Global Education Motivators (GEM) was founded in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to help schools and the community meet the complex challenges of  living in a global society.

Emphasizing human rights and human responsibility, GEM is now educating a second generation to global awareness and responsibility in an interdependent world.

GEM is a non-governmental-organization (NGO) in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

GEM is headquartered at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA (USA).

Featured Items 

GEM Partners with the Global Education Opportunity (GEO) Program

GEM is excited to be partnering with the GEO Program.
This program gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity for a semester in Geneva, working at the United Nations, focusing efforts on a a topic of their choosing.
Learn more and apply now for Fall 2014 here.

UNICEF Focuses on Nigerian Education and Bring Back our Girls #BringBackOurGirls

Nigeria has 10 million children out of school - the highest number in the world.  The kidnapping of more than 200 girls by Boko Harum have brought this issue into stark relief. UNICEF is on the ground working on the issues of violence and abuse against children. Learn more about these efforts here.

Download the teaching guide about Boko Haram developed by Boston University African Studies Center.

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Learn about GEM events during the 2014-15 school year

This overview of GEM programs for 2014-15 school year will give an outline and brief description of the major events happening this year at GEM, from UN Day to the UN Educators Conference on Human Rights.

This page will also highlight several of our onsite and videoconference programs available to schools by request.


Upcoming Events

UN Day PA 2014
October 21, 2014

UN Day NJ 2014
October 24, 2014

United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights 
December 8, 2014
December 8-10, 2014

Student Leadership Conference on Development
February 6 & 9, 2015

UN Educators Conference on Human Rights
March 27, 2015                     

GEM Highlights
Recap of UNSLCD 2013-14

New Distance Learning Program
Live from Ukraine

GEM Welcomes  Presenter Abdullah Alsultan
for Fall 2014 Programs on Saudi Arabia and the Middle East - Learn More

In Memoriam - Parveen Kassim - Global Educator Award Recipient

Lost Boys Refugee Reunion Project - Learn More

GEM Internship Program
Learn More