Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chair of Qatar
Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has honoured six
laureates at the WISE Awards ceremony which took place in
Addressing the audience at the WISE Awards ceremony, Dr.
In line with the global and inclusive outlook of WISE, the WISE Awards
programme generated widespread international interest from diverse groups and
individuals, with project submissions stemming from a variety of contrasting
geographical locations. From a total of 588 entries, six projects originating
from South and
The winners were: Pluralism Sustainability Innovation MEHTA Sheetal / India BURT Martin / Paraguay LEVY Peter / USA Project: Project Nanhi Project: The Project: Curriki Kali Self-Sufficient School COLBERT Vicky / DONGOTEY-PADI Joyce / MORAIS Delio / Columbia Ghana Brazil Project: Escuela Nueva Project: WANE - Widows Project: Distance Alliance Network for Learning in the Sustainable Economic Amazon Forest Development in Ghana
The WISE Awards embody the unique spirit of WISE, reflecting the initiative's multidisciplinary and universal ethos. While these winning projects have their origins in specific regions, they each possess the potential for inspiration and implementation on a wider scale. The winning projects serve traditionally overlooked and underprivileged populations. They involve whole communities and create new partnerships. They spread the effects of innovative educational practice efficiently, widely, sustainably and equitably. They can be replicated and their positive effects can be easily measured.
Sustainability laureate Joyce Dongotey-Padi from
The WISE Awards winners were chosen by a renowned international jury following a rigorous process of adjudication. The two-tier selection firstly involved the short-listing of 48 projects by a 15-member committee of multidisciplinary experts which were subsequently reviewed by an International Jury consisting of 11 of the world's leading experts in pluralism, sustainability and innovation.
The WISE Awards will act as an annual platform to showcase concepts that have successfully made the transition to concrete, workable and effective practices.
The six WISE Awards winners each received a prize of
WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) is a global, groundbreaking
collaborative initiative established by Qatar Foundation under the patronage
of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. WISE seeks to monitor
and contribute to 21st century challenges and their impact on education. With
1,000 leading education stakeholders, opinion leaders and decision-makers
from 120 countries and from the spheres of education, politics, international
institutions, NGOs, grassroots movements, the private sector, media and
multimedia, culture and the arts. WISE endeavours to propose visionary
thinking on education, offer new ways of addressing current global challenges
and untapped opportunities and anticipate future education models. The WISE
Forum will take place in
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Source: World Innovation Summit of Education - WISE WISE Awards 2009: Winning Profiles Pluralism Cateegory MEHTA Sheetal / India Project: Project Nanhi Kali
Project Nanhi has increased enrolment and attendance of girls in schools, reduced dropout rates and improved learning levels. Its goal is to provide education to 100,000 underprivileged girls by the end of 2009.
"This fantastic project has been clearly-designed to reach a population in under-served areas. The interesting and unusual combination of funders and NGOs combined with volunteers at grassroots level has created a very strong and sustainable partnership."
COLBERT Vicky / Columbia
Project: Escuela Nueva
Escuela Nueva provides a cost-effective, replicable and scalable solution
to improving the quality of basic education in low income-schools. Through
its collaborative learning approach, it transforms the traditional classroom
and promotes entrepreneurial skills learning to learn, lead processes,
teamwork and decision-making. It was initiated in 1975 in rural
"This is a well-executed straightforward idea which delivers all of the WISE Awards criteria. It is proven to be a consistent model which has been successfully copied throughout the world."
BURT Martin /
Project: The Self-Sufficient School
The Self-Sufficient School, launched in 2003, is a model of technical/vocational education that provides high quality, affordable education to chronically poor young people without relying on third-party support. The school transforms young farmers into financially successful "rural entrepreneurs" by integrating the teaching of traditional high-school subjects with the running of 17 small-scale, on-campus rural enterprises.
By helping to run these enterprises, students gain technical and
entrepreneurial skills. At the same time, these enterprises generate enough
income to cover 100% of the school's operating costs. Over 20 institutions in
"The Self-Sufficient School has huge potential and is highly replicable involving partners from all localities. Its entrepreneurial manner of funding and sustaining schools must be commended."
DONGOTEY-PADI Joyce /
Project: WANE - Widows Alliance Network for Sustainable Economic
The Widows Alliance Network project, launched in 2007, aims to emancipate
Ghanaian widows from the social, cultural and economic deprivation brought
about by the prejudices they face because of their status. The project was
introduced to equip widows in
"This is an inspirational, unique, non-profit funding project which provides much needed seed money, training, support and business assistance to widows. It can be replicated in other regions and also on other subject matters such as the empowerment of populations in emergency situations."
LEVY Peter /
The Curriki website is a platform that provides users with the tools and services necessary to develop, aggregate, evaluate and support Open Educational Resources. With a community of nearly 90,000 registered members around the world, it is a collaborative workspace that offers educators the opportunity to work together, to individualise instruction and create and customize high-quality instructional materials, all at no charge. Curriki is challenging the traditional publishing paradigm and changing the way educators teach and the way students learn.
"Curriki is a compelling global story which provides open access to the globalisation of teaching content done in an accessible way. It has unlimited potential as the project is based on Web 2.0 technologies and encompasses a growing amount of content."
MORAIS Delio /
Project: Distance Learning in the Amazon Forest
The Distance Learning in the Amazon Forest project was launched in 2007
by the Secretariat of Education and Learning Quality of Amazonas State. The
project involves transmitting live classes via a two-way videoconference link
to 25,000 students in 300 secondary schools and 700 classrooms, throughout
the 62 county districts. A teacher is also located in each classroom to
support local activities. Amazonas is the largest state in
"This project increases rural children's competitiveness and raises their awareness on the advantages of a globalized world. With limitless potential and possibility to be applied at any educational level, it can be easily disseminated in regions where connectivity will remain a challenge."
WISE Awards 2009 International Jury
Vice-Chairman: Dr. Ahmad Hasnah, Vice-Chairman of WISE and Associate Vice-President of Higher Education, Qatar Foundation
Pluralism: - Susan J. Bodilly: Director of RAND Education (Research And Development Corporation) - Nicholas Burnett: Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO. - E. Gordon Gee: President of Ohio State University Sustainability: - Christian Bode: Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Patrick M. Callan: President of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education - Amy Gutmann: President of the University of Pennsylvania Innovation: - Mike Gibbons: CEO of the Richard Rose Federation - Anoop Gupta: Corporate Vice-President, Technology Policy and Strategy at Microsoft Corporation - Zhou Qifeng: President of Beijing University For further information, please contact : Emilie Demange / Constance Lozet Tel: +33(0)1-47-42-19-54 /+33(0)1-47-42-92-78 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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