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GEMS Education students shine with excellent A-Level examination results

GEMS Education students shine with excellent A-Level examination resultsGEMS Education students shine with excellent A-Level examination results46 per cent of students achieved A* – A gradesA*

– A percentage has increased by seven per cent compared to 2016 results Dubai, UAE: GEMS Education students in the UAE celebrate outstanding results achieved during the A-Level examinations.This year, GEMS students in the UAE have once again exceeded expectations, with 46 per cent achieving A*-A grades and 69 per cent achieving A*-B grades.

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Young inventors recognized at the GEMS Innovation Awards 2017

Young inventors recognized at the GEMS Innovation Awards 2017

Winner of the AICE Accelerator Programme received AED 10,000 and 10 hours to use on the TeachMeNow online tutoring platform
Top three Global Innovation Challenge winners shortlisted to present at the Singularity University Global Summit in California


Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Over 200 of the brightest minds from across the GEMS Education network were honoured at the GEMS Innovation Awards ceremony on 8 May 2017.


The awards, held at GEMS Nations Academy were spread across three categories – Global Innovation Challenge, GEMS Arab Innovation Centre for Education (AICE) Accelerator Programme,  and GEMS Network Innovation Awards.


The Global Innovation Challenge took place earlier this year where students from around the world were invited to submit prototypes using future-focused technologies such as 3D printing, robotics and nanotechnology. The students were announced winners across different categories such as Disaster Resilience, Environment, Energy, Food, Health, Learning, Security, Prosperity, Governance, Space, Shelter and Water.


The top three winners of the Challenge will have the opportunity to present their projects at the Singularity University Global Summit in Silicon Valley, California between 13 and 15 August 2017.


The three winning teams were PowerShoe from GEMS Millennium School Sharjah, ALID from GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai and Pentagon from Our Own English High School – Sharjah, Boys’ Branch. PowerShoe is a modified shoe that generates electricity by walking and can charge your mobile phone in just 500 steps. ALID, installed in a car’s steering wheel, uses infrared and iris scanning technology to detect the driver’s blood alcohol level and does not turn on the ignition if detected above a set limit. Pentagon uses automated 3D printing to create inexpensive, interconnected housing for refugees.


Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education, said: “The future is advancing at an exponential rate. As the leading educator in the region, it is critical that we equip our students with the necessary skills as this generation truly has the potential to change the world.

“The awards have provided a platform for our students to think outside the box and undertake projects that can positively impact lives, communities and the society by addressing our most pressing challenges. These awards are a testament of the talent and skills that our students possess.  I would like to congratulate all the participants and winners for their achievement and efforts,” added Dino.


The AICE Accelerator Programme held over March and April provided students with financial and non-financial support and mentoring to build customer and growth oriented business plans around their products. The programme culminated in the AICE Demo Day, where each team pitched to the region’s leading technology venture capital firms and investors.


Mythri Muralikannan, a grade seven student at The Millennium School, Dubai was declared the GEMS Young Innovator of the Year for spearheading the technology-driven idea of improving safety in school buses by installing 3-D motion sensors that detect movement once the engine is switched off and doors are locked. Her prototype has been presented to the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and School Transport Services (STS) who have agreed to pilot her technology in their buses.


Mythri received AED 10,000 as cash prize along with 10 hours to use on the TeachMeNow online tutoring platform and 12 months of continuous support from GEMS Education and the network/partners to further refine her product and take it to market.


Four students from the Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi were announced winners of the Global DECA challenge – an energising, experiential exercise that challenges elementary college students worldwide, to generate an innovative and sustainable new use for a commonplace item.


Similarly, Abu Dhabi Maker Day, held in April provided a wide range of student-led activities, from creating scribbler robots to programmable Legos, fashion infused with technology, art displays, community action exhibits, musical performances, and an exploration of the solar system inside the GEMS American Academy planetarium.


Students from GEMS World Academy were recognised for winning the Phillip Harris STEM Competition for their “GEMS Jarvis Academy” project, a completely self-sufficient school design that can operate on an Island in the South Pacific. They had won AED 5,000 worth of STEM kits for their school. Students from the GEMS Honours Programme and the GEMS Astronomy Programme were also recognised and awarded at the ceremony.


A total of 247 GEMS students were awarded at the ceremony.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan presents Sheikha Fatima Award to 38 exceptional female GEMS students

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan presents Sheikha Fatima Award to 38 exceptional female GEMS students

Awards presented by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
Awards created by GEMS Education in honour of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for her contributions to the empowerment of women in the UAE

Dubai: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development presented the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Awards for Excellence to 38 girls from GEMS Education schools across the UAE, on 1 May at GEMS Nations Academy.

The awards were launched by GEMS Education in 2005, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, to honour the Mother of the Nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, wife of late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for her contributions to the empowerment of women in the UAE and her support for excellence in all areas.

Nominated by their schools for their outstanding academic success, commitment to social responsibility and Global Citizenship, the winners were each presented with a scholarship covering a year’s tuition fee at their respective GEMS school and were recognized in today’s ceremony.

Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education, said: “I would like to congratulate these young ladies not only for their outstanding academic achievements but also for their significant contributions to their school and the wider community. The awards celebrate the talent that our students possess. They maintain their social commitment as well as achieve academic and extra-curricular excellence. Each one of these girls recognized today are role models and are the leaders of tomorrow.”


GEMS Education reinforces commitment to ‘Year of Giving’

GEMS Education reinforces commitment to ‘Year of Giving’ Creates an ecosystem of businesses to benefit GEMS families through a rewards and benefits initiative Aspiration to make tuition ‘cost neutral’ for parents.

Dubai, UAE: GEMS Education has introduced a rewards and benefits programme in line with the ‘Year of Giving’ initiative announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.


The programme has been designed to provide families within the GEMS network with several benefits through brand partnerships in order to alleviate the increasing financial burden on parents.

The initiative is also GEMS Education’s way of giving back to parents and saying ‘Thank You’ for the trust that has been placed in their schools over the years.

Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member, GEMS Education, said: “GEMS Education is on a mission to bring quality education within the reach of every child – the loyalty programme is one of the ways in which we hope to make life in the UAE more affordable for our families.

“We recognise that there is a lot of pressure on families. We want to use the power of our network of schools and the power of our community, in order to provide tangible benefits that will make a real difference for parents and families in the UAE, day in and day out. A long term aspiration is that this programme makes tuition ‘cost neutral’.”

The initiative will reach close to 300,000 people in the GEMS Network (48 GEMS schools in the UAE, with 108,000 students, over 70,000 families and over 10,000 staff and their families).

Partnering with the region’s most sought after brands, the programme will offer enticing discounts and benefits across various segments – dining, healthcare, wellness, hospitality, travel, retail, entertainment, toys, stationery, among many more who will be signed up over the next few months.

Driving this initiative is Manav Fernandez, who recently joined GEMS Education as Senior Vice President, CRM and Customer Loyalty.

Manav said: “Through our parent surveys and general discussions we have been listening to our parents over the past few years and we have been able to understand their needs.

“Through this initiative, GEMS is leading a movement to create an ecosystem of businesses by creating mutual partnerships that benefit the community. GEMS Education is embedded into the fabric of the community here in the UAE and the wider region and we hope this initiative will further enhance quality of life for our families,” he concluded

GEMS Education has been committed to families in the UAE for over 55 years, and with programmes like this wants to ensure they continue to cater to the needs of their community.

The programme will be launched in September this year to coincide with the new academic year.

About GEMS Education:

GEMS Education is a pioneering education company. Through our schools, consulting practice and our charitable foundation we are advancing education for all. Every day in our schools around the world, we prepare thousands of children of all ages for real world success. We are a catalyst and delivery partner. We work with governments, donor agencies and private clients to improve education systems, and provide vital training for young people in an increasingly competitive world. Through the Varkey Foundation we campaign for, and support initiatives that change lives through education.

Her Majesty’s Former Chief Inspector of Education joins GEMS

Dubai, UAE: GEMS Education has announced that Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s former Chief Inspector of Schools, Ofsted, will begin a new global role as Senior Advisor – Education Strategy.

In his new role, he will drive GEMS Education’s long term strategy for its network of globally connected schools, and Private Public Partnerships. Sir Michael Wilshaw will advise on GEMS low cost schools in India and South East Asia, which will further add to the wide variety of educational options that GEMS provides across multiple curriculum and price points.


Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education, said: “We’re privileged to welcome someone of Sir Michael Wilshaw’s distinction to advance the GEMS cause of providing high quality education to children across the world.


“Sir Michael Wilshaw has a remarkable track record of transforming low-achieving schools in England into outstanding ones through strong values and innovative methods within classrooms. He has continuously raised the bar on excellence, a value that we at GEMS practise on a daily basis. We believe our schools will greatly benefit from his experience in shaping students into global citizens.”


Considered to be one of the leading educators in England, the education sector saw significant growth under the leadership of Sir Michael Wilshaw. During his tenure, he oversaw the improvement of many primary and secondary schools.


Sir Michael Wilshaw has over 43 years of experience in education, where he served in several roles including Principal of Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney; Director of Education, ARK Schools and 13 years in middle management and senior posts in the Inner-London Education Authority and an additional four years as Deputy Head of Trinity High School, Redbridge.


“We believe that our teachers help give our students great opportunities to achieve well beyond their perceived potential. I am confident that Sir Michael will further enhance these opportunities for children. His experience and expertise will add value to each of our schools as they continue to move towards outstanding and beyond,” said Tony Little, Group Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education.


On joining, Sir Michael Wilshaw shared, “GEMS Education’s mission to put a quality education within the reach of every child is a very admirable one. Governments in many countries around the world need to look at partnerships (Private Public Partnerships) with companies like GEMS to ensure all children are educated, and I hope that my years of experience and the expertise that GEMS has in providing low cost schooling, will help further this mission.”


He is very passionate about education in India, especially as he was born in Shimla. “I also have the opportunity to go back to my roots, with the work I hope to do in India,” explained Sir Michael Wilshaw.


GEMS Education currently operates low cost schools in parts of Africa and India, with plans to expand that model globally.  In addition the recently announced Loyalty program aims to make tuition ‘cost neutral’ for parents, to help alleviate their financial burden.