GEMS Education students set Guinness World Records title to recognise the US$1 million Global Teacher Prize

GEMS Education students set Guinness World Records title to recognise the US$1 million Global Teacher Prize

World’s largest human hashtag formed by 1,927 students

Dubai, UAE:  Close to 2,000 students across GEMS Education schools in the UAE gathered to form the ‘Largest Human Image of a Hashtag symbol’ – setting another Guinness World Records title – to celebrate the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize 2018.

The 1,927 students who created the human hashtag were accompanied by close to 3000 students who formed the letters ‘GTP’ which stand for ‘Global Teacher Prize’.

Now in its fourth year, the US$1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.

Together, the students announced the name of the winner of this year’s prize – Andria Zafirakou, an art and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School in London, UK – at a glittering ceremony following the Global Education and Skills Forum, held in Dubai.

This is the fifth world record attempted by students of GEMS Education and the fourth record that they have created.

Paying a tribute to the UAE on National Day, in 2017, GEMS students created the ‘World’s Largest Human Waving National Flag’ and in 2016, created the ‘World’s Largest Transforming Human Image’. In 2015, students created a record for the world’s largest human sentence and in 2014, students of 119 nationalities from GEMS Education sang the UAE national anthem at one time.

About GEMS Education:

GEMS Education is a pioneering education company. Through our schools, consulting practice and our charitable foundation we are advancing education for all. Every day in our schools around the world, we prepare thousands of children of all ages for real world success. We are a catalyst and delivery partner. We work with governments, donor agencies and private clients to improve education systems, and provide vital training for young people in an increasingly competitive world. Through the Varkey Foundation we campaign for, and support initiatives that change lives through education.