed for more than 250 new teachers from Emirates National Schools to get them acquainted with the U.A.E.’s values and community characteristics in addition to the best way to communicate with students through their traditions, customs, and glorious history, which fosters the values of tolerance and coexistence among different nationalities in the U.A.E. 

Dr. Kenneth Vedra, Director-General of Emirates National Schools, opened the educational program with a brief speech thanking the National Archives for its cooperation and constructive role in qualifying the new teachers coming from different countries worldwide and providing them with information about aspects of the U.A.E.’s history and heritage. This would bring teachers and students closer, contribute to the education, and instill confidence in students about what their teachers provide them. This would eventually lead to the success of the teaching process in the Emirates National Schools.

Dr. Aisha Bilkhair, Director of the Research and Knowledge Services Department at the N.A., thanked Dr. Kenneth Vedra for his speech and expressed her pleasure that the program has attracted the new foreign teachers for the second year in a row.

The Director of Research and Knowledge Services Department provided a definition of the National Archives, an affiliate with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and of its main duties and events, which encourage strengthening national identity and enhancing loyalty and belonging to the nation. Then, she delivered a lecture entitled, “The U.A.E.: A Distinctive Cultural Experience, the Happiest People in the World,” which discussed aspects of the U.A.E.’s history and culture. She focused on the giving of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan whose attention was fully focused on building man and instilling good citizenship among the sons of the nation to follow his steps in building a country that is a source of pride before the world in terms of prosperity and progress. Sheikh Zayed made the U.A.E., which is recognized for its noble values, especially tolerance, a country attracting expatriates from most of the countries in the world. Dr. Bilkhair showed by word and picture some characteristics of U.A.E. society, which lead its people to be happy as per different global standards and measurements.

At the end of the lecture, Dr. Bilkhair opened the door for the inquiries of the new foreign teachers who appreciated the program and praised the significant leap witnessed by the U.A.E., which developed in record time. The inquiries focused on the U.A.E.’s history and heritage in addition to U.A.E. society’s identity, culture, values, traditions, and customs.

Later, the participants were taken to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Virtual Reality Theatre, where they watched a 3-D documentary film about aspects of the U.A.E.’s past and bright present, and finally they went on a tour in Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall, which contains copies of historical documents, photographs, historical maps, and heritage acquisitions.

It is worth mentioning that this program comes in the context of a number of educational events adopted by the N.A. to develop the national sense, communicate with teachers, students and parents, and reinforce the academic curriculums.