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As part of Take A Breath, an in-depth study will be conducted in 10 schools in  the UAE within the current academic year (2023-2024). The purpose of the study is to first collect data on the indoor air quality in schools prior and post solutions implementation within classrooms of primary years and to then create a benchmark from the findings to inform best practices. 

WHY SCHOOLSLooking at youth and the environment that fosters their learning is key to building the resilience of current but also future generations: representing both intragenerational and intergenerational equity. 

Children are particularly vulnerable to the long-term health effects of indoor air pollutants because their bodies are still developing. According to the American Lung Association, children breathe in 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults, making them more susceptible to pollutants. Exposure to pollutants during childhood can lead to health problems later in life. 

Educational institutions thus have an ethical responsibility to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. Monitoring and addressing indoor air quality concerns can support the achievement of this responsibility and help foster resilience. 

According to research conducted by Philips Foundation and the University of Manchester, decreasing indoor air pollution levels by 20% can improve working memory by 6%, which represents four weeks’ learning time per year, showing that small actions can go a long way!

Moreso, schools play a pivotal role in educating the next generation about environmental issues. Testing indoor air quality and showcasing solutions to address the issue provides an opportunity to teach students about the importance of air quality, pollution, and sustainable practices.

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