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Monday, 14 April 2014

Partnership : Varkey GEMS Foundation & UNICEF

Through the Varkey GEMS Foundation, GEMS schools are encouraged to support the UNICEF Schools for Asia initiative and make a direct impact on young people’s education, health and well-being in India, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Vietnam. This will be implemented through awareness and fundraising campaigns at school level throughout 2014.
The Varkey GEMS Foundation has made a commitment to the UNICEF Schools for Asia initiative by setting up an initial limited ‘Kick-start’ fund to support the GEMS schools in their fundraising. Funds collected in each of the GEMS Schools for their first event will be matched from a ‘Kick-start’ fund throughout the first month of the campaign.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

GEMS Partnerships

UNESCO GEMS Education has become the first private education company in the world to partner with UNESCO. GEMS Education and UNESCO have recently entered into a teacher training partnership agreement to raise the standards of teaching in the developing world. The Varkey GEMS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education, is also working with UNESCO to co-deliver leadership training to 10,000 Principals in India, Kenya and Ghana.UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  
CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE GEMS Education is the first kindergarten to grade 12 education provider in the world to become a partner of the Clinton Global Initiative. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.Clinton Global Initiative
  
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM GEMS Education has become the first kindergarten to grade 12 provider in the world to become a Global Growth Company ‘Partner’ as part of the World Economic Forum and is one of just 23 ‘Partner’ companies worldwide. According to the World Economic Forum: Global Growth Company ‘Partners’ are among the most influential and successful companies within their industries.World Economic Forum
  

Monday, 9 December 2013

Team GEMS _ JAY VARKEY

Jay Varkey, a member of the well known Varkey Family, has expertise in Business Development, with a focus in the GCC region.


Having achieved his M.A. Honors from the University of Edinburgh, he began his Business Development role on a global basis with GEMS Education. This allowed him to develop professional and beneficial relationships with clients and partners both globally and regionally.
His knowledge and background in social infrastructure, especially in the education and healthcare sectors, leaves him well placed to lead the group's development in this area.

Team GEMS _ DINO VARKEY

As Group Chief Operating Officer, Dino Varkey spearheads the strategic global business development of GEMS Education. He is the third generation of an education family that has been driven by providing access to quality education for over 53 years.
Dino Varkey is active in the on-going development of strategic relationships across a broad spectrum-government and regulatory, sector specialists and strategic business partners, to ensure that the organization's goals, continued leadership in the sector and aggressive growth targets are achieved globally.


An accomplished public speaker, he is responsible for providing vision, leadership and direction across all GEMS divisions and the growing international network of GEMS Schools.
He is responsible for risk management and assessing the sustainability of investments to ensure that projects meet all predetermined criteria and the organization’s long term development goals.
In a sector poised for tremendous regional and global growth, Dino Varkey is instrumental in shaping and sustaining an organizational culture, structure and vision that celebrates innovation and rewards performance among a highly motivated team of professionals.
"We are the thought leaders in the education sector; we have the responsibility of educating hundreds of thousands of children who will carry the fate of the world in their hands. We have the unique opportunity to effect change, to positively influence the lives of young people, a tremendous, yet exceptionally rewarding opportunity".
Dino Varkey is an Honors graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, a Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) member, and Education Co – chair of the YPO’s Dubai Chapter.

Friday, 6 December 2013

World class international school opening in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya - September 3, 2012: GEMS Cambridge International School, Nairobi’s newest international school offering world class educational and sporting facilities, opened its doors today.
The international school is set to be the region’s leading educational institution. The school is owned and operated by GEMS Education which has a global network of award winning schools.
Mr. Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education said, “This is an exciting day for GEMS because it marks our first entry into East Africa. We will harness the full range of educational resources across the GEMS global network to make this international school the very best school in Kenya because a quality education impacts not only the child receiving that education, but the child’s family and the broader community”.


The Founding Principal of GEMS Cambridge International School, Jill Roberts said, “Our curriculum stresses the importance of both a local and a global perspective. In today’s world, we need to look to the future and prepare our students for life, empowering them to become independent, responsible, self-confident and resilient. I believe in developing strong values and a sense of integrity and pride. I believe in fostering a caring, disciplined and happy learning environment. High expectations and top quality teaching and learning, plus a wide range of extra-curricular activities, lead to academic excellence and a fulfilled child. I don’t just want our students to reach their potential, but to exceed it!”
The school will prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations of the University of Cambridge (UK). Additionally the school will offer Edexcel BTEC Level 2 and 3 qualifications in a range of vocational subjects.
All activities will be underpinned by the GEMS Core Values which are World Citizenship, Universal Values, Leadership and Forward Thinking. These core values reinforce the importance our school places on an international outlook and respect for different cultures across the world and pervades all aspects of the Academy’s daily life and ethos.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Four GEMS students top the world in international award


In an outstanding display of academic excellence, four GEMS school students from the United Arab Emirates out-performed thousands of candidates worldwide.From the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the awards recognise the outstanding academic achievements of secondary school students across the world in different regions.
In the U.A.E the awards for the June 2011 Cambridge examinations (Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS Level and Cambridge International A Level) are known as the H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 – 16 year olds.GEMS students received a total of 30 Outstanding Learner awards which is a third of all award winners in the U.A.E. GEMS students topped the U.A.E in 13 examination subjects.
 “Since its launch 10 years ago here in the UAE, GEMS students have been recognised in the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.