The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will reflect Qatar's commitment to addressing a number of pressing issues, influenced by the rapid changes in the world of technology, and the dissemination of successful global experiences and practices in education that respond to and address the challenges of today's world.
Held under the theme of 'UnLearn ReLearn: What it means to be Human', the WISE Summit, which will be held at Qatar National Convention Centre on Wednesday, will give attendees the opportunity to network, collaborate, share effective practices and discover new ideas through interactive plenary sessions, keynote speeches and debates. They attend workshops facilitating partnerships and spotlights presenting projects and innovative practices.
The two-day conference will see the participation of 2,000 experts, speakers, education specialists, decision makers and thought leaders from more than 100 countries will participate in more than 150 plenary sessions and debates that shape the future of education in Qatar and around the world, and identify the behaviors, skills and attributes to be learned and re-acquired in order to achieve the desired prosperity of the 21st century.
The WISE 2019 addresses the pressing issues and current trends facing education, starting with how to relearn the emotional and psychological skills we need to learn, the exchange of views on whether well-being should be taught in schools, to identifying global educational technology trends and their impact on innovation.
It will raise many questions including: Is global citizenship education changing young peoples attitudes towards equality, diversity and tolerance? Can we make language policies that are inclusive and effective for multicultural communities? Are higher education internationalization strategies changing how students travel for study? Can learning ecosystems be enhanced by local players? How can educational leadership be used to elevate schools? How do higher education institutions pursue excellence?
During the opening session of the Summit, the winners of WISE Prize will be announced. Established in 2011 by Her Highness Chairperson of Qatar Foundation Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team of up to six for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education.
The WISE Prize for Education raises the status of education by giving it similar prestige enjoyed in other fields for which international prizes exist, such as literature, peace and economics.
Nominations for the WISE Prize for Education are invited from individuals and institutions, including schools, international organisations and private companies, from anywhere in the world. An international Jury of distinguished individuals makes the final selection of the WISE Prize for Education Laureate who is introduced at the WISE Summit. The Laureate receives the WISE Prize for Education gold medal and $500,000 (US) cash fund dedicated to grow their initiative.
WISE 2019 will also celebrate six WISE 2019 projects, selected from 481 projects that were submitted in recognition and encouragement of innovative educational initiatives worldwide.
Announced in September, the winning projects include Family Business for Education from the UK, Programa Crianca Feliz (Happy Child Program) from Brazil, United World Schools: Teaching the Unreached working in Nepal, Cambodia and Myanmar, Arpan's Personal Safety Education Programme from India, Akilah Institute from Rwanda and Micro:bit Educational Foundation from the UK.
Qualifying projects typically address a number of pressing educational issues, including innovative ways of financing education, providing access to education in remote areas, and providing early childhood programs based on cognitive science.
Each year, the WISE Awards honor six innovative education projects that have successfully overcome global education challenges. Since 2009, the WISE awards have received over 3,700 applications from over 150 countries, of which 66 have so far been awarded to a wide and diverse spectrum of sectors and locations, due to its innovative nature, positive contribution and capacity to accommodate and adapt.
In WISE 2019, eight new research reports will be launched that provide detailed insights and actionable recommendations for education challenges in Qatar and beyond. These reports are of interest to educators, policy makers, school leaders, and parents included topics such as local learning systems, language policies, student well-being, educational leadership, global citizenship education, excellence in higher education, and the mobility of university students across countries. The reports will present their findings and discuss them with the delegates of the conference.
The conference selected eight promising educational technology initiatives to join the WISE Accelerator programme for 2019-2020 and representatives of selected initiatives participated in some of the workshops and specialized lectures during the summit.
In addition, WISE Learners' Voice selected 25 distinguished learners from 19 countries to attend a training course in Doha from 17 - 19 November that includes work-based leadership, development of the Education Unit and participation in a series of collaborative and interactive sessions on WISE communication and social innovation skills topics and partner organizations to increase the impact of their work and collaborate on pressing challenges.
WISE provides a range of programs outside its main Doha summit, including a range of annual initiatives, with this year, for the first time in Qatar, the Doha Learning Days is the first experiential learning festival in Qatar to celebrate a week-long education, with WISE showcasing local initiatives and encouraging the community to participate in its activities.
Over the course of six days, from Nov. 14-19, the experimental festival hosted a large number of sessions, events and activities organized by more than 50 parties and partners locally and internationally, including interactive workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, in addition to sessions on health, and discussions aimed at creating positive change in Qatar's society.
Founded in 2009 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, WISE has undergone remarkable development over the past decade, representing the growth of its global community and transforming it into a vibrant support network of 150,000 people from different disciplines and sciences who firmly believe that education has a prominent role to play in order to address and mitigate the most difficult issues facing the world.
WISE began its journey with a global summit that brought together some 2,000 experts and professionals who share ideas and collaborate to propose creative solutions to address the pressing challenges of education. WISE is dedicated to devising new ways of learning, helping individuals harness their expertise and realizing their thinking to address emerging educational challenges.
Cover image credit: WISE Qatar
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