The Cultural Program .. A Window the National Archives Opens for Foreign Teachers on Emirati values

The Cultural Program .. A Window the National Archives Opens for Foreign Teachers on Emirati values

The Cultural Program .. A Window the National Archives Opens for Foreign Teachers on Emirati values

The National Archives intends to organize a cultural program on the history of the UAE and its culture to the foreign teachers in private schools under the jurisdiction of Abu Dhabi Education Council in mid-August, the program aims at briefing the participants about the main attracting factors in the UAE society. This program comes in the course of a number of educational events and great efforts through which the National Archives seeks to deliver its patriotic message to the various segments of society in order to consolidate the identity of the nation, promote loyalty and support belonging to it. More than 4500 teachers have participated in previous sessions of this program.
Over the past three years, the National Archives used to organize this cultural program in English and the schools are keen to participate with their educational cadres of the various foreign curricula: American, French, British, Japanese, Indian, Russian, Pakistani, etc. ... due to the significant results of this program which are reflected on teachers through introducing them to the characteristics of the UAE society and its qualities, customs and traditions, and its key noble national values, as this society is known for tolerance and coexistence among the different nationalities residing in it, which attracts a large number of expatriates from most countries of the world; and this helps the foreign teachers in dealing with and understanding their students. All the participants in the previous sessions praised this cultural educational program, considering it as a means to acquaint them with the UAE culture and the values of its citizens.
The cultural program lecture discussed the law issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan against all forms of discrimination and hatred, the program indicates that this law establishes the UAE's firm approach in respecting all other religions and cultures, and promoting the principles of tolerance and equality, it is a humanitarian message from the UAE to the whole world that ensures everyone's right to live in peace, safety and security. The law is a true reflection of the UAE's approach in equality among people regardless of their race, religion, or color, such culture was established since the early stage of the UAE, which provided a unique model for peaceful co-existence among the various races and cultures.
Besides the cultural lecture, the program also includes a tour in the National Archives; where participants visit Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall to be acquainted with various aspects of the UAE history through historical documents presented in treaties, correspondence, photos, historical maps, heritage artefacts, and documents, which give information on the stages of the establishment the Union. The documents in the hall are samples of the National Archives' treasures of important historical documents. The participants watched a historical 3D documentary film on the history of the United Arab Emirates and its bright present at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Virtual Reality Theatre, and they also visit the National Archives' Emirates Library and the printing press unit.
This cultural program reinforces communication ties between teachers, students and parents, and seeks to enhance and support the curriculum. It also intended to promote students’ patriotism and their positive interaction in the educational process; it aims at acquainting new teachers with the various aspects of the UAE's history, heritage and social characteristics, and reveals the best ways to approach students through their ancestral customs, traditions and glorious history.
It is noteworthy that the National Archives' specialized Experts are the ones who deliver these specialized lectures as part of its cultural program addressing foreign teachers, among the most prominent of these lectures are: “the UAE, a Distinctive Cultural Experience .. the Happiest People in the World,” and others. The first part of the lecture, which comes at the core of the program, includes important details of the Emirati culture supported by examples and evidences, while the second part gives the chance for discussion and replying to all participants’ inquiries. The National Archives makes sure that this important cultural program coincides with the beginning of the school year in order to bridge the gap between the new teachers and the UAE's cultural and heritage environment.