Dubai – MENA Herald: GEMS Education emphasized its commitment to the United Nations’ global movement to promote sustainable development, with students across its school network joining the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ (WLL). The ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ is a collaborative education project to support United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development’ programme.

‘The Global Goals’ are a set of universal goals, which aim to tackle world issues like climate change, gender equality, peace and justice. The 17 Global Goals, endorsed by world leaders, hope to achieve three extraordinary outcomes in the next 15 years – end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change.

The UN believes that the only way the goals can be met, is to ensure that everyone knows about them. It is with this in mind that the World’s Largest Lesson’ takes the key messages to students and young people across the globe. The 103,000 GEMS students in the UAE are part of nearly 500 million children around the world that have already learned about the new Global Goals through assemblies, lesson and other classroom activities.

Sunny Varkey, Founder and Group Chairman of GEMS Education, said: “The Global Goals is a pledge by humanity to look beyond the short-term and set clear developmental priorities. Today’s generation of students hold the power to make that significant change to the world. We are committed to delivering values-driven education through which our students become active stakeholders in making a positive impact on the communities they live in and contribute to a better future.”

GEMS Education is among the first educational entities to adopt the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ through a series of activities held across its schools. These include special school assemblies, lessons on culture and leadership, environmental club activities, street plays, and even ‘The Global Goals’ selfies by students to inspire and engage in a movement that serves as a blueprint for a better future. GEMS Schools have also connected with students outside their communities, by Skyping with other classrooms around the world and discussing solutions to these important issues.