humanity's last best chance cop26 xglasgow.com econonistdiary.com - collaborations welcome chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk 2025report.com entrepreneurialrevolution.city -civilisation is race between education & catastrophe -hg wells
Happy Easter 2021 --special thanks Japan for 60th year of inspiring JFK dialogue what can English speaking world and youth learn from human development of two thirds of our species living in Asia?...change education's 20 happiest ideas 2021-1984(2025report.com)

categories:
2021.0 cooperation promises un and others to review at december year end summit - learning passports (fore unicef), every school satellite mapped (for unicef), korea shares its transformation model with world (gordon brown)
2021.1 college coalition that values sdg generation
2021.2 in blended ai education student owns skills certificate
2021.3 story of how new zealand's learning web flipped china education
2021.4 13th year updates of half of all youth unemployable unless -
+1 240 316 8157 chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk -here are some twitter edu lists where we search for edu tranformation
2021.4.1 - coding is like music, sports, maths genii- more personalised experiential learning more genius - data Csikszentmihalyi
2021.4.2 see what singapore means by ai curriculum for every grade- there isnt a livelihood that wont change in 2020s as ai takes over real time operational platforms of sustainability goals - see aiforgood
2021.5 end forced sequence of edu- from 10+ true education designed round : last 2 years child expected at school to bridge apprenticeship in real world; and lifelong returnability
2021.6 every parent/community can gain from benchmark abed pre-school and abed primary - the 2 largest non gov edu franchises in the world
2021.7 ways communities can take back engaged schools: servive learning -american intlschools- barcelona &; dual language scools - jaumont alumni; reverse mentoring by children- eg global dream kids can help illiterated adults rad during one summer vacation; taiwans reverse mentoring - tech wizard youth paired with mentoring goverment ministers- part of how taiwan stayed covid free nation
2021.8 year 13 of nearly free nursing college blends with where did nations learn from covid about last mile health servants shortages
2021.9 TOP 10 missing curricula of millennials as first sd generation- there's agreement on most missing curricula-but not what education system design needed- eg world needs hundreds of millions more last mile health servants but that begins with peer to per adolescent health-an exactly opposite system to hi cost endless exam systems of medics training usa
2020.10 americas forbidden conversations - what does most of nordica mean by we have no bad schools, we dont do standard exams; we dont do lots of homework- we do community engagement as major process of teens education ... that conversation needs to becomes as popular as sports in usa -
2021.11 propostion led by un envoy of education friends -would you willingly go for brain surgery to a place that hasnt changed its systems for 200 years- but thats what we do in sending kids to the "classrom"
2021.12 - what will worlds fav living educator jack ma do next-
4 years ago jacks promise to return to celebrating edu full time after a 24 year absence as one of world's 2 biggest market sounded fun- aliba would lead olympics sponsors through 20s- as jack sad markets such as sports education arts health green cant be reached by mainly commerce platforms- youth ai platforms can- then covid destroyed japans happiest ever relaunch of youth's purpose, and masa son refinanced selling out jack as hs main profitable asset, and the blockchain work jack had started with beijings end poverty policy makers became too hot for ant to handle; meanwhile gutteres and gates took over ma's digital finance cooperation recommendations - hidden away jack ha several universities that are still on the up -the entrepreneur uni at hangzhou; the train africa coding wizards in partnership with kenyan who ran unctad; the superai research faculty of damo- some old notes at alibabauni.com
2021.13 what will bezos do next? we understand his university partnership have increasingly become amazon corporate university so execs update skills every 3 years- but couldnt his foundations leak such curricula to an open university coalition- and is bezos the richest man not to connect edu in dev world?
2017- the year that education changed the economics of everyone why can't UN design modula sdg livelihoods curricula
2018 - YouthWorldAffairs -what if new york suburbs such as amazon hq2.2 rated by sustainability goals generation world class at jobs-connecting education as well as investment banking and media - join our meetings preparing before and after collaborations with WISE@UNGA UN sept 2018
-help map education and sustainability's 7 most wonderful summits for under 30s at www.valuetrue.com xmas 2017 puzzle is it possible to blockchain the world carbon emissions market? summit debrief wise paris march 2019 - fast tracks 09
China's greatest Job Creator; Jack Ma 1 2 -Wise@beijing

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ghana

H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg (Co-Chair)
H.E. Mrs. Erna Solberg (Co-Chair)Prime Minister of Norwayco-chair emminentedu commission  Bio






H.E. Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Co-Chair)
H.E. Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Co-Chair)President of Ghanaun eminents co-chailtwittersee kagame meet



















Dr. Patrick G. Jr Awuah
ASHESI UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Founder & President
Ghana

Biography
Patrick Awuah is the founder and president of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation as one of Ghana’s finest institutions of higher learning. Patrick left Ghana in 1985 when Swarthmore accepted him on a near-full scholarship. In 2001, after living in America for almost two decades, Patrick Awuah returned to Ghana. Before founding Ashesi University, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Babson College. In recognition of his service to Ghana, Patrick was awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor in July 2007. The Order of the Volta is one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country. He has won many prestigious international awards including the 2015 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award for his work as a leader in Ghanaian education, an Elon Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership from Elon University and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and the MacArthur Fellowship and the McNulty Prize. In 2015, Patrick was named one the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune Magazine. He has also twice been recognized by a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of Ghanaian CEOs as one of the ten most respected CEOs in Ghana. In December 2015, Patrick was recognized by Africa Leadership Initiative — West Africa (ALIWA) as a “Genius Fellow” an honour reserved for only 20 people around the world. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.
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Mr. Daniel Dotse
TEACH FOR GHANA
CEO
Ghana

Biography
Daniel Dotse is the founder and CEO of Teach For Ghana, a leadership development and network organization building a movement of leaders to expand educational opportunity to all children in Ghana. With Teach For Ghana, Daniel hopes to help build a country where every child has access to an excellent education. Before establishing Teach for Ghana, Daniel worked as a biotechnologist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in New York. Daniel studied biomedical engineering at Cornell University.

Mr. Ebenezer G. Buckman
Ashesi University College
Associate Director, External Relations & Special Assistant to the President
Ghana

Biography
In his current role at Ashesi, Ebenezer plays a key role in growing philanthropic support for the university’s mission. He is also responsible for driving implementation of special projects initiated by the Office of the President, as well as coordinating all external communications to support the university’s work. He is an Ashesi alumnus, having graduated with his Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems; he also holds a Masters in Corporate Communications degree from IE Business School in Spain.
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Ms Naa Ayeleysa Quaynor-Mettle
INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENTS STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
Chevening-GUBA Scholar/Ambassador 
Ghana

Biography
Naa Ayeleysa Quaynor-Mettle is a 2016/2017 Chevening Scholar. She holds Masters in Globalisation, Business and Development Studies from the prestigious Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. Naa is a proud WISE 2011 Learner and was invited back in 2012 as WISE speaker. During her research at IDS, Naa investigated the effectiveness of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes in relation to its contribution to job creation. She also looked into how to finance solar energy using blended finance as constant power supply massively contributes to Africa’s human development. That said, Naa is incredibly passionate about education especially TVET because she believes it’s a critical tool that young people can harness to unlock their potential and develop at optimal levels. She is keen on using education and media communication as tools for (youth) Development. She believes that effective delivery of Technical and Vocational Education training has the potential to address the gaps in education globally. To this end, Naa is developing career, leadership and capacity building programs with the Future of Africa Awards and GUBA Careers 2018, which will allow young people to leverage on such opportunities to become more employable thereby achieving financial independence. When she is not researching on TVET effectiveness or how to finance renewables(solar) energy in Africa, she loves to mentor young people, hosting events as well as her radio show, which gives young people a voice while taking West Africa’s Afrobeats to the world, or simply baking and decorating cakes! Learn more here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/naaquaynormettle/
Mr. Dominic Macavoray
MOVEMENT FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S RIGHT ORGANISATION
Founder and Director 
Ghana

Biography
My name is Dominic Maada Macavoray, the Founder and Managing Director of the Movement for youth and Children's Right organization. We advocate for child rights and youth development. I have worked with IEARN Sierra Leone-an organization that uses ICT to help young people tell their stories across the globe, especially those affected by the past Sierra Leone civil war. Worked as Volunteer for War Child Holland Sierra Leone program, Founded and coordinated the World Voices Sierra Leone youth project- a funded project by the Norwegian youth council in Norway from 2003 to 2006. A Nonviolence communication scholar from the Nonviolent Communication NM, USA 2009, an Education Campaigner in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Taiwan, Japan, Zimbabwe and Kenya-the (Education For All Dream campaign). A recognized Education activist who has conducted various Education lectures at the Dominican International School Taiwan and the National Taiwan University served as a Project coordinator- Stand for Peace youth project 2016 during the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Ghana. Current Head of Mission- MYCRO Sierra Leone Food Bank- The Foodbank project develops creative strategies that combat Hunger- the MYCRO Sierra Leone Food Bank is a sister organisation of the Egyptian Foodbank in Egypt and the Regional Food Banking Network. A child Rights activist with passion in Child Development.
Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi
MAMA ZIMBI FOUNDATION (MZF)
Founder & Executive Director
Ghana


Biography
Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi (Known in public life as Akumaa Mama Zimbi) is a Ghanaian women's rights leader, television and radio talk show host, actress, philanthropist, sex educator, relationship expert and marriage counselor committed to enhancing the status of underprivileged women in Ghana and reviving broken marriages. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), a non-governmental organization which seeks to empower and support thousands of widows through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project, and also involve in the issues of adolescents (Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health). Mama Zimbi has won several national and international honours and awards which includes the 2009 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award Laureate for Sustainability, International Humanitarian of the Year Award, and EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education.

Mr. Vincent Nhyira-Addo
MULTIMEDIA GROUP LIMITED (JOY 99.7 FM)
Head of Talk & Thought Leadership
Ghana
Domains of expertise
Branding and Position 

Biography
Nhyira Addo is a Broadcast Journalist, Branding Consultant, Corporate Training Facilitator & Creative Entrepreneur He's driven by a keen passion to learn and serve. Nhyira is a passionate entrepreneur with a career spanning over 17 years in Radio Sales, AudioVisual Content Production, Multimedia Production Architecture and Management, Internet Content Development, Computer Security Sales, Project Management and Strategic Business Consulting. He is currently the Head of Talk Programs and Thought Leadership at Joy 99.7 FM, a subsidiary of Ghana's most credible media brand Multimedia Group. Nhyira's interests lie in Child & Women's Health, Cause Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Education, Energy and Development. He's fondly called the Rainmaker because of his belief that everyone is cre- ated with unique abilities that can solve the world's problems. To him we're all rainmakers!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Accra, 12 December 2017 - Yesterday, President Paul Kagame and his Ghanaian counterpart Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo spoke at an ongoing high-level Africa roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two leaders discussed what is needed for developing countries to achieve SDGs.
The two-day gathering is hosted by President Akufo-Addo, who co-chairs the Eminent Group of Advocates, along with Norway Premier Erna Solberg. 
Below is President Kagame's speech at the roundtable:
Good morning.
It’s a great pleasure for me to join you, Mr. President for this event, here in Accra. I would like to start by thanking you, for the invitation to participate in this important discussion, and the warm hospitality accorded to us.
I also wish to commend you, Mr President, and co-chair, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, for your service leading the UN Secretary General’s Eminent Group of Advocates.
There are two main aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, that i will talk about, that constitute an improvement from our experience with the Millennium Development Goals.
We can take better advantage of these, as we work to reach the new targets, and transform the lives of our people.
First, is the strong emphasis on the private sector as an engine to eliminate poverty and create wealth, objectives that are at the heart of most of our national plans.
Integrating the SDGs into these plans, and ensuring their implementation, cannot be successfully achieved, by government alone.
This is why strong collaboration with the private sector, throughout the process, is critical, for reaching a win-win situation.
For example, the financing gaps for major projects, can be filled by private sector investment, through appropriate de-risking mechanisms, provided by the public sector and other partners.
Secondly, we now have an ambitious development framework to engage all countries, rather than just developing ones, especially knowing that there are cross cutting issues that affect everyone and every  country.
This provides new scope for productive global partnerships and learning. This could include reaching consensus on how to measure progress, and support implementation, in ways that are most relevant, for our respective national contexts.
Rwanda will continue to collaborate with partner states, particularly through the SDG Centre for Africa, which we are happy to host in Kigali. And Mr President, I wanted to thank you for your support on that as well.
The centre was established to facilitate coordination and advocacy, and help us all build capacity to implement the SDGs. I invite you all to use and support it, as we support our continent.
Mr. President, distinguished audience, I would like to once again thank you for your kind attention, and I look forward to further discussion today.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

WISE AT BEIJING

WISE AT BEIJING - ENGLISH VERSION OF PROGRAM HELD NOV 2016 - QUERIES ON CONNECTIOMS WELCOME CHRIS.MACRAE@YAHOO.CO.UK


INNOVATING FOR EQUITY

 Welcome Address by Ms Wu Qidi Former Vice Minister of Education of China 

Welcome Address by Mr Gao Youzhen Former Chinese Ambassador to Qatar 2016 

WISE Awards Ceremony Keynote by Mr Charles Leadbeater Innovation Expert and Associate, NESTA 

Keynote by Dr Shannon May Co-Founder and CSO, Bridge International Academies FRUGAL 

INNOVATION: HOW TO DO MORE WITH LESS? To handle the dilemma of compromise among educational opportunity, quality and cost, innovation can be and should be a frugal one. This panel will focus on how to do more with less. We should learn that frugal innovation is more than a strategy. It indicates a new frame of mind: one that sees resource constraints not as a liability but as an opportunity to promote equity in education. 

MODERATOR Mr Gu Yuan, Founder, AHA Social Innovation School 

SPEAKERS Mr Charles Leadbeater, Innovation Expert and Associate, NESTA 

Mr Jaff Shen, CEO, Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation 

Mr He Jin, Former Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation 

Mr Fu Cairui, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Hujiang 


PANEL DISCUSSION AUDITORIUM 10.50 - 12.00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION AUDITORIUM 9.00 - 10.20 THE CHALLENGES OF RURAL EDUCATION With the rapid process of urbanization and modernization, rural society and the model of knowledge it represented is becoming marginalized. In China, millions of children are left behind in villages, or face the challenges of relocation, including cultural differences, forced labor and limited or no access to basic education. What are the new approaches and effective public policies that promote quality and equity in rural education, and support opportunities for rural children? 

MODERATOR Prof Wu Zhihui, Director, Institute of Rural Education, Northeast Normal University

 SPEAKERS Prof Zhang Linxiu, Director, Rural Education Action Program 

Mr Zhang Zhuoyu, Deputy Director, Depart of Education of Shanxi Province

 Ms Du Shuang, Founder, Growing Home 


SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2016 WISE AWARDS (PART I) Representatives of the 2016 WISE Awards winning projects address challenges linked to equity, access, literacy and numeracy and the skills gap. In this session, the project representatives present their vision and journey. 

MODERATOR Mr Elyas Felfoul, Director, Policy Development & Partnerships,

 WISE SPEAKERS Prof Juliana Najem, Project Manager, Education for Growth and Value Creation

 Mr Allister Chang, Executive Director, Ideas Box 

Mr Gabriel Stauring, Founder and Executive Director of iACT 


PANEL DISCUSSION MULTI-FUNCTION HALL 10.50 - 12.00 PROJECT PRESENTATIONS BANQUET HALL 10.50 - 12.00 WHAT CAN CHINA LEARN FROM BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIES? 

FACILITATORS Dr Shannon May, Founder and CSO, Bridge International Academies 

Ms Shen Danxi, WISE Learner, Program Director, Sany Foundation 

IMPROVING SCHOOLS THROUGH DESIGN THINKING FACILITATORS

 Ms Xu Nanqian, Senior Design Researcher, IDEO Shanghai

 Ms Chen Yao, Project Lead, IDEO Shanghai 

WORKSHOP ROOM 001 (FLOOR 1, BUILDING C&D) 10.50 - 12.00 WORKSHOP ROOM 009 10.50 - 12.00 

PANEL DISCUSSION AUDITORIUM 15.20-16.30 

EDUCATION FOR EMPOWERMENT 

Keynote by Mr Li Xigui, Principal, Beijing National Day School

 Keynote by Dr Yan Wenfan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership in Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 Keynote by Mr Anthony Mackay, CEO, Centre for Strategic Education (CSE) Melbourne


 21ST CENTURY SKILLS AND THE FUTURE OF LEARNING The gap between the skills people have and the skills they need to succeed in the twenty-first century is conspicuous. In recent years the framework for twenty-first century skills has evolved remarkably but the definition and implementation of these skills differs among international organizations, particularly according to national contexts. The panel examines the twenty-first century skills framework, its implementation and will discuss concrete innovative learning models supporting relevant skills and values in learners.

 MODERATOR Prof Xiong Bingqi, Vice President, 21st Century Education Research Institute

 SPEAKERS

 Mr Li Qingming, Principal of Haibei Education Group

 Prof Zeng Xiaodong, Professor, Beijing Normal University

 Ms Valerie Hannon, Board Director, the Innovation Unit 

Ms Janhvi Kanoria, Education Portfolio Manager, Office of the CEO, Qatar Foundation

 PLENARY SESSION AUDITORIUM 13.30-14.50 ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION FOR ALL Entrepreneurship education goes beyond teaching learners how to start their own businesses. It hones essential twenty-first century skills and is essential for all economies, especially for countries like China and India that are eager to transition from “Made in” to “Created in”. What are the policies and practices that make entrepreneurship education not a privilege for the rich but an affordable and accessible must for all learners? 

MODERATOR Mr Jiang Xueqin, Education innovation expert, Author 

SPEAKERS Ms Angelica Towne, Co-Founder and Global Director of Programs, Educate!

 H.E. Mr Slim Khalbous, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and ICT of Tunisia

 Ms Mervi Jansson-Aalto, Director, Omnia Education Partnerships 

Ms Molly Wang, Head of Creatica Education Research Center 


SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2016 WISE AWARDS (PART II) Representatives of the 2016 WISE Awards Winning projects address challenges linked to equity, access, literacy and numeracy and the skills gap. In this session, the Projects present their vision and journey.

 MODERATOR Mr Andrew Yu, Founder, 1KG Box, 2016 WISE Awards Finalist

 SPEAKERS 

Mr Scott McMeekin, CEO, Jump Maths 

Mr Claudio Sassaki, Co-Founder, Geekie 

Mr Victor Lyons, Founder, Tara Akshar 


PROJECT PRESENTATIONS BANQUET HALL 15.20-16.30 PANEL DISCUSSION MULTI-FUNCTION HALL 15.20-16.30 WORKSHOP ROOM 001 (FLOOR 1, BUILDING C&D) 15.20-16.30 PROJECT PITCH ROOM009 15.20-16.30 

DEVELOPING HIGH-IMPACT 

PRINCIPALS FACILITATORS Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research, WISE 

Ms Ophelia Ma, Director of Curriculum Development at Beijing No. 4 High School International Campus 

WISE LEARNERS’ VOICE The Learners’ Voice Program engages young people of diverse backgrounds and disciplines who share a passion for education. The Learners present a selection of the grass-roots projects they have designed throughout the year to address critical education challenges. 

FACILITATOR Ms Dina Pasic, Head of Programs, 

WISE WISE LEARNERS Mr David Lawless, Studio Y Fellow, MaRS Discovery District

 Mr Vinicius Santos, Facilitator, Social Collaboration and Innovation Laboratory (COLLAB) 

Ms Farah Mallah, Fellow, Teach for Qatar 

Ms Raghad Aljughaiman, Business Development Analyst, Saudi Ministry of Labor

 Ms Chen Yuxuan, Strategic Planner and Content Developer, The Annual Youth Education & Empowerment Summit 

COLLECTIVE IMPACT FOR RURAL EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT MODERATOR 

Ms Yang Guoqiong, Director, Online Education and Collective Impact Center, Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation 

SPEAKERS Mr Shen Dongshu, Secretary General, Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation 

Ms Xie Jing, Director, Office of Early Childhood Education, Guizhou Provincial Department of Education 

Prof Li Minyi, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University 


SEMINAR CONFERENCE ROOM 4TH FLOOR 15.20 - 16.30 INNOVATING FOR EQUITY Conversation between

 Prof Yang Dongping, President, the 21st Century Education Research Institute and

 Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO, WISE 

LAUNCH OF WISE BOOKS AND LIFE BOOK 

SPEAKERS Mr Charles Leadbeater, Author,

 Mr Li Mao, Translator, Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World (WISE Book)

 Ms Valerie Hannon, Author,

 Mr Liu Haisu, Translator, Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work (WISE Book) 

Ms Xu Xiaohong, Translator, Learning Reimagined: How the Connected Society Is Transforming Learning (WISE Book); CoAuthor, Reinventing Education for Life (LIFE Book) 

Mr Jiang Xueqin, Co-Author, Reinventing Education for Life (LIFE Book)

 Ms Li Yongqiang, President, China Renmin University Press 

Ms Xu Li, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, China Renmin University Press 


FUTURE 9’ Nine-minute talks by nine inventors to bring you a look inside the education of tomorrow. CLOSING DIALOGUE & BOOK LAUNCH AUDITORIUM 16.30- 17.15 MEET THE AUTHORS & SIGNING SESSION BANQUET HALL 18.30 - 20.00 TALKS MULTI-FUNCTION HALL 18.30 - 20.00 ORGANIZERS

 The World Innovation Summit for Education was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate, and purposeful action toward building the future of education. Through the Summit and a range of ongoing programs, WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education, promoting innovation and partnerships. Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. The Foundation strives to nurture the future leaders of Qatar. By example and by sharing its experience, the Foundation also contributes to human development nationally, regionally, and internationally. In all of its activities, the Foundation promotes a culture of excellence in Qatar and furthers its role in supporting an innovative and open society that aspires to develop sustainable human capacity, social, and economic prosperity for a knowledge-based economy. 

LIFE is an education innovation initiative of research, advocacy and action that drives and promotes cross-sector collaborations in education innovation. The name of “LIFE” implies that education is about life, within life and throughout life. In additional to case studies, research projects and activities, the initiative holds Learners’ Innovation Forum on Education (LIFE), a biennial national wide event. The 2nd LIFE Summit will be held in Beijing from April 22 to 23, 2017, co-hosted by 21st Century Education Research Institute, Arete Education and Beijing Western Sunshine Foundation. Established in 2002, 

21st Century Education Research Institute is a non-profit organization for research in educational policies and education innovations. The Institute is dedicated to educational research and policy advocacy from a nongovernment perspective. In the pursuit of “good education”, the Institute seeks to cultivate wisdom within and outside the education system to promote China’s education reform and development. In both 2014 and 2015, the 21st Century Education Research Institute was recognized as the 2nd most influential nongovernmental think tank by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ «China Think Tank Report». 

SPONSORS 

Arete Education is aiming to drive excellence, explore human nature and pursue moral virtue. Its founder team inherits the great experience of both internet and social innovation industries with the mission of innovative education via technology. There are four core sections under Arete Edu: Online Education, Community Education, Research & Development and Educational Investment.

 As China’s leading enterprise in online education, Hujiang is dedicated to providing convenient, high quality and comprehensive online education products and services. Hujiang has built 4 business units, which includes a website that provides online learning information, learning applications, online studying community and online courses platform, covering content from entrance examinations, study-abroad examinations, multi-language studies, and vocational skills to various arts. 

Macao Tong Chai Charity Association was registered in Macao by Madam Susana Chou and her friend Peter Lam in Macao in 2006. Tong Chai encourages and supports projects that offer effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to major educational problems, with special focus on disadvantaged children’s access to quality education.

 Zhejiang Zhipu Foundation Founded by the six founding members of Alibaba Group, Zhejiang Zhipu Foundation supports rural education and promotes healthy and sustainable relationship between human and the society, as well as between human and the nature.

 Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation was founded in 2010. Positioning itself as a catalyst and market maker, Leping takes the approach of nurturing social enterprises and social innovation market that will eventually lead to an inclusive society that supports the development of every individual.