Wise Awards winners announced
Doha, October 2, 2011
Six projects have been selected for the Wise Awards by a jury appointed by the World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise).
The awardees were chosen on the basis of their efficiency, replicability, local adaptability, measurability and economic sustainability.
The jury picked the winners after viewing their projects themed, Transforming Education: Innovation, Investment and Inclusion.
They winners are: BBC Janala (providing English language lessons through mobile services), Connexions (sharing educational materials through an open source platform), Creative Partnerships (developing the creative skills of young people), Al Jisr School (involving the business sector in order to improve the quality of education), SuenaLetras (supporting literacy learning for children with hearing disabilities), and Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa - Tessa (improving teacher education in Sub-Saharan Africa).
Wise Awards gave an overview of the main trends in innovative education practices including, increased use of Information Communications Technology (ICT), multi-media approaches and a focus on open-source platforms, spread of holistic, comprehensive learning approaches to ensure sustainability, and emergence of inter-sectoral and multi-stake holder strategies involving public-private partnerships.
Commenting on the winning projects, Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, chairman of Wise and Wise Awards Jury, said: "Innovation is crucial for continuing to improve both access to and quality of education.”
“The Wise Awards aim to showcase inspiring projects and give them the exposure they deserve, and the winners have often had to overcome pre-conceived ideas and find creative solutions to break down barriers to innovation in education,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service