BRIEFLY: WISE honours innovative projects and an education pioneer

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the Qatar Foundation’s global platform promoting innovation in education, is inviting applications and nominations for the 2013 WISE Awards and the WISE Prize for Education.

awardsThe WISE Awards spotlight the best educational practices: Innovative projects in education are invited to apply for the 2013 WISE Awards in order to promote their achievements around the world. Solar-powered floating schools in Bangladesh, Creative Partnerships in the UK, the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) in Ghana or the Self-Sufficient School in Paraguay are some of the 24 groundbreaking projects that have been honored by WISE over the last four years for their tangible impact on education and society. These projects demonstrate practical solutions to current educational challenges and serve as examples that can potentially be scaled up and replicated in other parts of the world.

After 12 finalists are shortlisted in June, a jury of international education experts will choose six winning projects. Prizewinners will be announced in September and showcased at the 2013 WISE Summit in Doha on October 29-31. If you are part of a unique educational project that is truly making a difference, apply today or share this post with a deserving candidate.

WISE PrizeThe WISE Prize for Education recognizes outstanding education pioneers: The annual WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education.

The WISE Prize sets the standard for excellence in education, giving it similar status to other areas for which international prizes already exist, such as literature, peace and economics.

The first the WISE Prize for Education was awarded in 2011 to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC, one of the world’s leading development and education organizations, based in Bangladesh. The second was awarded to Dr. Madhav Chavan, founder and chief executive of Pratham, the largest education NGO in India.

The 2013 WISE Prize for Education winner will be announced at the fifth World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, on October 29-31, 2013. The winner receives a monetary prize of US$500,000 and a gold medal. Nominate now:

  • Website: wiseprizeforeducation.org
  • Deadline: April 30, 2013 (by 11:59 pm GMT)
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