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The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) revealed the names of the 15 projects selected as the 2015 WISE Awards finalists. The projects, which come from around the world, represent some of the most innovative and effective approaches to key current global education challenges.

The WISE Awards, part of a wider, year-round programme by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), aim to identify and promote the most innovative and effective approaches to key global education challenges, and build a network of change-makers to inspire others around the world.

Head of Research at WISE, Dr Asmaa Al Fadala, said:

The 2015 WISE Awards finalist projects present creative solutions to diverse education challenges around the world. Beyond their contributions to improving education practice and enabling individuals and communities in their own regions, these projects are a rich and inspiring source of ideas for others elsewhere.’

WISE was inaugurated by QF in 2009, under the leadership of its Chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, and is designed to promote debate and purposeful action in order to build the future of education. Over the past few years, WISE has demonstrated how it has played a pivotal role in bringing together global thought leaders and educational practioners with one aim of creating a better education environment for all.

Selected by a pre-jury of international education experts, the 2015 WISE Awards finalists offer creative solutions in access, quality education, the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurial skills. Together, they address a wide range of issues that represent common global challenges.

The 2015 WISE Awards finalists include Al-Bairaq, a non-traditional educational programme based at the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at Qatar University. Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, Al-Bairaq immerses secondary students in hands-on science activities, builds appreciation for the work of scientists, and offers students new opportunities.

The 2015 WISE Awards finalists:

  • Al-Bairaq: Qatar
  • Bridge International Academies: Kenya
  • Children’s Video Library in Sign Language: Argentina
  • Discovering Diversity: Australia
  • The Educate! Experience: USA/Uganda
  • The Edible Schoolyard: USA
  • GirlEng – Girls in Engineering Program: South Africa
  • INEE – The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies: USA
  • The Lab on a Bike: India
  • Lights to Learn: Spain/Latin America
  • Nafham: Egypt
  • NetEase Open Course: China
  • Teacher Changemakers Movement: UK
  • The Talking Book Program: USA
  • Universe Awareness, UNAWE: Netherlands

The WISE Awards finalist projects were selected according to strict criteria. They had to demonstrate innovative thinking and a concrete positive impact on communities and societies, as well as the potential to be replicated in other contexts and regions.

The WISE Awards winning projects will be announced in September and celebrated at the seventh World Innovation Summit for Education from 3 to 5 November 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

For more information about WISE and the WISE Awards, go to http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards, or visit the WISE Awards webpage http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards-2015.