GEMS Core Values
We know academic performance is important because academic qualifications are the passport to accessing a good university but we believe a values-based education is of equal importance. GEMS values-driven education is expressed through our four core values which are woven into every curricula offered by GEMS Schools and are at the core of our DNA. They are not symbolic, we live and breathe them. They are: World Citizenship, Universal Values, Leadership and Forward Thinking. Through our values we encourage independent learning, empowering students to take on responsibility. Students learn to celebrate diversity in a spirit of understanding and tolerance and develop a positive regard and awareness of other people.
Through our partnership with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, we engage students of different faiths in a meaningful dialogue that is designed to encourage young people to recognize the similarities between faiths and more importantly to respect and deal with the differences between diverse and sometimes conflicting worldviews. By learning about those of differing social, cultural and religious perspectives, young people build their awareness of the role of faith in their lives and in the lives of others.
We also teach children about basic human values such as honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality and respect in order that they become morally responsible, self-disciplined global citizens.
Through our values our students become confident, tolerant, resilient people of integrity, capable of both leadership and compassion. Through our CSR initiatives, GEMS students also develop a social conscience. We believe in giving. Students learn the real meaning of compassion. They are taught the values and responsibilities needed to become active members of the community, something which the modern world is desperate for.
They are involved in charitable activities and participate in a number of programs that serve not only the local community but also the wider international community in a variety of student-led events. We are proud to say that over the past 50 years, our students, teaching staff and corporate staff have raised over $US 40 million for charities around the world. The Varkey GEMS Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization and is the philanthropic arm of all our schools. Former US President, Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chairman of the Foundation. Its aim is to impact one hundred children for every single child enrolled at a GEMS school throughout the world, with the aim of impacting the lives of millions of children globally.
Empowering Students with a Global and Local Perspective
Accepting that We are All Different, Recognising that We are All the Same
Developing each student’s individuality and entrepreneurial spirit in order to discover their potential
We encourage students to explore and question, to seek solutions, to make informed decisions and solve problems, to demonstrate tenacity and to express themselves confidently.
GEMS aims to develop each student’s potential and we offer extensive opportunities for students to assume leadership roles. We promote the mindset and skills that equip individuals for entrepreneurship. We look to find the strengths in every individual and we encourage every student to aspire to be the best they can be in their own, special areas of excellence.
Developing Skills for the Future
Our values are woven into every school program and are expressed through a multitude of activities which are designed to hone individual talents, grow skills and aspirations.
Our students are involved in a number of activities which are related to core values: