PARIS, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - WISE 2011 offered increased evidence that
education reform will progress faster, when stakeholders from multiple
sectors connect, share and exchange ideas and innovations - setting the
roadmap for WISE 2012
The WISE 2011 Summit which was held in Doha, Qatar, from November 1st to 3rd, was formally closed today by His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali
Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE, following three days of collaborative
engagement on the future of education.
In his closing address he said: "These 3 days have been intense and
energizing. I am sure there have been many opportunities for fruitful
collaborations, among people from different countries and different
sectors. I look forward to hearing of the results of these partnerships
at WISE 2012."
This year's summit, under the theme "Changing Societies, Changing
Education", explored the success factors of innovation and took
inventory of prospects for the future. Over three days, the 1,300
participants of the WISE Summit exchanged a diverse range of ideas,
best practices and experiences from around the world. One of the
recurring conclusions was that collaboration on a multi-sector level is
most beneficial. It can make a major contribution to progress in
education and lead to the development of prosperous societies.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani ended proceedings by
announcing the plans for next year. He said: "WISE is about actions and
outcomes. I am pleased that I can announce some important decisions
which we intend to enact in the course of the coming year."
The main announcements from WISE 2011 are:
At a special session of the Summit focusing on the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
announced that from next year, one of the 6 annual WISE Awards would
specifically recognize achievements helping to advance the realization
of the MDG which calls for universal primary education - MDG 2.
Learners Voice, launched at the WISE 2010 Summit to inspire and empower
young learners, will become a full year program, making youth fully
recognized advocates of education progress;
The WISE Haiti Taskforce, created at WISE 2010 to help re-build the
education system in Haiti, will now become a catalyst for action,
creating synergies between existing local initiatives and international
WISE will commission a new publication, following the release of "Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the world" by Charles Leadbeater, continuing the exploration and promotion of
best practices in innovation in education on a global scale.
This Closing Session started with a panel discussion between Mr. Jimmy
Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, Prof. Dr. Fasli Jalal, former
Vice-Minister of National Education of Indonesia, Michele Pierre-Louis,
President, Fokal Foundation; former Prime Minister of Haiti; and Sara
Buhmaid from Learners' Voice. This was followed by a speech from the
first WISE Prize Laureate Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and
Chairperson, BRAC, Bangladesh.
The Fourth WISE Summit will be held in Doha November 13-15, 2012.
SOURCE World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
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