Values-led Education

What’s an education if it doesn’t teach fundamental human values? Values that, in the words of GEMS Founder Sunny Varkey, “will guide students through life”, allowing them to live happy, fulfilling and meaningful lives and have a positive impact on society and the world.

At GEMS, we believe strongly in a values-led education. We think it’s an essential part of preparing our students for life both in school and beyond it, which is why we’re always looking to give them opportunities to grow and develop their personal and interpersonal qualities.

What do we mean when we talk of values? That’s easy. It’s everything that’s good in the world – the qualities of kindness, respect, empathy, helpfulness and compassion. Not only towards immediate family and friends, but also to the wider community.

As individual schools, as a family of schools and as an organisation, we are led by our GEMS Core Values of Care, Excellence, One Team, and Always Learning. These are at the heart of everything we do and what unite us in a common cause. For our students, these same Core Values have equal meaning, grounding their education, guiding their learning and uniting each student with their peers.

Our values, as an organisation and a family of like-minded educators, are at the heart of everything we do. They are what unite us in a common cause.

  • CARE
    "I respect the needs of my stakeholders. I ensure they feel listened to and cared for."
  • care
    "I dream big, setting ambitious goals, delivering the highest quality & aiming to be the best and what I do." 
    "My open-mind curiosity fuels my love for learning. I ask questions & listen so that I continuously learn & improve."
    "I am a team player. I work with the bigger picture in mind. I put the team's needs ahead of my own."

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  • Great teachers inspire great students. That's why from simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education is an international company with a mission to provide quality education to all.

  • Going to school is about more than just academic performance; it’s about socialising, collaborating, developing life skills, growing as a person, expanding horizons and having fun. 

  • We believe every child has the potential to achieve extraordinary things given the freedom to explore, express and challenge themselves.

  • Support at every step, from high school to university and the world of work beyond, our mission is to open doors and facilitate success every step of the way.

  • We think it’s essential that what students learn and experience in school fully prepares them for life beyond school, both in terms of careers and the future

  • All our schools are 100 per cent inclusive. Always. That means no one is ever turned away, no matter what their unique individual needs.

  • Just like you, we want the children in our care to be happy and to view and experience school as a safe space filled with discovery, opportunity and positive challenge. We firmly believe that happy students learn better, engaging in a more meaningful way, and thereby get the most out of their school experience.

  • All GEMS Education staff have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of our students at all times and this duty of care to students is paramount.

  • Through continuous research, design, and prototyping of new educational ecologies and emerging technologies, GEMS Education aims to redefine learning and schooling to meet the inter-connected societies of the future.

Our international education footprint extends to 49 schools across the UAE, Qatar and Egypt, delivering a consistent, dynamic, high-quality education for every child.
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