Social Responsibility

  • Sustainable Development

    Part of our social responsibility is environmental, and we take that seriously as a company.
    At GEMS Education, our responsibility to the planet lies not only in our practices as a business, school, and individual level, but also in the education we provide. We lead by example and monitor our impact on the planet using the latest technology and our Green Growth Statistics, we organise a host of sustainability-related initiatives and events across our schools, and we have even embedded climate literacy into our curricula.

The world is now waking up to the fact that urgent action is needed to address the climate emergency, and what better way to start than with education. This is just the start of what we intend to be a long-term programme of enhancing the teaching throughout our school network across the world.

Dino Varkey

Group CEO, GEMS Education

Schools for Good

Every day in one of our schools, our students learn about the importance of putting others first, making a difference in the lives of their community, and of having a positive impact in the world. It’s only right, therefore, that we walk our own talk, which is why we take social and global responsibilities seriously.

  • The Alternative Alphabet

    GEMS Education has teamed up with UAE-based Thrive Wellbeing Centre to create a free mental health tool called The Alternative Alphabet, which aims to empower young people with an understanding of the language around mental health.
    The fun, engaging tool facilitates a deeper understanding of this important area and provides adolescents with essential related skills, allowing them to better identify, define, and discuss the potential challenges they may face.

The Varkey Foundation 

We’re proud to support the Varkey Foundation, a charitable organisation established by GEMS Founder Sunny Varkey to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children and raise the status and capacity of teachers throughout the world.

  • The Varkey Foundation

    We’re proud to support the Varkey Foundation
    The Foundation believes in the importance of a quality education for every child and that every child deserves a good teacher. It works with government partners and organisations to build the capacity and status of teachers to enhance the quality of teaching and improve outcomes.

    The Foundation’s projects focus on girls’ education, refugee education, education technology, leadership, and teacher training, among many other important areas.

More To Explore

  • Today we continue to take immense pride in the high standard of our schools, our teachers and the myriad opportunities made available for the young learners in our care.

  • Throughout our more than 60 years in education, our mission has remained unwavering – to put a quality education within the reach of every learner.

  • Our story began in 1959, when two passionate teachers – KS and Mariamma Varkey – left Kerala, India for the United Arab Emirates in search of a better life for their young family.

  • GEMS Education is one of the oldest and largest Kindergarten to Grade 12 / Year 13 private education providers in the world.


  • You don’t achieve sustained success over a period of more than 60 years without the right people. Which is why it’s our passionate teachers, dedicated support staff and visionary leaders who truly set us apart.


  • We know that as a parent you want only the very best for your child. The best opportunities, the best experiences and the best education. It’s what every one of our schools delivers every single day, and we’re proud of the quality of our provision and the difference it’s making in the lives of the tens of thousands of children in our care.

  • View our many partners that we work with.

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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