Dubai’s education during the pandemic

A new video series has been released showing how Dubai schools came together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring parents, pupils, teachers and government officials, the film offers a rare insight into how different members of society reacted to the outbreak, and how they came together to ensure the continuity of children’s education.

Dr Abdullah Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “Our education community has experienced a lot in a short time. We made this documentary to give teachers, leaders, parents and students an opportunity to tell their stories and celebrate the commitment shown by members of Dubai’s education community to ensure everyone’s well-being as well as the preservation of the sector. This documentary gives us an opportunity to reflect on an event that has undoubtedly brought us closer together and made us stronger.”

The 20-minute documentary recounts the events from when the first cases of COVID-19 were reported and countries around the world began to move into isolation mode.

Through the testimonies of parents, pupils and teachers, the documentary looks at how public schools in Dubai were first introduced to distance learning. KHDA team members also recall how Dubai residents and businesses supported each other in the early days of the pandemic. At the time, KHDA received more than 2,000 emails and phone calls, as well as more than 12,000 social media posts.

As the school sector moved from one school year to the next, the film provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on how health and safety protocols for schools were developed with other Dubai government teams.The documentary concludes with a look at how the pandemic has changed expectations of education in Dubai and what the future of education in Dubai might look like.

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