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Dubai survey to gauge Covid-19 impact on wellbeing of students, teachers Filed on November 2, 2020
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Students from Grade 6 to 12, along with 20,000 school staff, will be taking part in this year's census.

Around 100,000 students across Dubai’s private schools are expected to take part in this year’s wellbeing census of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Rolled out for the fourth consecutive year, the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census and the Adults@School Wellbeing Survey include new questions about Covid-19 and its impact on one’s emotional and psychological health.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, chairman of the Board of Directors and director-general of KHDA, said: “We’ve always said that wellbeing-based education prepares students not for a life of tests, but for the tests of life. This year, life has thrown us one of the biggest tests we’ve ever faced. What has helped us to work through this test was not our academic performance, but our resilience, our optimism, and our relationships with others.

“Wellbeing has always been important, but in these past few months, we’ve realised just how important it really is.”

Grade 6 to Grade 12 students — along with around 20,000 school staff — will be answering questions on topics related to their relationships in school and at home; their engagement with teaching and learning; and their feelings about the future.

“This year’s census and survey are especially important because they’ll give students and school staff the time and space to think deeply about their own wellbeing, and they’ll provide every school with the data it needs to continue to improve the wellbeing of its community,” Al Karam said.

“We hope that schools will encourage their staff to take part in the survey, and that parents will encourage their children to talk about the census and wellbeing in general.”

The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census is a five-year project conducted with the Department for Education in South Australia. The Adults@School Wellbeing Survey, held with the support of the Wellbeing Lab, helps schoolteachers and staff better understand and improve their own wellbeing.

Each adult who completes the survey receives their own confidential in-depth report. The census and the survey are open to students and staff, including those studying through distance, blended and face-to-face learning.

This year’s census and survey started on Sunday and will run until November 30.

Staff Reporter

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