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Sunday, December 31, 2017
The latest from the World Innovation Summit for Education
WISE 2017 --Highlights from Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together
Voices heard at WISE 2017...
Six new WISE Awards projects celebrated
WISE Accelerator CamBioScience pursues new research
Introducing WISE Words: The Podcast
Looking forward: Ambtitious plans for 2018
WISE hosts third workshop on strengthening the 'Global Education Ecosystem'
Matterfund partners with WISE to launch a visual atlas for education development
Brookings features WISE as an 'Innovation Spotter' in its new report
Patrick Awuah is the sixth WISE Prize for Education Laureate
Over 2,000 delegates gathered recently at the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha to share experiences and ideas, and to explore solutions to the challenges of education in times of disruption, political turmoil, and global conflict.
Under the title, Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together, over 100 speakers and moderators led an array of intensive, focused discussions on the implications of constant technological change for teaching and learning, entrepreneurship, reimagining higher education in the connected world, and much more. In this special edition of the Newsletter, we share some highlights.
Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser presented the WISE Prize for Education to Dr Patrick Awuah, Jr., founder and president of Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana (pictured).
The new WISE Research series, featuring reports on key topics in global education, was presented in meet-the-author sessions, panels, roundtable discussions, and informal conversations in the Majlis. Full texts are available for download online.
WISE partnered with the C2 Lab to create a collaborative, hands-on experiences in the Majlis to envision future schools. Delegates of all ages worked in groups on brainstorming challenges designed to unlock creativity. By the Summit’s end, they produced over 1,000 ideas reflecting the leveraging power of collective intelligence.
The WISE Learners’ Voice program fellows presented their social initiatives addressing refugee education challenges, including early childhood education and integration in local schools. Selected group projects were presented, creating opportunities for feedback and collaboration with WISE delegates and organizations for developing the projects.
WISE launched an intensive pre-summit ‘Doha Learning Week,’ featuring screenings, hackathons, lectures, sport, school tours, and technology showcasing the rich variety of education resources in Qatar.
Read more highlights from WISE 2017 in the following sections of the Newsletter. View a replay of the Opening Plenary online. Further footage from the Summit will be available.
Voices heard at WISE 2017...
Words from selected speakers at WISE 2017:
“Let us be inspired by this year’s WISE theme of co-existence, and place it at the core of solutions for different challenges –from issues of peace to stability and development. Let us return to education to reinforce this truth.” --Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
"The countries that have done well, even without natural resources, are the countries that have invested in education and skills training. It is not natural resources that build nations, it is people who build nations... It is Africans, especially the youth of today, who are going to build Africa." --President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.
“The only solution [to a post-truth political climate] is education –to insist that there are such things as facts, and something called truth, and that it can be achieved by hard work, evidence, by analysis. These are not simply for the construction of alternate realities; [that] is a path to the decline of civilization. The only thing that can stop it is education.” --commentator Fareed Zakaria.
"One solution for seeking truth... is to create these kinds of multi-civilizational classrooms and multi-civlizational events like WISE, and to say: Hey, there are different pespectives, we can put these together to see the world as a whole." --Dean Kishore Mahbubani, the Lee Kwan Yee School of Public Policy.
"Literature should be an essential part of education because it teaches you empathy, makes you think about living in somebody else's skin. Then I think we are more able to live peacefully with one another. We are more able to understand that people are different and that it’s okay. That’s why I am such a believer in the power of stories and story-telling as an essential part of what it means to be educated." --Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun (pictured, right).
"My university was meant to be global, not just geographically, but age global, ethnicity global... to reach everyone. And that is new because the best universities pride themselves on their exclusivity... My university was meant to be the opposite.... Lifelong education should be a basic human right. The revolution is unstoppable... Everybody deserves the right to participate in society, and I believe education is the key." --Sebastian Thrun, chairman of Udacity.
"Education really isn't about skills versus knowledge, or art versus science. It really should be about both. At the core I think we need scientists who are sentitized to the humanities, and we need humanities scholars who are scientifically literate." --Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE.
Six new WISE Awards projects are models of inspiration
The six WISE Awards winning projects for 2017 were honored during a presentation ceremony at WISE, including screenings of short films about the projects, and remarks from project representatives.
The six project reprentatives are pictured with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser (l to r): Nisha Ligon of Ubongo Edutainment, Kathy Perkins of PhET Interactive Simulations, Lydia Wilbard
of Camfed Tanzania, Paolo Speller of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science, and Culture, Caitlin Baron, the Luminos Fund, and Nicolas Sadirac of School 42.
WISE Accelerator project CamBioScience expands its research in new partnership
CamBioScience, a WISE 2017 Accelerator project, is joining 'EDUCATE', an initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund and coordinated by University College London's Institute of Education. CamBioScience will conduct research on its unique data collection systems and adaptive learning algorithms to better understand their potential for improving engagement, self-efficacy, knowledge acquisition, completion rates, and the ability to perform new technical skills.
WISE introduces WISE Words: the Podcast
This week WISE introduces a new podcast series, called WISE Words, featuring conversations with leading thinkers, innovators, and changemakers of all kinds on education challenges around the globe. We are launching the series with a discussion between Dean Kishore Mahbubani of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE.
Upcoming episodes will include further conversations recorded at WISE 2017 with journalist and commentator Fareed Zakaria, the acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, and others.
Ambitious plans for 2018: Looking to WISE@Accra, in May
With the conclusion of the 2017 Summit and an ambitious calendar of commitments already in place for next year and beyond, the WISE Team is staying excited and busy. Here are a few highlights of our priorities.
At the Summit, WISE launched the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALL IN), which follows earlier research and a capacity-building program for school leadership. WISE is poised to go 'All In' to enable and empower a global network of leaders, ultimately to achieve better student outcomes.
As WISE has contributed to shaping education policy, such as in the Asia-Pacific (APEC)education strategy, Mastercard Foundation's recent launch of research on secondary education in Africa, our reputation as an education think tank continues to grow.
Generous support from Banco Santander has enabled the WISE Accelerator to establish itself as a small but influential actor in
education technology. WISE plans targetedimpact studies on new learning technologies, to ensure the Accelerator supports entrepreneurs and contributes to creating knowledge.
Over the past 18 months WISE has taken its message to Tunis, Beijing, and Madrid. With the success of these regional forums, WISE announced it will travel to Ghana in May 2018 to team up with WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Dr Patrick Awuah, for WISE@Accra.
WISE will also participate in New York for WISE@UNGA in September, and in March 2019 for WISE@Paris, before returning to Doha in November for WISE 2019.
Pictured from WISE 2017: Young delegates and their teachers engaged with 'The Litttle Engineer' Experiential Learning Lab in the WISE Majlis.
WISE hosts third workshop on strengthening the global 'education ecosystem'
In a pre-summit program, WISE hosted over 80 key education stakeholders for a day-long working session to discuss how to strengthen a global education ecosystem to foster a learning and sharing infrastructure to advance learning outcomes and achieve universal quality education (UN SDG 4). The session was the third gathering on this topic held by the Global Education Ecosystem informal working group created in follow-up to the Education Commission’s Learning Generation Report, and co-led by Teach For All, Center for Global Education (CGE) at the Asia Society, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, Results for Development, the Boston Consulting Group, and WISE.
Matterfund partners with WISE to launch a visual atlas for global educators
Matterfund has partnered with WISE to launch a new visual atlas for education development. Profiling over 300 organizations globally, the living atlas shows initiatives working toward the UN Sustainable Development Goal for universal quality education.
Matterfund enables initiatives to showcase their best work, attract partners, connect to
funding opportunities, and follow compelling projects and publications in education development. The atlas will continue to grow as Matterfund works alongside WISE, NGOs and regional leaders. Initiatives can register to claim their profiles and showcase their work.
Brookings Institution features WISE as one of its 'Innovation Spotters'
In a new report, Can We Leapfrog? The Potential of Education Innovations to Rapidly Accelerate Progress, researchers at the Brookings Institution chart a new path forward in global education by examining the possibility of leapfrogging—rapidly accelerating educational progress to ensure that all young people develop the skills they need to thrive in a fast-changing world. The report presents an evidence-based, theoretical pathway for leapfrogging in education that can help guide investors, innovators, and governments alike. The Brookings report also introduces a catalog analyzing almost 3,000 global education innovations, the largest such collection to date. To develop this catalog, Brookings has brought together fifteen organizations called 'Education Innovation Spotters'. WISE is proud to be one of these, scanning the landscape of innovative programs, schools, policies, approaches, and tools around the world and making this information publicly available to all, and to our colleagues at Brookings.
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