UNESCO and GEMS sign pact on teacher training

Millions of students around the world will benefit from a new collaboration between UNESCO and GEMS Education as part of a new framework agreement on teacher training.

By (Muaz Shabandri)

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Published: Tue 29 Mar 2011, 11:52 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:25 AM

The agreement, signed on Monday, is the first step towards a series of developments that will lead to prioritising gender parity and education development in under-developed countries.

Speaking with Khaleej Times, Hans d’Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning at UNESCO, said, “If you prepare teachers appropriately and focus on areas under-served by a support system, it will lead to the empowerment of girls through education.

“We are coming to a bigger mix between private and public partners in creating long-term agreements. This is the first step and everything is transparent.”

Working towards serving the educational needs of under-developed countries, the teacher-training partnership will see GEMS provide its resources to projects identified by UNESCO.

Vikas Pota, chief executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, said, “The framework agreement will serve for a better collaboration between UNESCO and GEMS. In particular, we will be committed to training teachers, principals and school leaders” and address issues to make girls achieve more in maths, science and technology.

UNESCO will identify projects for GEMS to work on over the next four years. “The next stage is to identify where the interventions need to be made to support the development of education in other countries. Priority lies on gender equality and Africa,” said Vikas. — muaz@khaleejtimes.com

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