Every school ‘needs dog as stress-buster’

The University of Buckingham vice-chancellor Sir Anthony has been a longstanding advocate of the need for schools and universities to pay much more attention to mental health. His view is “that it was no longer possible for schools to focus solely on academic achievement without thinking about the emotional wellbeing of pupils.”

Sir Anthony suggested another more low-tech approach to reducing anxiety – the soothing presence of animals such as dogs. “The quickest and biggest hit that we can make to improve mental health in our schools and to make them feel safe for children, is to have at least one dog in every single school in the country,” said Sir Anthony.

So what do you think? Should Hong Kong schools be getting a school dog?

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