GESS Dubai educators say schools must focus on wellbeing

GESS Dubai educators say schools must focus on wellbeing

Schools should place a stronger emphasis on student wellbeing programs because half of all mental health disorders begin before the age of 14, but the majority of instances go undiagnosed and untreated.

During his talk titled “Future of Wellbeing” at the ongoing GESS Dubai 2021 conference and expo at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Mark Samways, Director of Wellbeing at The Free Spirit Collective, made this comment.

“I believe we need to place a larger emphasis on wellbeing and implement an integrated system that makes it a part of their daily lives and culture.” It’s an explicit curriculum where we teach about wellbeing and the science of wellbeing, as well as implicitly throughout the school in our everyday interactions and how our community works, ensuring that we’re involving students and having their voices heard, involving parents to ensure that they’re educated in the science of wellbeing, and then they can continue that journey at home, having those conversations with their children and trying to protect them as they grow.

COVID-19’s unparalleled interruption of teaching has accelerated school-wide knowledge of mental health issues. Education systems are striving to re-engage students and promote the well-being of millions of teenagers.

Meanwhile, Rachael Pryce, the founder of EducationYalla, discussed the skills gap in the labor market, which presents an opportunity for many stakeholders, including the education sector, to collaborate in identifying lacking skills and enabling young people to acquire them.

During her presentation, Pryce stated that over 70% of CEOs believe their current staff lacks the necessary capabilities to change. More over 40% of employees, on the other hand, claimed they are likely to leave their current positions because they are not learning enough.

She stated, citing Udemy’s most recent poll, that there is a growing awareness of the skills gap, which continues to widen over time as technology advances and companies require new talents.

According to the conclusions of the survey, more than 70% of employees worldwide believe that skills are changing at such a rapid pace that our current talents are becoming obsolete. It also indicated that over 65% of respondents believe that a college education does not provide them with the skills they need to be successful at work.

On the final day of GESS Dubai, school leaders and teachers will have a few more opportunities to hear from renowned local and worldwide education professionals. Revathi Srinivasan, Director of the Singhania Group of Schools, will speak about Education 4.0 – The Future of Learning, while Abdullah Zakariya, Head of Department, Kuwait Ministry of Education, will speak about Educational Games – for a more enjoyable manner of teaching.

Following the conclusion of COP26, Matthew Benjamin, CEO and Founder of Kapes, will lead conversations on being carbon neutral, particularly for schools.

“We continue to receive positive feedback about our conference agenda, but we’re also thrilled that visitors are coming to see a variety of products and solutions from more than 400 companies showcasing their products and solutions on the exhibition floor,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director Tarsus, which organizes GESS Dubai in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education.