The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announced five new programmes at the concluding session of the 2017 summit on Thursday.
WISE 2017 had gathered more than 2,000 participants from over 100 countries. The concluding session was attended by Qatar Foundation (QF) chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, vice chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, and a number of dignitaries.
Announcing the new programmes, Stavros N Yiannouka, the CEO of WISE said, “Our work rests on three pillars of research, programmes and advocacy. They increasingly get interconnected and reinforced with each other.”
“WISE has launched the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALLIN) for capacity building programme and it will grow into research agenda. We are going to take ALLIN to empower a global network of school leaders,” explained Yiannouka.
“WISE is contributing to global policy agenda through its work with Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) for an education strategy for the Asia Pacific region. WISE is one of the three external advisers that APEC has invited on this work. The other two are Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank,” he continued.
The CEO said that WISE is working with Master Card Foundation to look at secondary education in Africa. WISE will also join with the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) to launch joint research programmes on wellbeing.
“To continue the advocacy work, WISE is launching a podcast named ‘WISE Words' which will feature in-depth conversation on education with leading educators, intellectuals and artists among others. The first episode is already available on SoundCloud and will soon become available on other platforms,” he noted.
The official highlighted that the WISE Accelerator programme in three years has established itself as a player in the education technology scenario as the participating projects have reported significant growth and revenue.
According to the official, the WISE regional forums will continue and in May 2018 WISE regional forum will take place in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana's Dr Patrick Awuah won the WISE Prize for Education 2017.
The WISE forums will also be held in New York and Paris and the WISE 2019 global conference will take place in November in Doha.
He also noted that the WISE pre-summit programme brought together over 60 organisations for a day-long workshop to continue the conversation that began in April this year at Washington on the ways to strengthen the global education ecosystem.
The summit, closed with a discussion entitled: ‘From Knowledge Economies to Knowledge Societies.
At the concluding session, Dr Awuah gave a touching speech of his journey from childhood to set up a higher education institute in Ghana leaving his job in Microsoft; the challenges he faced in between and the resounding success and the impact it has created in his country.
Renowned Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie also took part in the conversation.