UNICEF Schools for Asia

Transforming lives through education

gems education UNICEF schools for Asia

In 2014 the Varkey Foundation partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Schools for Asia Initiative throughout 2014. The UNICEF Schools for Asia initiative builds on the success of Schools for Africa and aims to give children the best start in life.

This is accomplished through sound teaching and learning materials, safe and clean school facilities, well-designed curricula that include life skills education on health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation and HIV prevention, and trained teachers that provide empowering education and create environments where girls and boys are treated equally and are able to be the best that they can.

Schools for Good

The Varkey Foundation made a commitment to the UNICEF Schools for Asia Initiative by setting up an initial ‘kick-start’ fund to support the participating GEMS schools in their fundraising for the initiative and they matched the donations raised. 

Through fundraising and awareness activities for the initiative, 23 GEMS schools were able to help improve the education, health and well-being of the most vulnerable children in Asia.