Varkey GEMS Foundation
United Kingdom2010Non-profit Organization
The Varkey GEMS Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children by building new classrooms and centers of learning, addressing global teaching capacity, and seeding excellence and innovation in the next generation of educators.
As the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education, the Varkey GEMS Foundation enjoys the support of 11,000 education professionals, specialists and staff, along with a community of 130,000 students and families. GEMS Education has commitments totaling $100 million to charitable causes around the world.
The Varkey GEMS Foundation believes that building strong partnerships and collaborating with likeminded corporations, NGOs and international organisations who share our commitment to promoting access to quality education for underprivileged children around the globe, is the most effective way to achieve its goals of improved standards of education, and increased access. The Varkey GEMS Foundation work with UNESCO, Clinton Global Initiative, Tony Blaire Faith Foundation, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Dubai Cares and Pratham India.
The Varkey GEMS Foundation has designed a low-cost teacher training programme to address the issue of teacher quality in developing countries. The 5-day face-to-face course, aimed at school principals and senior management team members, will focus on the skills required to improve pedagogy within the school and will include an embedded “train-the-trainer” course so that principals can cascade their learning and deliver the content to teachers at their schools. Once the training is completed, Varkey GEMS Foundation trainers will travel to each school to provide coaching and support to the principal in embedding the programme, thus improving practices within the school and providing quality assurance. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Varky GEMS Foundation has committed to training 250,000 over 10 years. This initiative commenced with a pilot in Uganda in May 2013, which trained 68 school leaders from 12 districts. Through its cascade model of training trainers, the foundation intends to train 5,000 teachers by mid-2014.
The Foundation works in partnership with The Institute of Fundraising, UK, and adhere to their code of conduct to maintain the highest possible standards for its work.
Areas of engagement in non-state educationGirls' EducationSecondary EducationTeacher Training and EvaluationDeliveryPolicy & AnalysisStudent supportSchool supportEarly childhoodPre-primaryPrimaryLower secondaryUpper secondaryPost-secondary non-tertiaryShort-cycle tertiaryConducting/commissioning evaluationConducting/commissioning researchEngaging in direct program implementationProviding general sector support (e.g., sharing of best practices, networking)Providing organizational support (e.g., capacity building, M&E support)
Not-for-profitNGOGovernmentImplemented by international/multilateral organizationEarly Stage ProgramsPilot Programs (e.g. testing new models/ideas)Programs ready to replicate to new settingsPrograms ready to scale up