World Innovation Summit for Education

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World Innovation Summit for Education
Formation 2009
Type Non-profit organization
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Region served

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international initiative aimed at transforming education through innovation. WISE was established by Qatar Foundation for Science, Education and Community Development in 2009 under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. With an annual Summit and a range of year-round initiatives, WISE encourages new approaches to education and seeks to promote best practices from multiple sectors and from around the world.

The Annual Summit[edit]

The annual 3-day WISE Summit is held in Doha, Qatar. It unites over 1,000 experts, thought leaders, and pioneering practitioners from multiple sectors worldwide to foster new collaborations and develop innovative solutions with the goal of inspiring creative changes in education. The first Summit was held in 2009 under the theme "Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements". The fifth and latest Summit, in 2013, was under the theme "Re-inventing Education for Life".

The WISE Prize for Education[edit]

The WISE Prize for Education is a major international prize that rewards an individual or a team for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. The Laureate’s work should have had a significant, lasting impact at any level of education. The Laureate is selected by an international jury of education stakeholders and announced at the annual Summit. The first WISE Prize was awarded to Sir Fazle Hassan Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee). The second Prize, in 2012, went to Dr. Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder and CEO of India-based NGO Pratham. The third WISE Prize Laureate, announced and the 2013 Summit, is Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of Fundacion Escuela Nueva in Colombia.

Other WISE activities[edit]

The WISE Awards[edit]

Each year the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful and innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges. Following a global call for projects, a Pre-Jury composed of education experts assesses submissions and selects the Finalists. Following this, a Jury bringing together leading personalities from the education world chooses the six Award winning projects. Winners receive global visibility along with a prize of $20,000 (US). Since 2009, 30 projects have received WISE Awards.

WISE Books[edit]

WISE Books are aimed at supporting and spreading innovative thinking and sound practices in education. To date, WISE has produced two books which explore the challenges facing education in equipping individuals and communities for 21st-century life. WISE Book authors and photographers travel around the world to identify the innovative initiatives that are addressing these issues and illustrate the impact of projects and practices that are making a real difference on the ground. The third WISE Book, Learning (Re)Imagined - How the connected society is transforming learning focuses on the link between technology and education and will be published in early 2014.

WISE Learners' Voice[edit]

Learners' voice is a program that aims to bring the views of students to the task of rethinking education. Each year, a selected group of young people, aged 18–25, play an active role in the annual Summit, participating in debates, focus sessions and making presentations. They continue with a program of workshops, project development and case studies throughout the year. In late 2013, 36 new learners from 20 countries joined the existing network of 78 learners from previous years.

Learning World[edit]

Learning World is a weekly TV magazine program on education developed in partnership with Euronews. It broadcasts 16 times a week to 155 countries in 11 languages.

WISE Haiti Task Force[edit]

The WISE Haiti Task Force was created in 2010 in partnership with Haiti-based FOKAL (Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty), an organization led by former Haitian Prime Minister, Michèle D. Pierre-Louis. The aim of this collaboration is to rebuild the Haitian education system following the earthquake of January 2010, by supporting successful education projects and fostering their development, replication and scaling up.


The WISE initiative is supported by a network of six dedicated partners and international institutions involved in major education issues: Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), RAND Corporation, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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