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September 25, 2011

Clinton Global Initiative: UNESCO and Varkey GEMS Foundation Announce Program to Train 10,000 School Principals

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Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton participate in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and hold a one-on-one “conversation” during the Closing Plenary, at the Sheraton Midtown Hotel in New York, New York, on September 22, 2011. (State Department Photo).

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Photo: President Bill Clinton takes a group photo with the 1,200 attendees of the CGI U 2011 meeting. Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen / Clinton Global Initiative.

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Photo: Along with the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the Chairman of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey, the ‘10,000 Principals Leadership Program’ was announced by President Clinton as a ‘commitment to action’ at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York. Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Clinton Global Initiative.

The Varkey GEMS Foundation, a not-for-profit education organization and The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), today announced a school Principals training program. The ‘10,000 Principals Leadership Program’ was announced by President Clinton as a ‘commitment to action’ at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York today.

The first phase of the program will involve Kenya, Ghana and India. 10,000 school principals will be trained over four years. “School Principals in many developing countries receive little, if any, leadership and development training,” explained GEMS Foundation. “This initiative will improve the skills of those school leaders and the multiplier effect will benefit thousands of teachers and up to 10 million children.”

The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said at the launch, “This partnership between UNESCO and the Varkey GEMS Foundation (including GEMS Education) is an excellent example of the new platforms for cooperation the world needs today. Tackling complex, global challenges requires also innovative and far reaching partnerships between the public and private spheres. GEMS Education works for education as a force for development, for individual realization, for tolerance and dialogue and indeed as a basic human right.”

The Founder of the Varkey GEMS Foundation and Chairman of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey said at the launch of the initiative, “I believe the private sector can work with intergovernmental organizations, NGO’s and Governments, powerfully, to provide more education to those less fortunate. The fact that 67 million children around the world have no access to education is intolerable. Education is the most important issue in the world today. For us to confront, collectively, some of the world’s biggest challenges such as poverty, conflict, prejudice and intolerance we need to lift the standards of education worldwide.”

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Photo: Student Volunteers at the CGI U 2011 Service Project at the San Diego Food Bank. Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Clinton Global Initiative.

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Photo: Students bag food at the CGI U 2011 Service Project at the San Diego Food Bank. Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Clinton Global Initiative.

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Photo: Students lend a hand at landscaping outside the San Diego Food Bank during the CGI U 2011 Service Project. Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen / Clinton Global Initiative.

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Photo: CGI U 2011 Working Session. Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Clinton Global Initiative.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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