Sunny Varkey joins UNESCO panel to advance the rights of girls and women to receive an education – Zawya com News

Dubai, June 13, 2011: Following an invitation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation,(UNESCO), the Chairman of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey, has joined a High Level Panel which focuses on advancing the rights of Women and Girls to receive an education.

 Other Panel members include; His Highness the Aga Khan; the Prime Minister of Mali; Mc. Cisse Mariam Sidibe; the Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Sheikh Hasina; Ms. Rosabeth Kanter; Professor at Harvard Business School and Ms. Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s issues.

Sunny Varkey said it was unacceptable that 39 million girls of lower secondary age are currently not enrolled in either primary or secondary education globally, while two thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women. Only about one third of countries have achieved gender parity at secondary level.

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About GEMS Education:
GEMS Education has a global network of world class international schools. With 50 years of experience in education, GEMS provides high quality holistic education to over 100,000 students from 150 countries. It employs over 9,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from around the world. The GEMS approach to learning focuses not only on academic excellence, but also in helping students develop their character and creativity so that they achieve their full potential as human beings.  The GEMS Education school model is unique in the world because it offers a broad range of curricula across a range of tuition fees making private education more accessible to the broader community. GEMS Education also supports Governments’ education reform agenda by working with Ministries of Education to lift school performance and improve the standards and expertise of government schools across the globe. GEMS Education has offices in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, India and Singapore.

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