Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, hailed the role of the recently deceased UAE pioneer educator Mariama Varkey.
“Mariamma Varkey moved to Dubai with her husband in 1959. Driven by an enduring passion for education, she opened dozens of schools with thousands of students inside and outside the UAE. Mariamma recently passed away, leaving behind a legacy of education in the UAE and beyond, ” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
Mariamma was a former teacher from Kerala, India who moved to Dubai with her husband KS Varkey in 1959. They founded Our Own English High School in 1968, the group’s first school which was established by couple’s son Sunny Varkey in 2000.