The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s leaders meet with the leaders of the GEMS Education and educators in Dubai

BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, Madam Yoo Soon-taek, BKMC Board Member Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, and CEO Monika Froehler met with the leaders of GEMS Education and experts in education in Dubai on January 8th-9th.

From the left to the right are Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, BKMC Board member, Sunny Varkey, Chairman of GEMS Education and Founder of Varkey Foundation, Ban Ki-moon, Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Shanta Retnasingam, Special Advisor to the Chairman of GEMS Education, and Monika Froehler, CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

The meeting on the 8th was hosted by Mr. Dino Varkey included:

  • Dr. Siva Kumari, 7th Director General of the International Baccalaureate
  • Dr. Saima Rana, Principal of Westminster Academy
  • Mr. Shantha Retnasingam, Special Advisor to Founder of the Varkey Foundation & GEMS Education
  • Mr. Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education
  • Mr. David Fitzgerald, Vice President of Education, GEMS Education

On the next day, Chairman Sunny Varkey hosted another meeting with the BKMC leaders, which was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, together with the leaders of the GEMS Education. They talked about the current political affairs and the education system in the region and the contributions made by the GEMS Education.

 

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon meets with the Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future of the UAE

On January 8th, BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon had a meeting with H.E. Mohammad Abdulla Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. They talked about the current regional tensions and the need for collaboration.

The Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future (MOCAF) plays a key role in the UAE government through its key entities: the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Public Diplomacy Office. MOCAF is responsible for following up on the decisions and directions issued by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

In addition, it oversees the implementation of the government vision and national agenda and monitors government performance. It also strives to boost the efficiency of the federal government sector; enhance the quality of government services; lead innovation and excellence efforts; develop government communication systems as well as policies, general frameworks and mandates of government entities; and to provide consultations and recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

 

Co-chair Ban Ki-moon meets with Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the UAE in Dubai

During his visit to Dubai this week, Co-chair Ban Ki-moon had a bilateral meeting with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates on January 8th. The two leaders discussed current developments in the region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (MoFAIC) reflects the bright face and character of the UAE Society and serves as its window to the outer world, communicating the thoughts and vision of the UAE leadership, asserting the values of peaceful coexistence, and lending help and assistance for all those who might need it. The Ministry stresses the importance of attaining global peace and amicably resolving international disputes through dialogue and legal arbitrary.

Ban Ki-moon is appointed Ambassador for GEMS World Academy schools

  • GEMS World Academy Dubai students to receive valuable input and advice from statesman
  • Appointment complements existing innovative initiatives at GEMS World Academy, the UAE’s leading IB education school, including its Entrepreneurship Centre – GEMS X, Careers and Counselling Hub, and Student-led Innovation Committee

BKMC Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, is appointed the official Ambassador for the Model United Nations (MUN) at GEMS World Academy schools, including GEMS World Academy in Dubai. Ban will hold the position for the next three years, giving students the unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable insights from one of the world’s most admired leaders.

The UAE’s leading International Baccalaureate (IB) school, GEMS World Academy Dubai hosts the MUN as part of its curriculum. An education simulation activity in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations, MUN is designed to develop students’ skills and shape their worldview. Serving as Ambassador for the MUN, Ban Ki-moon will be invited to open the MUN’s annual conference, where GEMS World Academy Dubai students will be able to participate in simulated sessions of the General Assembly or Security Council and get advice on diplomacy skills and learn about key issues that impact the 21st century.

Ban 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.”

Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education, said: “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. 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.”

Ban Ki-Moon has also agreed to contribute to the Global Education Skills Forum, the annual event in Dubai that brings together leaders from the public, private and social sectors around the world and culminates with the Varkey Foundation’s $1M Global Teacher Prize. GEMS Education will play a key role in supporting donations to the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

For further information about GEMS Education, visit: http://www.gemseducation.com

Photo: Peter Lechner