Founded in 1959 by two teachers and now in its third generation of ownership, GEMS Education has grown from a small family-run business to a multi-national company with global reach and reputation. GEMS Education’s offices are located in New York, London, Singapore, Delhi and Dubai.
GEMS Education has a global network of international schools in Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East. We educate more than 250,000 students from more than 170 countries and employ more than 20,000 education professionals, specialists and staff. With countless opportunities for interactive studies with their peers around the world, our students expand their knowledge and broaden their experiences with other cultures. To achieve our vision, GEMS Education partners with organizations and international agencies that share our commitment to promoting access to quality education for children across the globe. Our partners include UNESCO, Clinton Global Initiative, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, The World Economic Forum, and Pratham.
Philanthropy and the Varkey Foundation
In honor of GEMS Education’s 50th anniversary, the company launched the Varkey Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world. The foundations pursues this goal via advocacy and teacher-training programs.
At the launch of the foundation, President Bill Clinton, honorary chairman, said, “There will rarely be people who launch something with so much potential to lift the hopes and spirits and dreams of children as this foundation has done tonight. The benefits from an educated child will affect not only the child itself, but also his or her family and the wider community. The Varkey Foundation’s commitment will bring that opportunity to millions more children around the world."
Raising the Profile of Teachers
The Varkey Foundation has worked diligently to celebrate excellent teachers around the world and inspire young people to enter the teaching field. One of the key components of that effort is the Global Teacher Prize, a program launched in 2014. The foundation grants a $1 million award to a teacher who brings innovative new approaches to the classroom, inspires his or her local community and advocates passionately for the entire profession.
The top 10 finalists for the 2017 prize came from both public and private schools around the world. Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches indigenous communities in a remote part of Canada, was named the $1 million winner during the annual Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai in March of 2017.
For more information, go to the Global Teacher Prize