Fourteen educational projects from across the globe were shortlisted for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards 2013 which will be announced in September. WISE is a global forum dedicated to innovative practices in education and to inspiring collaborative solutions to education challenges.
Elige Educar (Chile), Immersed in Creativity (Taiwan), Radiophone (India), Student Bank Project (Thailand), Charity School for the Children of Migrant Workers (China), SAT or Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Nicaragua), PEAS or Promoting Equality in African Schools (Uganda and Zambia), Pathways to Education (Canada), Te Kotahitanga (New Zealand), Studio Schools (UK), Medersat.com (Morocco), Alison (Ireland), The Mobile Solar Computer Classroom (Uganda) and iThra Youth Initiative (Saudi Arabia) are the shortlisted projects.
The 2013 WISE Summit will be convening October 29-31 in Doha and the winners will presented the awards and $20,000 each.
The projects focus on diverse areas of education and it reflect the limitations of education in the remote areas as well as the efforts to overcome them.
Elige Educar aims to dignify the profession of schoolteachers in the public eye and invite talented students to enter the field.
Immersed in Creativity trains the students to become creative global citizens through exposure to art and culture. Radiophone uses technology to provide literacy and numeracy skills to marginalised pupil.
Student Bank Project aims to economic empowerment of marginalised youth through training classes and an online banking system. Charity School for the Children of Migrant Workers is the first effort in China to provide education for migrant children by establishing low-cost educational opportunities. Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial is a non-formal education programme allowing marginalised rural students to complete secondary education through local economic development.
Te Kotahitanga is a project which addresses the national challenge of the continuing social, economic and political disparities between the descendents of the Anglo-European people and the indigenous Maoris in New Zealand.
Alison provides high-quality unpaid education via interactive, self-paced multimedia. Mobile Solar Computer Classroom provides ICT and computer training in schools and communities in Uganda that lack the resources to acquire such services. iThra Youth Initiative hands-on education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to young people.
WISE was established in 2009 by Qatar Foundation (QF) and is a dynamic and action oriented initiative where thought leaders, experts, policy makers and practitioners from all sectors connect to think, debate and plan purposeful action in building the future of education.
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