Under the theme ‘Youth Empowerment’, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will host the Doha Learning Days (DLD) Festival from February 1-4 at Msheireb Museums.
The fourth edition of DLD will share opportunities with young people and help expand their skills in areas such as advocacy, the arts, well-being, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, tech, science, coding and more.
WISE, Qatar Foundation’s global education initiative, will offer over 50 workshops for families, youth and the wider community to engage in informal experiential learning. The festival, free to attend, will start with a ceremony on February 1 to celebrate the 2022 WISE Awards winners and their innovation in addressing pressing education issues before opening to the public on February 2.
DLD reinforces WISE’s efforts to foster a vibrant learning ecosystem locally. The festival is designed to take learning out of formal education settings and expand the understanding of where learning can happen. To achieve this goal, WISE has curated the festival programme with more than 20 multisectoral content partners who will offer interactive workshops, educational group sessions, stimulating speakers, and other practice-based learning activities that are both experiential and innovative, a press statement notes.
Stavros N Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said: “With our content partners, Doha Learning Days will create an engaging environment for informal learning. The festival’s ideal location at Msheireb Museums in the very heart of Doha meets our vision for creating a dynamic community-based setting where youth are empowered to connect their classroom learning with the skills to discover and map their strengths, talents and purpose in innovative ways."
“The unique programme will appeal to students, educators and community members of all ages and interests who are keen to explore, create, and be challenged to learn and reflect in different ways. We invite everyone to come and be part of this exciting learning festival.”
WISE Doha Learning Days 2023 is being held in partnership with Visa, with the support of ExxonMobil as the event Platinum Partner. Strategic partners are Msheireb Museums and Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer.
Ali Mohamed al-Kuwari, acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, said: “Msheireb Museums is proud to collaborate with WISE as Strategic Partner and host this valuable learning festival to support the education and creativity capabilities of our students and community members. This is in line with our goal to upgrade the skills and capabilities of our community and unlock their potential. We are committed to strengthening community partnerships and promoting educational programmes to further strengthen human capital development in our country.”
Carl Manlan, Visa’s head of Inclusive Impact and Sustainability for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “WISE brings together different knowledge and content partners to upskill the next generation of leaders able to capitalise on the opportunities in the digital economy. Visa is therefore pleased to be part of this exciting initiative and to support WISE in helping these young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to uplift communities both here and around the world.”
In addition to the daytime school workshops, which will invite students from across schools in Qatar to take part, the programme will also include evening and weekend sessions to encourage the wider community to participate.
DLD content partners include the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Ministry of Sports and Youth, Studio 5/6 (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology), Tarsheed, Microsoft, Qatar Scientific Club, Qatar Sports for All Federation, The Learning Centre, QF International, Earthna, Qatar Academy, Generation Amazing, Maker Majlis – Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Kabuni, Kidzania, Insaniyatna, Best Buddies, HBKU Press, Al Jazeera Media Institute, Qatar Academy Doha’s Activists in Action, Doha Environmental Actions Project, Injaz Qatar, ZNotes and Paint the Town. Several partners will present offshoot activities at locations across Qatar.
To learn more, visit: https://www.qf.org.qa/events/doha-learning-days-festival-2023. For more information about WISE, visit: https://www.wise-qatar.org