2019 WISE Awards winners announced
September 03 2019 10:26 PM
The Akilah Institute is one of the six winners of the 2019 WISE Awards.
The Akilah Institute is one of the six winners of the 2019 WISE Awards.

Initiative aims to recognise projects that strive to address global educational challenges

Six out of 481 project submissions won the 2019 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards, it was announced.

Each year, the Awards recognise and promote innovative projects from across the world, which address global educational challenges.

This year’s winners include Family Business for Education, United World Schools: Teaching the Unreached, Micro: bit Educational Foundation, Programa Crianca Feliz, Arpan’s Personal Safety Education Programme, and Akilah Institute.

“We are very excited to announce the 2019 WISE Awards winners. Each project varies in terms of project focus, geographical distribution, and reach,” WISE CEO Stavros N Yiannouka said in a press statement.

“The WISE Awards demonstrate once again how global organisations and governments can tackle pressing education challenges with innovative solutions in sustainable and scalable ways,” added Yiannouka, who thanked the jury and pre-jury members “who did a thorough job in evaluating the projects.”

The winning projects innovatively tackle a number of pressing educational issues, including financing education, providing access to education in remote and underprivileged areas, promoting coding across different geographical locations, implementing personalised early childhood education interventions based on cognitive sciences, improving child safety to eliminate sexual assault and harassment, and providing women market relevant education to improve employability.

Out of 481 project submissions, the WISE team and a panel of pre-jurors shortlisted 15 finalists. The six winners were selected by the WISE Awards jury after an independent assessment conducted by LEK Consulting.

“The WISE Awards winners represent the best of the education sector globally, pushing the boundaries of innovation in the sector. LEK was proud to once again support the assessment of the exceptional finalists for these awards,” Ashwin Assomull, partner, Global Education Practice, LEK Consulting, said.

Each winning project must be an established, innovative educational project that has already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

The projects will be celebrated during the WISE Summit, scheduled to take place in Doha from November 19 to 21, and is being held under the theme ‘UnLearn, ReLearn: What it means to be Human’.

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