DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The 2013 WISE Summit which was held in
Doha, Qatar, October 29-31, was formally closed today by His Excellency
Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE, following three days
of sharing, debating and networking. Under the theme "Reinventing
Education for Life", WISE 2013 gathered more than 1,200 prominent
education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100
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In his closing address, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D.,
Chairman of WISE, announced the creation of - The Future of Education
Fund - that will help innovative, transformative enterprises and
solutions in education: "WISE will launch an innovation fund to foster
education innovators and entrepreneurs. The fund will provide financial
assistance, as well as expertise and training, to help them translate
their ideas into action. It will initially be supported by Banco
Santander, and I invite other organizations to join us."
The Closing Plenary Session held a panel discussion with Ms. Angélique
Kidjo, Singer, Songwriter and activist from Benin and Sir Fazle Hasan
Abed, 2011 WISE Prize for Education Laureate and Founder and Chairman
of Bangladesh based NGO, BRAC.
Before the session, Vicky Colbert gave her first Special Address as the
2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, in which she stated: "[Being a
recipient] of the WISE Prize this year gives me a profound feeling of
accomplishment. The theme of this year's WISE Summit, 'Reinventing
Education for Life', resonates with what I and the people around me
have been trying to achieve. 'Reinventing Education for Life' means
reaching the greatest number of learners and making each learner a
The 2013 WISE Summit was also saw the launch of the application period
for the 2014 WISE Awards that will celebrate six innovative educational
projects for their positive contribution to education and society. The
WISE Awards thus highlight today's most innovative solutions that are
addressing major challenges in education. Applications are invited
from October 29, 2013 to January 15, 2014.
WISE 2013 showed that education reform will progress faster, when
stakeholders from multiple sectors connect, share and exchange ideas
and innovations - setting the roadmap for WISE 2014. The Sixth WISE
Summit will be held in Doha November 4 - 6, 2014.
To find out more about WISE initiative: http://www.wise-qatar.org
About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was established by
Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her
Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international,
multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful
action in order to build the future of education through innovation.
WISE is now an ongoing initiative and a global reference in new
approaches to education. Through both the annual Summit and a range of
continuing programs WISE is promoting collaboration and building the
future of education.
SOURCE: World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
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