Wise calls for submission of Qatar education initiatives

April 16, 2012

Project holders in any sector and at any level of education have been invited to apply for the 2012 World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) Awards.

The Doha-based event will reward the top six successful projects at the 2012 Wise Summit from November 13 to 15, organisers said.

“Under the theme Transforming Education the 2012 Wise Awards will recognise six projects for their concrete, positive impact upon society,” they said. “These winning projects gain global visibility and receive a prize of $20,000. One of the 2012 Wise Awards will be for a project that has best delivered innovative financing of primary education.”

Now in their Fourth year, the Wise Awards recognise and spotlight innovative educational projects from around the world, and from all educational sectors, which have had a transformative impact upon education and society, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

Applications are open until May 31. A panel will examine the applications and 24 finalists will be announced in July. A jury of leading educational experts will then select the six most innovative projects. The winners of the WiseE Awards 2012 will be announced in September.

The winning projects will be showcased at the annual Wise Summit and they will benefit from substantial media visibility, helping promote their achievements and developments.

“Over the last three years we have received very impressive applications for the Wise Awards which are having an outstanding impact on peoples lives around the world,” said Shaikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of Wise and Chairman of the Wise Awards Jury. “Great innovations need to be recognized and made accessible to all so that they can be expanded, adapted and replicated, and can inspire and benefit other communities.”

Ayla Goksel, CEO of Mother Child Education Programme and 2010 Wise Award winner,  said that the Wise Award had increased their exposure internationally as they developed further relations with UN agencies and have received requests for partnerships from other countries.

“We also learned tremendously from other innovative projects and individuals recognised within the Wise network,” Ayla said, quoted by QNA.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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