Dubai Schools Share Happiness With The World

The whole world is now privy to how the education sector in the United Arab Emirates is going from strength to strength.

A delegation of more than 25 teachers and principals from Dubai’s private schools has shared Dubai’s vision of positive education and wellbeing at the first Festival of Positive Education in Dallas, USA.

Key players from Dubai’s education field, including principals, presented a workshop to an audience of policy-makers and educators from around the world.

The workshop was based on “What Works, a collaborative series of events that have transformed Dubai’s education culture and brought educators together to share positive practice.

Participants of the festival learned about the importance of wellbeing, the continuing improvement of education in Dubai, and how to run “What Works” in their own communities.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said positive education in Dubai focuses on bringing the best out of students, teachers, school leaders and parents.

“This festival gives us the opportunity to share Dubai’s happiness with the world, and to learn more about the positive education trends that will enable us to be even happier in future.”

Dr. Ashok Kumar, CEO of Indian High School, and “What Works” content advisor attended this year’s event.

“We’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that “What Works” has had on our schools sector. It’s wonderful to work together with colleagues at other Dubai schools to present “What Works and Dubai to an international audience.”

During the Festival, a panel of Dubai educators joined Dr Al Karam and Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine to share how Dubai’s education community – including government, principals, teachers and parents – come together to bring out the best out of each child and give students the ‘survival skills’ they need to lead happy and productive lives.

“What Works” is a series of collaborative events that bring together Dubai’s teachers, students, community partners and international speakers to share the best of what they do and to bring about positive change in education. Since “What Works” began in 2012, more than 12,000 teachers and principals across Dubai have attended 600 sessions at 24 “What Works” events, joined by more than 800 students and 400 community partners.

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