Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) equips our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.
At GEMS Education, our responsibility to the planet lies not only in our practices on a business, school, and individual level, but also in the education we provide. ESD is essential in empowering the next generation to be eco-conscious, self-sufficient global citizens, who understand the urgency of environmental responsibility. There may not be a universal consensus on the ‘correct’ pedagogical approach to facilitate ESD in the classroom, but our schools agree that the best way to do so is by shifting toward teaching-learning methods that are collaborative, experiential, and inquiry-driven. The aim of this approach is to motivate and empower the learner to effect positive change.
"Do Better" - GEMS Student Climate Change Survey
Close to two thirds of young people feel that not enough is being done to combat climate change, one in two lack confidence that the world will be able to stop climate change, and less than half feel a sense of optimism about the future:
CEO Message - World Education Summit
Hear from the people involved:
Ranjani Ramnath SharmGEMS Legacy School, Dubai
"GGA to me is the humanitarian movement fueled by the concept of "ability" in sustainable practices, that values what we possess and what we give back. In addition to awareness, we have attained the pinnacle of action in order to achieve this equilibrium that we bring to planet earth."
Amarnath SreevalsanGEMS Our Own English – Boys’ – Sharjah
"Let’s go green to make this earth a sustainable place to live.”
Annamma LucyGEMS Our Own English – Boys’ – Sharjah
GEMS Global Ambassadors are here to spread smiles working hand in hand with you.”
Hiba HabeebullaTeacher Ambassador, GEMS Winchester School, Dubai
"The GGA has not only created opportunities for students to interact with their wider community, but has built a strong hope of oneness to sustain any challenge that come may." #leavenoonebehind #togetherwecan
Niharika ArvindStudent Ambassador, GEMS Winchester School, Dubai
"Every action taken by the UN is centred around one idea: ‘leave no one behind’. The GGA Society has wonderfully modelled this idea and inspires us to do the same. "
Nathalie Boyer-CastleGEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis
"GGA allows us to come together with like-minded and passionate people with the same vision and aims; we all want to empower each other, our students and school communities to take action to improve our sustainable practices and show the world how challenging ourselves through collaboration, not competition, can drive the changes we need to see in the world”
GEMS Students on Sustainability
Green Growth Statistics are our way of measuring our success in decreasing our footprint on the planet. We have deployed the latest technology to monitor our impact and give us detailed insights into the exact areas where we need to improve.
At GEMS Education, climate literacy is not only well-embedded in our curricula, but also an integral part of them. We pride ourselves on having a United Nations-Accredited Climate Change Teacher in every classroom, thus making GEMS the world’s first certified climate change teaching-learning educational group.
Every year we organise a host of meaningful sustainability-related initiatives across our network of schools. The GEMS Global Ambassadors’ Society (GGA) is a society of teachers and students responsible for spreading awareness and implementing these initiatives to assist GEMS and other schools in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).
We attend and organise a number of sustainability events each year. These include local and international conferences and events; all helping to spread awareness and assist in combatting climate change.
Close to two thirds of young people feel that not enough is being done to combat climate change, one in two lack confidence that the world will be able to stop climate change, and less than half feel a sense of optimism about the future.