UPDATE (19 November 2019
Please be advised that all Doha Learning Days’ outdoor activities scheduled to take place at the Qatar Foundation Ceremonial Court and Green Spine today (Tuesday - 19 November) have been cancelled. Official weather reports have forecast thundery rain associated with strong winds today. All offshoot activities being held indoors will continue as scheduled.
WISE Qatar sincerely apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks you for your continued support for Doha Learning Days.
5 November 2019
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) has announced the launch of 'Doha Learning Days (DLD)', Qatar's first experiential learning festival, from 14 to 19 November 2019 at Education City’s Ceremonial Court and Green-Spine. This unique festival will take place in collaboration with more than 50 local organisation and innovators which include Torba Market, Qatar Reads, Kaffeinated and Vishnu Yoga, and the participation of partners: ExxonMobil Qatar, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar Rail.
Designed to be a space for incubation and a catalyst for innovation in education, DLD will offer the community unique opportunities for active learning, experiential learning and reflection ahead of the 2019 WISE Summit: 'UnLearn, ReLearn: What it means to be Human’ that follows a week later. It will offer a wide range of unique activities for every member of the local community; from mothers, to athletes, to entrepreneurs, and university students.
DLD will include activities that range from coding labs, wellness master classes, sensorial experiences, drumming, photography exhibitions and workshops, leadership master classes, hands-on science classes, to LEGO Serious Play sessions, and many more.
In a recent press conference, WISE CEO Stavros N. Yiannouka had the following to say:
"At WISE, we focus on dialogue and conversation amongst a global community of educators, and this year were reflecting a commitment to take the Summit into the heart of our diverse community where our learners and educators can gain from our efforts and those of our partners to link education and innovation to help us build thriving societies.
"We are very proud and extremely grateful to have like-minded partners by our side for this years WISE Summit and DLD."
At the same press conference, His Excellency (H.E.) Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi emphasised the importance the Ministry places on partnerships with initiatives such as WISE.
"The WISE Summit reflects the importance that our wise leadership places on education, and its persistent commitment to its development by welcoming world-class experiences and transferring them to our schools, and within our classrooms. This enhances our utilization of interdisciplinary methodologies and improves our educational outcomes, enabling our students to compete at international universities, thereby contributing to our human development pillar and the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030."
At the press conference, Senior Advisor Government and Public Affairs at ExxonMobil Qatar Mohammed Al Hashimi confirmed the company's commitment towards the World Innovation Summit for Education 2019 and its education festival - DLD - which is an important event that presents the local community with an exciting opportunity to engage in innovative and meaningful activities to help them explore education.
He went on to say:
"DLD is an important event that presents the local community with an exciting opportunity to engage in innovative and meaningful activities to help them explore education. Education is the fundamental building block of individual opportunity and economic growth. - by supporting programmes that improve teaching and learning in these key areas, we're dedicated to making a difference in our children's lives and their future."
The partnership between WISE and ExxonMobil Qatar shows their commitment to Qatar and the Qatar National Vision 2030 by focussing their efforts on advancing education in the country. ExxonMobil Qatar already has a national plan that helps the advancement of education in Qatar, especially in the fields of engineering, math (STEM), science and technology, in collaboration with some of the key community partners in Qatar.
At the press conference Chief of Strategy and Business Development of Qatar Rail Ajlan Eid Al Enazi highlighted the company's role in educating the community, and what it hopes to achieve in cooperation with WISE and its learning festival - DLD.
This is what he had to say:
"We are committed to developing education in Qatar in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in cooperation with leading educational institutions in the State of Qatar, which allows us to reach a wide segment of the student community. Qatar Rail aims to encourage students to be creative, innovative, and link theoretical concepts and general knowledge with the practical side. Through our endeavors, we seek to introduce students to the railway industry, which will pave the way to the future development of national capacities in this new area."
Under the leadership of its Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Qatar Foundation established the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in 2009. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. WISE has established itself as a global reference in new approaches to education. Through both the biennial Summit and a range of ongoing programs WISE is promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration.
The thrust for constant innovation has long prevailed in sectors such as technology and healthcare, but education has generally lacked this approach in both policy making and in the classroom. Moreover education is key to addressing the toughest challenges facing communities around the world today – poverty, conflict, inequality, unemployment, environmental sustainability and future challenges. But there is a widening gap between the education systems currently in place and those required to meet the needs of future generations.
WISE is a response to the necessity of revitalizing education and providing a global platform for the development of new ideas and solutions. Since 2009, WISE has evolved into a thriving global, multi-sectoral community, which continues to generate fruitful dialogue and productive partnerships. The WISE community is a network of education stakeholders - from students to decision-makers - from about 200 countries who share ideas and collaborate to seek creative solutions to solve challenges facing education.
Time: Sunday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm; Friday: 3 pm - 9:30 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 8:30 pm
Location: Ceremonial Court, Education City, Ar Rayyan, Doha - Qatar
DLD programme schedule: For the complete programme of the Doha Learning Days across all six days, click here: https://www.wise-qatar.org/app/uploads/2019/10/program_dld.pdf
Registration: Interested participants can register via: https://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-2019/doha-learning-days/
Cover image credit: WISE Qatar
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