Jury named for world’s first major international prize for education

March 29, 2011

Two Americans, one Indian, one South African and one Qatari will select the winner of the world’s first major international prize for education.

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Prize for Education laureate will be named at WISE 2011 in November.

Dr James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress; US, Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, US; Fatma Rafiq Zakaria, Chairman of the Maulana Azad Educational Trust, India; Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, MP, South Africa and Shaikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of WISE, Qatar Foundation, will award the $500,000 prize to an individual or team for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education, organisers said.

“The Laureate’s achievements should have had a significant, lasting impact upon education at any level, and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach,” they said. “The prize will support the WISE mission of raising the status of education internationally by establishing an award of similar standing to those that already exist in other fields such as science, literature, peace and economics.”

Individuals and institutions such as universities, schools, non-governmental organisations, teachers’ organisations, the media and private corporations have until the end of April to submit nominations.

From mid-July to mid-September, the jury will examine the candidacies of 15 finalists pre-selected by a committee responsible for screening all submissions.

“As Chairman of the jury, I am pleased to welcome this group of eminent people to form the WISE Prize for Education Jury,” Shaikh Abdullah said. “They have been selected because of their international vision, professional achievements and expertise. I believe their rich experience and diverse competencies will enable us to identify a Laureate of the highest calibre, and the WISE Prize for Education will become the world standard for achievement in this field.”

Qatar Foundation inaugurated WISE in 2009 to “harness the knowledge, skills and experience of multiple stakeholders in addressing the challenges facing 21st century education.”

The WISE 2011 Summit will be held in Doha from November 1 to 3.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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