• The second World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE – is taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 7-9 December.
WISE is an initiative of Qatar Foundation which has a mission to accelerate human development through education, scientific research and a range of community and cultural initiatives. The Chairperson of Qatar Foundation is Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned.
Under the sub-theme ‘Improving Education Systems’, delegates will explore new models of leadership and curricula, open education and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The Summit’s second sub-theme, ‘Exploring Innovative Trends’, will look at new methods of learning and pedagogical models around the world.
A special Plenary Session on ‘Funding Education’ will deal with new ways to finance and sustain education systems in a period of economic uncertainty.
The delegates represent a wide range of professional backgrounds – academic institutions, international organizations, the public sector, NGOs, private corporations and media, as well as frontline educators.
This year WISE will also include new features such as workshops, an exhibition area and ‘Spotlight’ sessions about outstanding experiences and expertise.
Ensuring that learners also have a voice, 20 students from different parts of the world will report on the Summit’s activities as ‘next-generation’ journalists. Additionally, a live twitter feed will cover this year’s main Summit events.
The WISE network of partnerships ensures that it reaches deep into the international education community.
Current partners are:
• Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF);
• Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU); • International Association of University Presidents (IAUP);
• Institute of International Education (IIE);
• RAND Corporation;
• and a new partner this year United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Speaking ahead of the Summit, Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE commented:
“WISE was established a year ago because we felt that education is the most significant way to empower individuals and societies. All of us will suffer from the global deficit in education, and so it is important to engage all sectors in finding new, relevant and practical solutions. This global diversity and action-oriented approach are the distinguishing features of WISE and a major source of strength.
In our first year, we already have a number of practical achievements on the ground which are making a positive difference to people’s lives in various locations. WISE 2010 will build on these successes. However the challenges are still pressing: today 70 million children have no access to schooling and 800 million adults are illiterate.”
WISE is accessible beyond the Summit through all year collaborations with other events around the world, a partnership with Euronews in the Learning World weekly magazine programme and an enhanced web site.
The new WISE Web TV will feature live streaming of all plenary sessions and archives of all Summit videos as well as videos of major speakers and ‘Eminent Voices’ supporting the WISE initiative such as:
• Shelly Esque, Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Corporate Affairs Group President, Intel Foundation
• Robert B.Zoellick, President, World Bank Group
• Ellen MacArthur, Chair of Trustees – Ellen MacArthur Foundation
• John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design.
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