Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Global Quest Underway to Identify Education Visionary

Nominations open for the 2012 WISE Prize for Education

Sydney, February 22, 2012. The search has begun for an individual – or group – to become the next Laureate of the WISE Prize for Education. This is the first global prize to recognize world-class contributors to education at a similar level to other major prizes for science, literature, peace or economics.

The WISE Prize for Education, now in its second year, pays tribute to those in any sector whose achievements have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level and demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach.

The Laureate receives $500,000 (US) and a gold medal.

Commenting on the search for the 2012 WISE Prize Laureate, WISE Chairman Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, said: “This year again, I hope that the nominations will cover the entire scope of what education can bring to the world, from an outstanding contributor to academic research to an on-the-ground practitioner whose work has benefited many. The perfect profile may also be someone who has shone the light of education in adverse circumstances, or who has uncovered and nurtured talent which had lain unnoticed and neglected.”

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, awarded the inaugural WISE Prize for Education to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC, at the 2011 WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has spent over 40 years developing the Bangladesh-based BRAC into a broad initiative dedicated to assisting the neediest to gain skills and empowerment through education. BRAC has contributed directly to the education of more than 10 million young people from pre-primary through to secondary levels. BRAC is now active in nine other countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world, providing a wide range of education programs which have benefited nearly 140 million individuals.

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University, USA, was a member of the Jury in 2011. He commented: “In Sir Fazle Hasan Abed we found a truly exemplary Laureate for the inaugural WISE Prize. Whoever the 2012 Laureate proves to be, the next WISE Prize will take one step further in raising global awareness of the importance and potential of innovation in education.”

WISE is inviting nominations from individuals and institutions with a demonstrable commitment to education, such as universities, schools, colleges, teachers’ organizations, research facilities, international organizations, governments, private corporations and the media. A high-level Committee will make a pre-selection of the nominations received from around the world, and an international Jury of distinguished individuals will make the final choice of the Laureate whose name will be announced at the 4th WISE Summit to be held November 13-15, 2012, in Doha, Qatar.

Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani added: “Our selection process is highly rigorous to ensure that the individual or group we identify embodies the highest degree of excellence. We received several hundred nominations last year and look forward to an even stronger response in 2012.”

The closing date for nominations is March 31, 2012. The nomination process is strictly confidential. To nominate a candidate for the Prize or for further information about WISE and the WISE Prize, please visit: www.wise-qatar.org or www.wiseprizeforeducation.org

# # # #

Notes

About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):

WISE is dedicated to building the future of education through innovation. This global collaborative initiative was inaugurated in 2009 by Qatar Foundation, under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Its mission is to address the challenges facing 21st-century education, to expand dialogue around the world and to implement practical and sustainable solutions. To this end, WISE holds an annual international Summit that provides a unique platform and meeting place for thought leaders and experts to share best practices about education. WISE is also a year-round initiative devoted to reaching outside the traditional circles of the education community to promote innovation and implement concrete actions. The WISE 2012 Summit will take place in Doha, Qatar, 13-15 November 2012. Full details on the WISE website: www.wise-qatar.org

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland