Dubai Student Wellbeing Census


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Together with Dubai schools, KHDA is working to support and improve the wellbeing of students.

In 2017, KHDA partnered with the Government of South Australia to conduct the first ever ‘Dubai Student Wellbeing Census’ (DSWC) for all students in Grades 6 to 9 (Years 7 to 10). In 2018, the Census was extended to students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 (Years 11, 12 and 13) after feedback from participating schools.

On October 31, 2021, we begin the fifth and final year of the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census (DSWC), which will run until November 30, 2021, giving us a total of five years of comprehensive student wellbeing data. This fifth year is a celebration of the journey schools have taken to learn more about their students’ wellbeing. We’re excited to see how this greater understanding of wellbeing reflects in future programmes and services.

The focus on happiness and wellbeing is supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who indicates that:

“We will seek to create a society where our people’s happiness is paramount, by sustaining an environment in which they can truly flourish.”

The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census is a five-year project to find out how students feel and think about their own wellbeing, happiness, quality of life and engagement. The Census is not a test and there are no right or wrong answers. The answers to each student’s questions are kept confidential and the results are not used to identify individuals.

To view the latest material related to the Census, please click on the attachments beside this page.

For more information please email

  2020 DSWC (Fourth Year)  
  2019 DSWC (Third Year)  
  2018 DSWC (Second Year)  
  2017 DSWC (First Year)  

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