Our Vision

Mission & Values

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

  • It first began in 1959, when Mariamma Varkey and her husband KS Varkey arrived on the shores of Dubai and opened a school in their very own home. And it continues to this day, driving us forward, inspiring and informing every aspect of what we do.
  • From humble beginnings and a single school, we have grown to become one of the largest Kindergarten to Grade 12 private education providers in the world, operating leading international independent schools in six regions across the globe, offering every major curriculum under the sun.
  • We are a home-grown UAE company, proud of our long history and legacy, proud of our amazing teachers and staff, and, most of all, proud of each and every incredible student whom we have the privilege of teaching and knowing.

In the words of GEMS Education Founder Sunny Varkey, “The most important gifts you can give your child are a quality education and the values that will guide them through life”. Our goal, as teachers and educators, is to ensure our parents can deliver these priceless gifts to the most important people in their lives – their children.

The most important gifts you can give your child are a quality education and the values that will guide them through life.

Mr Sunny Varkey

Founder, GEMS Education

That’s what binds all our schools together

It’s the common thread that unites all GEMS schools and all GEMS teachers. Because no matter which of our schools your child attends, no matter which curriculum they follow, and no matter where their interests and strengths lie, one thing is always constant: the quality of their education.

We like to think of ourselves as an optimistic, forward-looking and innovative company. We know the value of time-honoured traditions. We appreciate the importance of remembering, understanding and learning from our past.

But we also know that education can’t stand still. Our world is forever changing, and the challenges and opportunities faced by one generation are not the same as those encountered by the next.

That’s why a GEMS education will always be relevant, useful and grounded in real-world practice, equipping the future change-makers in our care with the skills, knowledge and wisdom to live out a life that is happy, fulfilling and meaningful. One that makes the world a better place.

Our Values

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. They are the North Star that guides us in our mission.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Every day in every one of our schools, our students learn about the importance of putting others first, of 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.

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