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Posted On: 6 November 2019 02:16 pm

Aspiring leaders in education from 19 countries to meet in Qatar

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WISE has selected 25 outstanding learners from 19 countries as the 2019-2020 cohort of the WISE Learners’ Voice program.

Selected from a diverse pool of applicants, who demonstrated their commitment to the field of education through their academic, professional and/or personal work, the cohort will convene for an in-person residential session in Doha from November 17-19, 2019, to participate in an action-based leadership and educational development module.

In addition to completing the residential training, fellows will participate in the WISE Summit 2019 to share their views and creative energies in addressing pressing global education issues and challenges.

Selected Canadian fellow, Moiz Lakhani, a current student at McMaster University in Canada, said: “I’m ecstatic to be part of the WISE Learners’ Voice program as it will provide me with a platform to engage with policymakers and educators in the field of education.

“I will also have the opportunity to voice my ideas and perspectives on the field of education at an international level. I hope to work closely with the WISE community to rethink and design the future of education, and to one day take on a leading role in this field.”

Participants will engage in a series of collaborative and interactive modules on topics ranging from communication skills to social innovation, delivered by WISE and partner organizations, to increase the impact of their work and collaborate on pressing challenges.

Jasmin Higo, another selected fellow, who has been involved in educational and mentorship projects in Germany, Malaysia, the United States, and Ethiopia, said: “By offering the WISE Learners' Voice program, young leaders from all over the world are able to find solutions to the toughest educational challenges facing communities around the world. I hope to benefit from the knowledge and experience of this program and adapt them to my own community.”

Through the program, WISE aims to support and elevate the work of promising young leaders in education by developing young talent within their communities.

The Learners’ Voice program aims to bring the perspectives of young people to the challenge of rethinking education and equips them to take on leading roles in their fields and in the world of education. The program is based on the idea that when learners are co-creators of their learning environments, they become active participants invested as stakeholders in the progress of their communities. The program focuses on building knowledge of education, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication skills.

Source: Press release