His Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), attended on Wednesday evening the presentation session of the winning projects of the 2019 WISE Awards, in the framework of the ninth edition of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE 2019) which is taking place in Qatar National Convention Centre over two days.
The session, which was attended by Her Excellency (H.E.) Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, H.E. the First Lady of Paraguay Silvana Lopez Moreira and a number of QF officials, celebrated the six innovative educational projects that have successfully addressed a range of global education challenges.
Director of the Research Department at WISE Dr. Asmaa Al Fadala presented the awards to the winning projects which were selected out of 15 projects nominated from 481 projects submitted for the awards.
The winning projects for the 2019 WISE Awards are Family Business for Education Foundation from the United Kingdom; The United World Schools which are operating in Nepal, Myanmar and Cambodia; the Micro:bit Educational Foundation; the Project Happy Child from Brazil; Arpan's Personal Safety Education Programme from India; and Akilah Institute from Rwanda.
The projects tackle a number of pressing issues including innovative ways of financing education, providing access to education in remote areas, promoting coding education, providing early childhood programs based on cognitive science, enhancing children's safety to eliminate physical abuse, and providing practical skills-based education.
An independent evaluation of the 15 qualifiers was conducted where a team of experts evaluated the qualifying projects according to strict criteria which include that the projects must prove to be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.
Following the presentation of the awards, nominations for the 2020 WISE Awards was opened and applications will continue to be received until January. The finalists for the 2010 WISE Awards will be announced in May 2020 and the winning projects will be announced in October 2020.
Cover image credit: H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
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