Dubai's GEMS inks deal for first school in Africa

Education provider signs agreement with Kenyan Prime Minister for international school in Nairobi
Dubai's GEMS inks deal for first school in Africa
Sunny Varkey, founder and chairman of GEMS Education.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 28 Mar 2011 07:04 PM

Dubai-based educator GEMS said on Monday it had signed an agreement to build its first school in Africa.

GEMS Education inked the deal with Raila Amolo Odinga, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, in partnership with MenaLink Holdings.

The international school will be located in Nairobi, the political, economic and financial hub of East Africa, GEMS said in a statement.

It will offer a British/IB curriculum with state of the art facilities and catering for 2,000 students.

Odinga said: "It is clear that this global education company is supplying high quality education to the children in its schools. In announcing their flagship school, I am pleased that they will soon be enhancing the standard of education in Kenya as well."

The Prime Minister said that education was at the core of Kenya's ambition to achieve the development objectives outlined in Kenya Vision 2030.

Sunny Varkey, founder and chairman of GEMS Education, added: "Our goal is to support the Kenyan Government wherever we can, whether it be in the private or public sector, to achieve its vision for the education sector.

"We will harness the full range of educational resources across the GEMS global network to make this international school the very best school in Kenya."

GEMS Education is the world's largest kindergarten to grade 12 private educational provider.

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