Community First: How did Dubai’s Schools Find a Way Forward During the Pandemic?


The lessons learned so far by Dubai’s teachers and school leaders during the pandemic have been detailed in a new report released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Designed to be used as a reference, the report sets out what worked well for teachers, parents and students during the period of distance learning, what could have worked better, and makes recommendations for further innovations.

Fatma Belrehif, CEO of Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau at KHDA said: “The education community learned a great deal in its response to the challenges presented by the pandemic, especially in areas of student and staff wellbeing; the provision of distance and blended learning; and the key role of educators working from home and school. This report applies these lessons to how we could experience teaching and learning in the future.”

According to new data released in the report, 61% of parents said they were much more involved with their child’s education during the pandemic. Nine out of 10 parents (90%) were also very satisfied with the handling of the pandemic by schools, KHDA and government entities. 

The report also shed light on key initiatives rolled out to support parents, teachers and students during the distance learning period including #InThisTogetherDubai, WhatWorksX and positive parenting workshops.

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Fatma Belrehif,
CEO of Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau at KHDA