Areas of collaboration between education and health chiefs include encouraging schools to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) have signed an agreement to help implement a new Dubai school health policy.
DHA has developed the five-year policy after extensive consultation with stakeholders with an aim to create a safe, healthy and motivating school environment for pupils.
The agreement with KHDA will support the implementation of the policy, including screenings and school health clinics.
KHDA will cooperate with the DHA to implement the policy across private schools in Dubai. Some of the areas of collaboration include encouraging schools to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week.
DHA will train healthcare professionals on its comprehensive screening programme that includes vision, dental, obesity and mental health screening and will also train school health professionals and academicians on early detection of children with developmental and behavioural issues.
Health chiefs will also collaborate with KHDA to ensure that all schools in Dubai follow the same standards for health clinic set up.
Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of the DHA, said: “We are keen to provide our community with the highest level of quality health services. School health is undoubtedly an important focus. We recently launched the Dubai School Health Policy... it will lay the foundation for schools to adhere to certain standards to ensure physical, emotional, social and psychological well-being of school children.”
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, chairman and director general of KHDA in Dubai added: "The well-being and happiness of our students and the adoption of healthy lifestyles are a priority for our staff. We will continue to work with our colleagues at DHA to support our stakeholders – schools, universities, students, parents, educators and investors – to reach our common goals, and to improve the happiness of our students and our community to achieve the future objectives of the emirate of Dubai."