GEMS Education

VISION

To be the world’s leading provider of quality education enriching the lives of millions of children, and the communities in which they live.

THE GEMS STORY - To Teach, Share and Give Back

To Teach
From a pioneering beginning, innovation has been the driving force in everything that we do. In 1959, KS Varkey and Mariama Varkey, a teacher, arrived in Dubai to a burgeoning trading centre on the Arabian Gulf.  The Varkey family had left life in Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family in Dubai. What they saw was the real need for schooling to serve new workers arriving in the city from around the world. In 1968, the Varkey family opened Our Own English High School, offering an Indian-based school curriculum to an underserved community.

Their son, Sunny Varkey, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioners’ experience and built the GEMS organization that exists today.

From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education is today an international company advancing education for all - with students of all ages, from over 150 nationalities offering six different curricula and stretching across 19 countries - from the Middle East, North America and Europe to Asia and Africa.

Every day, in our schools around the world, we prepare thousands of children for real world success. We pursue educational excellence and promote social, cultural and cognitive diversity. We support our parents to develop their child holistically - with values and skills that will allow them to thrive in the real world.

To Share
GEMS Education Solutions builds partnerships with governments, donor agencies and private clients to raise educational standards and outcomes.  Our consultants and educators provide expertise, experience and insight to municipalities and countries so that their people can meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy. From school lessons and classrooms in the Middle East and Africa to large-scale implementation programmes in the Asia, GEMS Education Solutions continues to transform global education and skills training.

To Give Back
In 2010, our non-profit Varkey GEMS Foundation was established to campaign and support initiatives that change lives through education. Through creative cooperation with partners, charities and local communities we support teachers, encourage enrolment in schools, provide scholarships, and build new classrooms. For every child enrolled in a GEMS school we aim to impact the lives of 100 others.  

The Varkey GEMS Foundation is proud to have a particular focus on the skills, knowledge and status of teachers around the world. With partners like UNESCO we have provided grants for teacher training in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, and India,, and run our own low cost high impact teacher training program in Uganda. The Varkey GEMS Foundation also publishes the Global Teacher Status Index, which charts the status of teachers in both developed and emerging countries in order to spark a long overdue debate about the professional status of teachers in society.

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