University of Waikato Receives WISE Award
2013 WISE Awards Honour World’s Most Innovative Initiatives in Education
Doha, Qatar, September 23, 2013
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is pleased to announce the six winners of the 2013 WISE Awards. Since 2009 the WISE Awards have helped to disseminate some of the most effective practices in addressing urgent global challenges in education. The winning projects are:
• Medersat; Casablanca, Morocco *
• PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools);London, United Kingdom
• ALISON (Advance Learning Information Systems Online); Ireland
• Pathways to Education; Toronto, Canada
• Te Kotahitanga; Hamilton, New Zealand
• iThraYouth Initiative; Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
* Medersat received the special mention for “access to education”. This emphasis reflects the support of Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 on achieving universal primary education.
A Jury composed of the most prolific individuals in the education world, chaired by H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani Ph.D, Chairman of WISE, met recently to select the winning projects from a short list of finalists.
Dr. Al-Thani remarked, “The WISE Awards Jury has identified six diverse projects from around the world that represent inspiring models for all who seek to overcome obstacles to education. For five years the WISE Awards have been building a community of education pioneers from across the educational spectrum, including non-governmental organisations, academia and both the public and private sectors, who are having a growing and sustainable impact. The 2013 WISE Awards winners will join their peers to inspire positive change in education.”
The six projects that have received a 2013 WISE Award will, along with the finalists, participate in the annual WISE Summit which will address the theme of “Reinventing Education for Life” and take place in the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha on October 29-31, 2013