Dubai School Opens UAE’s First Mindfulness Room
Dubai, 23 February 2017 – Greenfield Community School (GCS), a Taaleem school, launched the region’s first Mindfulness and Well-Being Room earlier this year. The Grand Opening ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the UAE’s Minister of Happiness and Dr. Abdullah al Karam, Chairman of the KHDA. The distinguished guests witnessed firsthand how the Mindfulness Room helps empower students mentally and emotionally by focusing on all things positive.
Designed and developed by Rola Ghadban – Mindfulness and Well-being Coordinator at GCS, GCS’s Mindfulness Room is more than just a relaxing environment for students to escape to; it also contains smart tablets with guided meditation routines, a Gratitude Tree for students to display what they are thankful for, a sensory room with a range of stimuli to engage the senses, and a positive affirmation wall.
Rola Ghadban, the Mastermind behind the project said, “Practicing mindfulness has profound impacts on children’s health and overall well-being. In my classrooms, I have seen how a daily mindfulness practice can help our students’ mental clarity, emotional intelligence, focus, and overall happiness. My goal is to transcend the power of this life skill into an innovative space, accessible to all.”
From his side, Andy Wood, Principal, GCS, said, “At Greenfield Community School we provide a balanced education, one that acknowledges that academic success is built on a foundation of happiness, well-being and sound values. This room is an expression of that sense of balance and the need for perspective and calm in a busy world. We also plan to launch our second Mindfulness room later this month at the Secondary School premises. It isn’t enough that our students be knowledgeable, we also want them to be well-rounded and happy individuals.”
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Greenfield Community School, located in Green Community/DIP, Dubai, UAE, is one of only a handful of schools worldwide offering all four International Baccalaureate Programmes: from the Primary Years Programme (PYP), through to the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to the culminating Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB’s Career-related Certificate (IBCC).,