QF hosts first innovation summit for education
New York, May 20, 2009
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is gearing up to host the first ever 'World Innovation Summit for Education' (WISE) in Doha from November 16 to 19.
The Wise summit, dedicated to monitoring the specific impact of 21st century challenges on education, will also feature the inaugural Wise Awards 2009 - Innovative Education Practice Awards.
Highlighting the importance of the awards, Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Wise chairman and vice president of Education, Qatar Foundation, said, 'For the first edition, the Wise Awards 2009 will honor innovative, education-related projects and initiatives - tools, practices or processes - that have fostered cross-educational collaboration.'
'The Wise Awards are focused on rewarding a total of six concrete achievements from around the world across three categories aligned with the forum's main themes - Pluralism, Sustainability and Innovation,' he added.
*Pluralism - 'Educational activities that explicitly generate greater respect and understanding between communities, enhance diversity, or increase access to and equality in education.'
*Sustainability - 'Initiatives that offer new approaches to educational sustainability (through appropriate funding mechanisms, good governance, suitable accreditation and quality control structure) thereby contributing to the creation of sustainable global societies.'
*Innovation: 'Educational activities that use information and communication technologies and other innovative means to generate new and exciting opportunities for access and delivery of learning content that better enable people to face the diversity of today's challenges.'
The Qatar Foundation has invited online submissions at www.wise-qatar.org/en/awards from both individuals and teams. The deadline for applications is July 15.
'All applications - to be submitted in English - are welcome from all sectors of education and all types of organizations located anywhere in the world. It must be endorsed by a senior officer of a relevant organization,' it added.
A total of 45 short-listed applications (15 in each category) will be reviewed by an International Jury, consisting of 10 of the world's leading experts in pluralism, sustainability and innovation in education, drawn from public institutions, civil society, the private sector, international organizations, universities and social entrepreneurs.
An official awards ceremony to be held on November 17 during the Wise Summit will officially announce the six Wise Award winners.
Each recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 and the award winning projects will be showcased during the summit, the Qatar Foundation added.-TradeArabia News Service