The WISE initiative – Building the future of education

Published September 26th, 2010 - 11:53 GMT

 The WISE Initiative: Building bridges with other education-related forums; The WISE Awards; A series of educational documentaries in partnership with Euronews; and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, 7-9 December 2010

Doha, Qatar, 26 September 2010: Since its inauguration in 2009, the World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE – has been expanding dialogue among educational stakeholders and reaching beyond the traditional circles of the academic community to share ideas, mobilise people and implement specific initiatives. WISE is committed to pursuing this mission on a long-term basis.

Creating new synergies since WISE 2009: Participating in and contributing to the educational community

WISE has been creating new synergies around the world, putting words into action and giving fresh momentum to the global debate on education. For example, WISE has been following up on the 10 Strategic Priorities for global education that emerged from the last Summit by taking part in education-related forums throughout the world:

•April 2010. Strategic Priority No. 6 “Extending Dialogue on Reconciliation”: WISE interviewed key opinion-leaders on this subject at the Conference of Executive Heads, held by the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Cape Town.  •June 2010. WISE organised a debate on “The influence of the media and their potential contribution to learning creative skills” at the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth in Karlstad, Sweden. This was linked to WISE Strategic Priority No. 8, “Innovating new ways to learn”. •On 21 and 22 September 2010, Chairman of WISE Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, alongside Qatar’s Minister of Education, is joining forces with The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation - ALECSO, the World Bank and Qatar Foundation for The Ministerial Colloquium on Quality of Education in the Arab World in Doha, Qatar. This is linked to WISE Strategic Priority No. 1, “Access to quality education”. 

WISE newsflash: Continuing the year-round activities of WISE on the international scene

•September 2010: Euronews in partnership with WISE Launch Learning World, a weekly magazine on education;•October 2010: Inauguration of the first Institute for Education Leadership;•November 2010: Announcement of the 2010 WISE Awards laureates;•December 2010: Second WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar, 7-9 December. 


Euronews in partnership with WISE Launch Learning World: Raising the importance of education in the collective consciousness 
Learning World by Euronews in partnership with WISE, an educational magazine programme conceived to reach out to the general public and raise awareness of the vital importance of education.Starting 24 September 2010, Euronews will broadcast a series of 52 weekly 8-minute programmes, in 10 languages, on educational subjects from around the globe.

WISE believes the media are key stakeholders who can help build the future of education in the years to come. The 2010 WISE Summit will feature a session dedicated to “New Perspectives for the Media in 21st-Century Education”. Further collaborative activities with the media are expected.

Date set for the first Institute for Education Leadership: Guiding the next generation of educational leaders
Following the announcement in 2009 of the 10 Strategic Priorities for education, WISE will conduct the first Institute for Education Leadership on 18-21 October in Doha, Qatar, with an intake of 15 newly-appointed educational leaders from all levels, mainly from the developing world. The Institute for Education Leadership will subsequently offer training seminars around the world.

WISE Awards 2010: Highlighting and spreading good practices in education
WISE has an ongoing commitment to bringing about concrete results. Each year, the WISE Awards showcase and reward six of the best innovative educational projects from around the world, which are monitored and supported on a continuing basis. Some of these projects, such as the Escuela Nueva pedagogical model in Colombia, have proved highly replicable on an international scale and are therefore shining examples of the spread of good practices. In response to the 2010 theme, “Transforming Education: Investment, Innovation and Inclusion”, a total of 378 applications were received from 89 countries, from which 30 finalists were chosen. The variety of these projects demonstrates the scope of WISE, spanning all educational sectors, from cutting-edge research universities to practical solutions for students in the developing world. A distinguished international jury will select the six laureates under the chairmanship of Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani.

The 2010 WISE Summit: Bringing together more than 1,000 speakers and delegates in Doha, Qatar, 7-9 December.

·       The full programme consists of five Plenary Sessions and 20 Breakout Sessions in which more than 75 thought-leaders will speak.
·       The Summit will address the theme of “Improving Education Systems”, seeking solutions through – for example – new models of leadership, curricula and open education, and multistakeholder partnerships.
·       The second theme of the Summit is “Exploring Innovative Trends”. Some of these trends are radical and very promising, ranging from developments in cognitive science and the social media to innovative teaching methods in poor countries using mobile devices.
·       A special Plenary Session on Funding Education is very topical at this time of global economic crisis. One of the speakers will be Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, an organisation which has recently become an official WISE Partner.

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