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Dubai Schools Gear up for Wellbeing Census

by Eddie Rayner

Dubai’s private school students will share insights about their wellbeing and happiness in the fifth annual edition of the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census. Starting this week, more than 100,000 students and over 20,000 school staff will participate in the census run by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

As the world’s largest cross-cultural study of student wellbeing, the Census touches on topics related to relationships at school and at home, student engagement with teaching and learning, and their feelings about the future.


More than 100,000 students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 will participate in the fifth edition of the census


Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, said: “This year represents a milestone for student wellbeing in Dubai. The fifth year of the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census will give school leaders reliable data that will help them make changes to teaching and learning that have a meaningful impact on wellbeing. The fourth year of the [email protected] Wellbeing Census will continue to give school staff the insights they need to improve their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of all adults at their school. With the help of educators and parents, we’re creating a culture that measures and defines success well beyond academic performance, and that prepares students to thrive in the world of the future.”


The wellbeing census measures quality of life, happiness, relationships with friends and teachers, physical health and lifestyle among other areas


Last year’s Census showed students in Dubai were getting more sleep, having breakfast more regularly, and enjoying closer relationships with their teachers.

The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census is a five-year project. The [email protected] Wellbeing Survey helps school teachers and staff better understand and improve their wellbeing.

Data collection for this year’s census and survey will start from November 1. For more information about the census, visit www.khda.gov.ae/en/dswc

What is the Wellbeing Census?

The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census measures how students in Dubai’s private schools feel and think about their own wellbeing. It helps schools to improve student wellbeing and supports Dubai’s vision to be among the five happiest cities in the world.