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84% Dubai students feel happy at school
By a Staff Reporter February 11, 2018
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DUBAI: Students who stay in Dubai longer reported higher levels of happiness, according to new data revealed by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Additionally, eight out of 10 students (84 per cent) in Dubai’s private schools reported high levels of happiness. The census covered almost 65,000 students from Grades 6 to 9 (Years 7 to 10) across 168 schools in Dubai. The census was run by Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai in partnership with the Government of South Australia.

Director General of KHDA Dr Abdulla Al Karam said, “The census results are a milestone for the education sector because we now have a baseline that tells us how our students are doing when it comes to their wellbeing. Eighty-four per cent of children at school say they’re happy most of the time and this is really good news.”

Relationships are a key driver of student wellbeing and happiness. Students in younger grades reported higher levels of happiness and felt more connected to adults at school and at home. The census findings were announced to school leaders and wellbeing practitioners at an event in Al Jalila Cultural Center for Children.

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