The National Archives will distribute 30,000 boxes in Abu Dhabi Schools

The National Archives will distribute 30,000 boxes in  Abu Dhabi Schools

The National Archives will distribute 30,000 boxes in Abu Dhabi Schools


The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates launched its new national campaign “My Archive, My Future” for the students of the Abu Dhabi Education Council. The campaign is part of Watheq, which is a national campaign to document personal records aiming to educate students about the importance of documenting personal records and material, as they are the tool of the present and the memory of the future. The campaign seeks to prepare a promising generation that is aware of preserving personal information and documents being part of the U.A.E. past and future.
The National Archives launched the national campaign “My Archive, My Future” for its important objectives. It seeks to establish the value of maintaining personal belongings of all kinds whether oral, written, or audio. It also seeks to protect them against damage and loss, thus preparing a conscious generation that realizes the importance of documenting, retrieving and employing information in the future, as per to the highest levels of security and confidentiality.
H.E. Majid Sultan Al Mehairi, the National Archives’ Executive Director, said that “My Archive, My Future” will work to educate the younger generation about the importance and mechanism of documentation using the personal records of school students. He pointed out that it comes within the framework of the National Archives’ vision, mission, and strategic objectives, which urge the need to enriching the historical record of the U.A.E., and promoting the feelings of belonging and loyalty to the homeland.
Upon launching the campaign of “My Archive, My Future” at Fairmont Bab El Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi, H.E. Majid Sultan Al Mehairi added: “the National Archives will distribute 30,000 boxes to school students in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region. It will enhance students’ awareness of the significance of their personal records and develop their sense of responsibility motivate the spirit of competitiveness of the future men under our wise leadership that looks ahead to make the U.A.E. Number One in the global equation in 2021.  
H.E. confirmed that the N.A. is keen to establish a personal archive for each student to save his/her documents. It will deliver the boxes of the “My Archive, My Future” to U.A.E. schools, pointing out that the boxes are designed as per the international standards for archiving. They are resistant to moisture and external factors and their storage capacity takes various sizes of students’ records that monitor the academic stages such as certificates, I.D., footage, photos and research papers, and more.
H.E. Majid Sultan Al Mehairi thanked the Abu Dhabi Education Council on collaborating to make the success of this national campaign, which targets the youth of today who will be the men of tomorrow on whom the nation has great hopes. He pointed out that the National Archives and the Abu Dhabi Education Council are strategic partners who have solid relations that resulted in positive cooperation.
On the other hand, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Yusuf Hassan Bani Yas, Executive Director of the ADEC Higher Education Sector, praised the campaign "My Archive, My Future" and considered it a national, educational and awareness campaign that employs and invests students' abilities and enhances their belonging to the homeland.
H.E. added that in line with ADEC’s interest to enable this national campaign to achieve its purpose, ADEC will put relevant plans to motivate students to interact positively with all its stages. The students will be keen on winning competitions the National Archives prepared for schools and students.
H.E. the Executive Director of the ADEC Higher Education Sector thanked the N.A for its hard efforts to collect and save the memory of the nation and he wished the project all the success in achieving its anticipated objectives and delivering archival knowledge to students to enable them to perform the best practices in personal archiving and documentation. 
It is noteworthy that the National Archives has launched the national campaign to expand the concept of documentation and to include the future generations; as school students are important segments of the national social fabric and by the “My Archive, My Future” campaign integrates with “Watheq”, which targets families, individuals, and institutions in the U.A.E.
The National Archives has launched this campaign to urge the students to be aware of the importance of archives in their present and future. Within the framework of this national educational campaign, the N.A. and will seek to educate young people of the importance of documentation and its mechanisms using school students’ personal records. The N.A. offers the students the opportunity to learn the significance and mechanisms of retaining papers and documents for the future in accordance with the best international standards that ensure archiving documents, and by this way, it creates an archive for the family. That will constitute a promising national seed and will create the spirit of competition that fosters innovation and creativity for the student and the institution as well.
The National Archives has designed its national project based on national and educational values. These national values are to promote awareness among the students the distinction and the value of their Emirati identity, as well as motivating them to preserve their national sense and social responsibility to ensure transferring them to the next generations and to educate the students about their own documents, and urge them to preserve their documents in addition to have all segments of community involved in realizing the national dimension of the documents, and their relation to promoting the national identity.
The educational values the National Archives adopted in its national project “My Archive, My Future” are that students shall learn archiving methods of their documents and important papers for use in the future and to take care of their own documents and protecting them against damage and loss so as they can retrieve them when needed. Furthermore, students shall be motivated to be good models interested in their history and preserve their identity as well as creating a spirit of competition and creativity to be role models. They also encourage community members to be innovative in preserving students and school archives.
“My Archive, My Future” does not focus only on encouraging students to create their own archives, but it also cater to enrich them with scientific archival knowledge through motivational contests and prizes that support the project and ensure its sustainability. Some of these awards include the award for the best personal archive, the award for the best school archive and the award for the best archival material, etc…
It is noteworthy that the National Archives has launched a series of projects that support the national identity in UAE, such as the cultural season, which benefited more than 15,000 students, teachers, and guardians this year.
The National Archives launched the Students’ Historian Club, which aims at developing students’ awareness of their history, heritage, and their nation’s achievements.
The National Archives had previously launched the Young Historian Award, which focuses in deepening students’ national identity as it educates them about their cultural heritage, enhances their belonging and loyalty to their homeland and at the same time it strengthens relations between generations and provides them with the efficiency and mechanisms of scientific research.
These projects come within the context of the National Archives’ role of educating the new generation about the civilizational and cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates and its great leaders with the aim of deepening the sense of national identity, promoting loyalty and belonging to the homeland and preparing the good citizens, who are capable of giving for the sake of their homeland.
About the National Archives
The United Arab Emirates’ National Archives, an affiliate of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs was established in 1968, upon the directives of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with the aim of collecting and documenting the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region. After 40 years, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued federal Law No. (7) of 2008 which renamed it as the National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR), and it was tasked with the missions of organizing the archives of government departments in the UAE. Lately the name of the center was amended again to the “National Archives” according to federal law No. (1) of 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.