FORMER UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON BECOMES AN AMBASSADOR OF GWA
The co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens will provide practical advice to GEMS World Academy students to demonstrate how they can
Former secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has teamed up with GEMS Education to become an ambassador for four GEMS World Academy Schools in Dubai, Chicago and Singapore. Now co-chair of the
Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, he will engage directly with students who are involved in Model United Nations conferences, providing an educational simulation where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.
“I am excited to see what these young global citizens from international schools around the world, who are already showing a passion to make change by being involved in the Model United Nations, will come up with, and I am enthusiastic about being part of the journey to tackle the issues head on. I have great hope that through quality education we will be able to see all these young students become global leaders,” said Ban Ki-moon.
INDIAN CURRICULUM SCHOOLS SHINE
IN 2019-20 DSIB INSPECTIONS
GEMS Education’s Indian curriculum schools in Dubai have once again raised the bar achieving significant improvements in the KHDA’s recently announced 2019-20 Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) results. Through inspections and the participation of schools in international assessments, DSIB provides KHDA, the Government of Dubai and the wider public with a detailed view of the quality of education in Dubai in relation to the world’s best-performing countries. The recent DSIB inspection results reflect the commitment of GEMS Education to deliver the UAE National Agenda 2021 in relation to raising the quality of education in Dubai.
For the latest results, GEMS New Millennium School – Al Khail was the star performer, jumping from an overall ‘Good’ rating to ‘Very Good’, while The Kindergarten Starters, GEMS Our Own Indian School, GEMS Heritage Indian School and Our Own High School Boys all maintained their overall ‘Good’ ratings.
Sir Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer at GEMS Education, said: “We strongly believe in continuous improvement and in fostering a culture of continuous learning. We are therefore very pleased with these latest DSIB inspection results, as they are a reflection of the unwavering efforts and dedication of our teachers, education leaders and support staff. We take inspiration from our founder, Sunny Varkey, a passionate educator.”
TEACHERS WIN BIG IN GEMS REWARDS-EMIRATES NBD COMP
Congratulations to our GEMS Rewards winners from the recent competition held in partnership with banking group Emirates NBD. Launched during GEMS Awareness Day, the competition was open to all new GEMS teachers with an NBD bank account. The winners were announced at a ceremony attended by senior officials of Emirates NBD including Marwan Mahmood Mohammad Hadi, Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking, UAE; Rana Zeeshan Saleem, Executive Vice President, Head of Personal Banking and KSA Retail; and Aju Chacko, Senior Vice President.
Ershad Ahmed, Head of Sponsorships and Partnerships at GEMS Education, said: “We are continually looking to raise the profile of teachers, rooted to our firm belief that teachers play an essential role in unlocking the true potential of students. Through the GEMS Rewards programme, we are not only making quality education accessible for our community but also supporting teachers and helping stakeholders achieve significant savings. We thank Emirates NBD for helping us recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution of teachers.”
Our four Grade 12 students from GEMS World Academy – Dubai who have received acceptances from University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. Well done to Markus Baumgartner, Lihong Wang, Jaegyun Kim and Mihica Prashant on their outstanding achievements.
PARENT EXPERIENCE CENTRE CELEBRATES FIRST MONTH
Last December, GEMS Education launched a new GEMS Parent Experience Centre in the School Support Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. At this location, parents are able to explore updated information on the best schools for their children, learn about different school curriculums along with fee options, complete school registration and also have any questions and feedback addressed on the spot. The GEMS Parent Experience Centre is available on 600 567771. located on the second floor of the GEMS Education Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sunday to Thursday from 8am – 5pm.
WSQ JEWELS OF KINDNESS
To celebrate Kindness Week in January and the new Jewels of Kindness & Respect initiative, each child in GEMS Wellington Qatar has been given their very own GEMS Jewels of Kindness sticker book. The school are actively looking for children who show compassion, empathy, respect and helpfulness – the four Jewels of Kindness. Each time a child shows an act of kindness, they will earn a sticker in the corresponding Jewel’s colour.
A GEMS school bus driver has been hailed a true hero after selflessly stepping in to rescue a father and son from a burning vehicle. In December 2019, Mr. Binu Kumar from GEMS Modern Academy, Kochi was on his way home in Vaikom Town when he encountered the car alight. A driver by profession and qualified in fire and safety training, Binu single-handedly pulled the family from the car without a second thought before the fire engulfed the entire car.
Binu has been recognised by the regional newspaper and honoured for his act of bravery by local authorities and citizen groups. GMA thanked him during a special assembly with students and parents. He was also presented with a gift by Global Chief Education Officer, Sir Christopher Stone who said: “Binu Kumar is a true hero of GEMS Education, whose sincerity, skill and courage is inspiring to us all.
When faced with a crisis, he did not hesitate. Instead, he showed incredible skill to save two lives, without any thought for his own safety. We are so proud of Binu, who proved to the world that personal courage, backed
with knowledge and skills, can make a significant difference. With such skilled and brave professionals on our team, we know that our students are in safe hands.”
GREEN FLAG FOR NSG
GEMS National School for Girls has been recommended for the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag award for excellence in environmental education and action-based learning. By creating opportunities for students to understand, act and commit towards shaping a sustainable future, the school is nurturing a generation of environmentally conscious young girls, who can go on to make an indelible impact on worldwide efforts to create a sustainable future. The Foundation for Environmental Education and the Emirates Centre for Arab Towns formulated the Eco-Schools initiative to address the growing need to link environmental awareness with academic curricula. As an enrolled school, NSG were able to meet the comprehensive criteria involved and achieve a number of key sustainability goals.
NSG Teacher Samaina Raja, who has been instrumental in this achievement, has formed and worked with a dedicated student ECO Council to introduce measures to save water, conserve energy, reduce waste and promote biodiversity through collaborative efforts. Samaina said: “We are thrilled that NSG has been recommended for the Green Flag. It is a wonderful achievement for the ECO Team and the school community. This award is a testament to the drive and passion of our student leaders. We look forward to the next phase of our ECO journey so that we can continue to make the world a little cleaner.”
The NSG ECO Council formed a dedicated ECO code for the school whilst running bottle cap campaigns, organising an ECO day, monitoring energy usage and introducing new recycling bins. NSG Principal, Michelle Forbes said: “This accreditation is aligned to a wider whole school commitment to develop curriculum pathways and professional partnerships that will enable NSG students to become leading experts in sustainability, smart cities and infrastructure…”
NSG will now establish routines to reinforce sustainable best practices. They will push the reduction of plastics, explore curriculum links with ECO learning, set garden development targets and introduce waste diaries and sustainable art clubs. The school looks forward to a ceremony where it will formally collect the Green Flag accreditation.
Latha Sethu from Kindergarten Starters has been selected as one of the winners of the Microsoft MEA Road2E2 2020 competition. The Microsoft Educator Exchange (E2) promotes worldwide educational exchanges that develop innovative classroom experiences. The programme supports inclusive classrooms, promotes collaboration and advanced modern teaching and learning techniques with a core focus on computer science, STEM and Minecraft: Education Edition as well as productivity tools, Teams and AI.
Preparing for nearly a year, Latha trained more than 100 teachers and 60 parents in basic and advanced coding techniques using microbits whilst also introducing Flipgrid – a leading video discussion platform – to the KGS community. Latha will join global leaders in Sydney, Australia this March to participate in workshops and discussions on key topics surrounding education transformation. She will also gain insight into technology for teaching, learning and administration and learn proven strategies that drive effective learning outcomes across interactive systems.