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GEMS EDUCATION LAUNCHES ‘GEMS LINK’ TO ENHANCE INCLUSION PROVISION IN SCHOOLS

Nov 24,2021
  • New initiative gives students access to high-quality, DHA-licensed therapists
  • Enhanced provision includes speech and language, and occupational therapy
  • Programme initially rolled out across four GEMS schools with more to come

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: GEMS Education has placed equality and opportunity for all at the centre of its latest offering, ‘GEMS Link’ – an innovative programme that enhances the inclusion provision at schools by providing caring, holistic and multidisciplinary services to children and adolescents who may be experiencing developmental delays.

 

Through GEMS Link, students gain access to a dedicated, high-quality, DHA-licensed team of therapists who provide speech and language therapy as well as occupational therapy. All therapies, available to GEMS families at significantly reduced cost, take place on the school premises to ensure children receive support in a familiar, trusted environment.

 

Launched in response to the need to end stigmas and promote the rights of students with additional needs, the programme provides quality therapeutic support systems for families while at the same time ensuring the skills of educators continue to expand in support of the young people in their care.

 

Philip Thompson, Head of Inclusion at GEMS Education, said: “We are committed to providing our students with the right support at the right time. Our new GEMS Link services are designed to give students the specialist support they need to be successful in their learning journey. In providing an on-site multidisciplinary team, delivering holistic embedded assessment, observation and review programmes linked to the curriculum, we aim to ensure students have access to the most effective strategies that prepare them for adulthood.”

 

The GEMS Link team works collaboratively with each child’s team of educators and parents to ensure the provision of personalised, meaningful and sought-after interventions that support the holistic development of the child. By making these services available at school, teachers gain a greater depth of understanding of the child as well as new skills to provide them with enhanced support.

 

GEMS Link will initially be rolled out across four GEMS schools: GEMS Founders School – Dubai, GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar, GEMS Cambridge International School – Dubai, and GEMS Metropole School – Motor City.

 

Matthew Burfield, who oversees these four schools in his capacity as Vice President – Education at GEMS Education and Principal/CEO of GEMS Founders School – Dubai, said: “Inclusion has always been incredibly close to my heart as a teacher and a school leader. I have the honour and privilege of leading a large, diverse cluster of seven schools across the UAE, whose leaders all share this same sentiment. This fantastic initiative will bring the services that our most vulnerable children need closer to our schools and in turn our children. This is an incredibly exciting programme that will, I am sure, soon spread to the rest of the schools in Dubai and beyond.”

 

Speech and language therapy supports children and adolescents with their speech, language and communication needs using holistic assessment, observation and evidence-based individualised intervention programmes. These programmes may have focused areas on speech sounds, fluency, oral motor skill development, AAC and social communication.

 

Occupational therapy, meanwhile, develops and enhances a child’s motor, sensory, behavioural, cognitive and social skills. Interventions are age appropriate and multidisciplinary, the primary goal being to enable children to participate in everyday activities.

 

Nav Iqbal, Principal/CEO, GEMS Metropole School – Motor City, said: “Parents and their children who require access to the services provided through the GEMS Link programme will no longer need to have to drive long distances or pay high fees for such services. It is our duty as an education provider to offer services that benefit and build on our school’s capacity, to enhance its ability to meet the needs of diverse student populations and with greater access and quality for our most vulnerable students.”

 

Akram Tarik, Principal/CEO of GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar, said: “The GEMS Link programme will not only benefit our children’s communication and understanding of language, but it will also play a crucial role in developing our children’s readiness for life and their ability to realise their potential. The collaboration between the four GEMS Link schools, our children, their families and the additional education professionals will help us to further develop personalised strategies to meet every child’s individual needs.”

 

The GEMS Link services are a positive step towards further enhancing inclusion across schools and will benefit hundreds of students who require therapy.

GEMS students past and present can register at:

http://alumni.gemseducation.com/

Alternatively, they can download the GEMS Alumni app from:
Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gems.alumni
iOS:https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gems-alumni/id1496962338?ls=1

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Sheeba Jojo

Graduated from GEMS - 1989

From GEMS student to Vice Principal - at the same school

Sheeba Jojo graduated from GEMS Our Own English High School, Dubai (OOD) in 1989, when it still occupied its original campus in Oud Metha. Sheeba earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Language followed by a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature in India. After completing her B.Ed., she joined GEMS Our Own Indian School, formerly known as Varkey International Private school as a teacher, and went on to teach at various institutions in Dubai and India. Sheeba then completed a Master’s programme in Education from Murdoch University in 2019. Today, Sheeba is back at ODD working as Vice Principal while at the same time pursuing a PhD in e-Learning Methodologies from Assumption University, Thailand. “I don’t think many are fortunate to be given an opportunity to come full circle and serve their alma mater in a different role. I’m thrilled to be back at my old school,” she says. Sheeba encourages her fellow alumni to join the network: “GEMS alumni are brand ambassadors with a large pool of expertise across different industries and roles; they can contribute to each other’s growth as well as that of the institution. It’s pertinent that GEMS has set out to build a strong network of alumni; one that steers meaningful change across the globe. It is the best support system that anybody can wish for. Through the power of technology and its potential to bring people together, GEMS alumni can draw on each other’s expertise across the globe to make an impact.

After completing her B.Ed., she joined GEMS Our Own Indian School, formerly known as Varkey International Private school as a teacher, and went on to teach at various institutions in Dubai and India. Sheeba then completed a Master’s programme in Education from Murdoch University in 2019

Today, Sheeba is back at ODD working as Vice Principal while at the same time pursuing a PhD in e-Learning Methodologies from Assumption University, Thailand. I dont think many are fortunate to be given an opportunity to come full circle and serve their alma mater in a different role. I’m thrilled to be back at my old school she says.

Sheeba encourages her fellow alumni to join the network: “GEMS alumni are brand ambassadors with a large pool of expertise across different industries and roles; they can contribute to each other’s growth as well as that of the institution. It’s pertinent that GEMS has set out to build a strong network of alumni; one that steers meaningful change across the globe. It is the best support system that anybody can wish for. Through the power of technology and its potential to bring people together, GEMS alumni can draw on each other’s expertise across the globe to make an impact.

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