Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 15 July 2020

Picture essay: children in Dubai and Abu Dubai express how much they miss their teachers with adorable messages

As pupils prepare to break for summer, they share messages for their favourite teachers with 'The National'

Schools in the UAE closed in early March because of the coronavirus pandemic and, since then, pupils and teachers have been navigating the brave new world of online learning.

While it has been announced that the country's schools will reopen on Sunday, August 30, children have been missing face-to-face time with staff and their friends.

So The National's photographers Christopher Whiteoak and Victor Besa visited 18 children from different schools around Abu Dhabi and Dubai, snapping the messages they have for their favourite teachers.

"I miss going to school every day and being in a classroom," said Halle, 10, who attends Dwight School in Dubai. "I am grateful for all the help the teachers have given us online, especially Mr Makin, my homeroom teacher, who makes us all smile every day."

Spanish-Palestinian pupil Jorge, 9, said thanks to Mr Benn from Abu Dhabi's Amity International School. "You are the best teacher I've ever had," he said. "Thanks for everything."

Meanwhile, Sophie Caunin, 6, thanked Mr James Gorman at GEMS Cambridge International School in the capital. "Thank you, Mr James, for all the learnings that you have taught me during this amazing Year 2. For always helping me whenever I am struggling in my schoolwork and making us all laugh every day.

"I will surely miss you when I go to Year 3 in September. I will definitely visit you in your class when everything is back to normal."

Take a look through the photo gallery above to see all of the pupils' messages for their teachers.

Updated: June 23, 2020 12:06 PM

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