Major education summit opens in Doha
Doha, December 8, 2010
The second World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a global collaborative initiative established by Qatar Foundation, opened in Doha on Wednesday.
Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, chairman of WISE officially inauguarted the event in the presence of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation.
In an address to the 1,200 delegates, Sheikh Abdulla said: “Our aspiration is to bring together multiple stakeholders and to connect theory with practice, because this kind of collaboration is critical in facing the most urgent and complex issue of our time – Building the future of education.”
WISE brings together leading thinkers and practitioners from academic institutions, the public sector, international organisations, private corporations and voluntary sector from over 100 countries with the aim of raising the status of education as a topical world issue.
Beside the event also seeks new ways to improve both access and quality, and inspiring practical initiatives which will make a real difference to lives of people across the globe.
Lakhdar Brahimi, former Algerian Foreign Minister and veteran UN Envoy, said: “When dealing with a new generation of conflicts around the world and trying to help a country establish and consolidate peace after conflict, education is always a key component of any peace process.”
In a special video message contribution for the WISE Summit, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, said: “From its inception, Wise has understood that knowledge is the foundation of personal success, strong communities, thriving economies and peace, prosperity and progress for all nations."
"Wise knows that the challenge we face in the 21st century is to unite technology with our humanity and to ensure that our newest technologies advance our most cherished values," she added.
As one of the WISE eminent voices, Ellen McArthur, chairman of the Ellen McArthur Trust reminded delegates in a video message that “education is all about preparing the next generation for the journey ahead”.-TradeArabia News Service