How happy are Dubai pupils? We're about to find out

Five-year project to measure wellbeing of all middle school students in Dubai has come one step closer
By Staff writer
Wed 12 Jul 2017 02:09 PM

A five-year project to measure the wellbeing of all middle school students in Dubai has come one step closer to fruition with the completion of a trial involving 2,500 students from 19 schools.

The Student Wellbeing Census, run by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in partnership with the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) in South Australia, will include 70,000 students in Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 from every private school in Dubai when it is rolled out in November, reported state news agency WAM.

Census data will provide schools with an in-depth understanding of how students feel about their school life, home life, themselves and their relationships with others, it added.

The data will also provide insight into student attitudes towards their experiences in and out of school. This data will then enable school leaders to better design their schools’ wellbeing culture, and will allow policymakers to make evidence-based changes that have positive long-term impact on the education community.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of KHDA said: "Wellbeing will soon have as much importance as academics in fulfilling the purpose of education. With this trial, we have taken another step on our journey to seeing that purpose put into practice across all schools in Dubai."

Census questions have been fully adapted to Dubai’s education culture and will be offered in both English and Arabic.

The Student Wellbeing Census builds on the School of Hearts and Minds survey, which has been measuring student wellbeing in Dubai since 2014.

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