The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) has selected fourteen projects for 2013 WISE awards final. These projects from around the globe represent some of the best and most creative work being done in education by non-governmental organisations, charity groups, cultural institutions and the private sector.
They demonstrate practical solutions to today’s most urgent education challenges. Selected by a pre-Jury of international education experts, the project finalists showcase unusual approaches to issues of access, quality, and employment needs. They demonstrate that today’s education issues, while varied in their specific contexts, have no borders and represent common global challenges. Projects use a range of technologies in combination with conventional tools to achieve results in many areas including basic literacy and numeracy, student-driven curricula, social and financial support, and entrepreneurial skills. They are closing the gap in access to quality education.
Chairman of WISE and Chairman of the WISE Awards Jury Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani said: “This year’s WISE awards finalist projects are truly inspiring in their creativity and commitment to addressing challenges in education. The projects are from all over the world and are extremely diverse, yet the obstacles they are working to overcome can be found in many places and relate to some of the most difficult problems facing education today. The WISE Awards identify projects that are producing results and showcase them as good practices for others to replicate – promoting change, community by community.”
The finalists were selected based on strict criteria including a project’s quality of innovative thinking, its ability to demonstrate a concrete impact on education in a community, as well as its potential for replication elsewhere.
In September, the WISE Awards Jury of seven education authorities will choose six of the 14 finalists as WISE Awards winning projects. The six projects will be announced and showcased at the 2013 WISE Summit in Doha to be held between October 29 and October 31. Each project will receive $20,000.
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