By Stephen Kafeero
GEMS Cambridge International School is set to join the growing list of international schools in Uganda and will open its first Ugandan campus this September in Butabika, Kampala. GEMS, the largest K-12 private education operator in the world has a global network educating 130,000 students from over 150 nationalities.
“In today’s world, we need to look to the future and prepare our students for life, empowering them to become independent, responsible, self-confident and resilient. We believe in integrating technology into education while developing strong values and a sense of integrity among our students,” says David McLachlan the Director of GEMS Cambridge Schools.
He also reiterated their belief in fostering a caring, disciplined and happy-conducive learning environment for children.
The school is currently working with the Ministry of Education and Sports to achieve its vision of quality and appropriate education while uplifting general school performance and standards.
“We will harness the full range of educational resources across the GEMS global network to make this international school the very best in Uganda because a quality education impacts not only the child receiving that education, but the child’s family and the broader community said Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education.
‘We don’t just want our students to reach their potential, but to exceed it. It is upon this background that we are opening up a school in Uganda with a curriculum that stresses the importance of education from both a local and global perspective to enable them appreciate the diversity the world has to offer,’ he continued.
Latimer Mukasa, Executive Director Rock Insurance Services and a member of GEMS Uganda Advisory Committee says that the days of crossing boarders in search of better education are numbered.
GEMS Cambridge International School will use the National Curriculum for England with a well-rounded approach to education; the curriculum will provide students with transferability and the opportunity to gain access to reputable universities, worldwide.
The school will offer students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A Level Examinations of the University of Cambridge (UK). Additionally the school will offer Ed excel BTEC Level 2 and 3 qualifications in a range of vocational subjects.