11 Apr 2018 – 10:30

12 finalists for WISE Awards

The picture shows Girls Summit for the Malala Fund, organised by the Girls Center for Education held in Zaria, northern Nigeria in November 2016.

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Doha: The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has announced 12 finalists for its 2018 WISE Awards. Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative projects from across the world that address global educational challenges.

The chosen projects tackle pressing educational issues including girls’ education, early childhood education, refugee crises, cultural exchange, citizenship values, mother tongue literacy, youth employment, entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, deaf education, enhancing teacher motivation, and stimulating critical and creative thinking.

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Stavros N Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said: “Each of the 2018 WISE Awards finalists has constructed an effective and tested solution to a global educational challenge. Whether it’s ensuring fundamental education for refugees or creating the next generation of empathetic and conscious leaders, each project is already transforming lives, and provides an inspirational model for others to adopt. This is vital to our mission at WISE, which centers on collaboration.”

The 2018 WISE Awards finalists are,Safe Space Club for Girls, Nigeria; Technology-Based Deaf Education, Pakistan; 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program, Canada; Generation, USA; Life Project 4 Youth, France; Ghata, Lebanon; TAK-TAK-TAK, Mexico; African Children’s Stories, Australia; Partners for Possibility, South Africa; ANEER (Action National pour l’Éducation de la petite Enfance en zone Rurale), Morocco; StoryWeaver, India; and One Village One Preschool, China.

The finalists were evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

The WISE Awards winning projects will be announced in July and celebrated at WISE@NY in New York, USA, on September 22. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each winning project will receive $20,000.