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

Featured Items 

GEM Opens a New Office in Ithaca New York with New Member of the GEM Team - Gertrude Noden

Veteran teacher and decorated educator Getrude Noden is now a permanent member of the GEM family. She is heading a new office in Ithaca, New York in the position of Director of Human Rights Curriculum and Outreach.

Learn more about Gertrude here.

Climate Change and Urban Development Collide in Chennai India - Massive Flooding Hits GEM Partner School

As GEM has begun working toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, one of our partner schools has been hard hit by intense flooding brought on by unsustainable urban development.

The Omega School in Chennai, India was closed due to the massive floods that hit the region. Click here to learn more about the damage, see pictures of the rebuilding, and use the link below to contribute via PayPal to the school's rebuilding process.

Learn about GEM events during the 2015-16 school year

This overview of GEM programs for 2015-16 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 programs available to schools by request.

Upcoming Events

A World Heritage Sites & Cities Lesson Development Workshop for Philadelphia Teachers
Saturday Feb 13, 2016
Applications Accepted Until Filled

Student Leadership Conference on Development at the United Nations
February 15, 2016

UN in Your World Series with Chestnut Hill College and Effat University
Thursday, February 18
Thursday, March 10
Thursday, April, 14

UNAI Many Languages, One World Essay Contest
March 31, 2016

CHC Trips to UN

April 1 and 5, 2016

Global Solutions Lab

June 19-27, 2016

GEM Highlights
Lesson Plans on the Sustainable Development Goals - World's Largest Lesson

UN Day NJ featured in Press of Atlantic City
Teaching the Effects of Armed Conflict on Children via Primary Sources Professional Development Series
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Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching Primary Sources with the Library of Congress
Effects of Armed Conflict on Children

New Distance Learning Program
Live from Ukraine