GEMS Education students will get valuable input and advice from the former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary- General of the United Nations will be the official ambassador for all GEMS World Academy schools for the coming three years, assuring students the unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable insight from one of the world’s most admired leaders. Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General and co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens said: “I am delighted to join hands with GEMS Education as the Ambassador for the Model United Nations at GEMS World Academy schools. It is critical that today’s youth take on responsibility for the world we live in from an early educational platform, and it is essential that educators empower students to talk about issues such as the environment and sustainability so that we can limit any adverse effects on our future generations. In partnering with GEMS Education, the UAE’s leading K12 education provider, we can reach a far-reaching audience to instil change for the betterment of humankind.”
“Ban Ki-moon is a true statesman who has impressed the world with his diplomatic skills and his decisive stance on a variety of pressing issues faced by humanity,” said Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education. “We are honoured that Ban Ki-moon has graciously accepted to be the official Ambassador for the Model United Nations at our GEMS World Academy schools. With several student-led innovations, GEMS World Academy Dubai has set benchmarks for academic excellence and underlined its position as the leading IB education school in the country. With the generous support of Ban Ki-moon, our students have an unrivalled learning opportunity to take notes from such an inspirational figure. They can develop a stronger understanding of diplomacy and gain a clearer worldview on current issues, helping them become truly global citizens.”
Students at GEMS World Academy schools, such as GEMS World Academy — Dubai (GWA), will be able to take part in Model UN conferences with Ban Ki-moon in person, and will participate in simulated sessions of the General Assembly or Security Council to develop diplomacy skills and learn about key issues impacting the twenty-first century.
Stuart Walker, Head of School, GWA — Dubai, said that the appointment of Ban Ki-moon as MUN Ambassador provides the school with the opportunity to engage with a true world leader. His experience in the world forum of the UN will be of vital importance as students embark on this new venture of hosting a large scale MUN at GWA.
“For our students, it will be an opportunity to discuss the issues that they see as the global issues most important to them. To have someone of Ban Ki-moon’s stature working with them is something all the students are extremely excited by,” said Stuart.