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Foundation announces Wise award winners

Doha, October 11, 2009

Qatar Foundation, initiator of the first ever World Innovation Summit for Education – (Wise), has announced the six winners of the Wise Awards 2009 – Innovative Education Practice Awards.

The winners  Awards capture the spirit and ethos of Qatar Foundation’s new international educational initiative and aim to showcase, at a worldwide level, pioneering education-related projects that foster distinctive cross-educational collaboration. For this first edition, the contest was intended to reward concrete achievements across three categories, aligned with the summit’s main themes: pluralism, sustainability and innovation.

The six winners have been chosen following a highly-competitive process that attracted widespread interest globally and generated a total of 588 entries, out of 6,000 downloaded applications.

“The submissions received for the Wise Awards give us a glimpse of the insightful and high-quality debates we can expect on education in Doha this November during Wise,” stated Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, chairman of Wise, vice president of Education, Qatar Foundation and chairman of the Wise Awards International Jury.

The six laureates will be honoured at the first ever World Innovation Summit for Education, taking place in Doha from November 16 to 18, during the gala dinner to be held on the evening of November 17. Each winner will receive a prize of $20,000.

Wise Awards 2009 winners
For the ‘Pluralism’ category:

- Name: Sheetal Mehta; Country: India
Project: “Project Nanhi Kali”
Profile: A collaborative, national child sponsorship project to ensure that under-privileged girls in India receive 10 years of continuous, quality education.

- Name: Vicky Colbert; Country: Colombia
Project: “Escuela Nueva”
Profile: A child-centered, community-based educational program making schools and schooling a new enterprise led by teachers.

- For the ‘Sustainability’ category
Name: Martin Burt; Country: Paraguay
Project: “The Financially Self-P”
Profile: Transforming sons and daughters of chronically-poor farmers into 'rural entrepreneurs,' integrating the teaching of high-school subjects with the running of 17 small-scale rural enterprises, and covering the school’s operating costs as a result.

- Name: Joyce Dongotey-Padi; Country: Ghana
Project: 'Widows Alliance Network (WANE) for Sustainable Economic Development in Ghana”
Profile: A network designed to emancipate and empower widows through employment skills, human rights education, reproductive health and social integration programmes.

- For the ‘Innovation’ category
Name: Peter Levy; Country: USA
Project: “Curriki”
Profile: A Web 2.0-based platform that provides users with free tools and services necessary to develop, aggregate, evaluate and support Open Educational Resources (OER).

- Name: Delio Morais; Country: Brazil
Project: “Distance Learning in the Amazon Forest”
Profile: An interactive distance learning solution that transmits and receives live, two-way audio/visual classes to 25,000 students in 700 classrooms across 300 schools in the State of Amazonas.-TradeArabia News Service




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