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GEMS Heritage

Photo of the early history of GEMS Education In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariama, arrived in Dubai.

At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family.

What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.

Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services in more than 10 countries.

We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.

Building learning institutions worldwide for over five decades.

GEMS Education, the parent company of GEMS World Academy (Singapore) runs a global network of award-winning international schools in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle-East and Africa.

We educate over 250,000 students from 151 countries and employ 20,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from over 80 countries.

From humble beginnings in 1959, we have grown into an internationally recognised name with global reach and reputation. We have offices in New York, London, Singapore, Delhi and Dubai.

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Welcome to GEMS Education

How we make our presence felt:

In the Private Sector: GEMS Education is making private education more accessible to communities by providing a range of school models with different price points and curricula, so all children have access to the education they need.

In the Public Sector: We work with Governments to deliver efficient, high quality public education solutions globally.

Philanthropy: Through our philanthropic arm, the Varkey Foundation, we aim to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children everywhere.

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Our esteemed partners:

We are proud to partner organisations who support our passion for promoting access to quality education across the globe. Some of them include UNESCO, Clinton Global Initiative, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, The World Economic Forum and Pratham.

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