Twenty-Five Young Education Advocates to Focus on Refugee Issues

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announced a new cohort of outstanding young people to participate in the 2017-2018 Learners’ Voice programme. Twenty-five young education advocates from 22 countries, with diverse backgrounds and disciplines, were selected to join the international Learners’ Voice community. The new cohort will engage in dialogue on pressing education issues including practical, action-oriented approaches to the crisis of global migration and displacement. 

The WISE Learners’ Voice programme brings the voice of young people to the challenge of rethinking education and equipping them to take on leading roles in their fields and in the world of education. The programme focuses on building their knowledge of education, as well as their communication, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills.

WISE CEO Stavros N Yiannouka said they are very excited to introduce the new batch of participants to the Learners’ Voice Programme for 2017-2018. 

The WISE team has worked hard to bring together this unique group of young people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who share a commitment to education for individual empowerment and social change. Many of them have already faced life-changing experiences and challenges, whether as refugees themselves, or as teachers and advocates in diverse and difficult situations around the globe. I am confident that they will bring to the WISE community a new and vital energy towards building the future of education.’

In addition to their participation in the 2017 WISE Summit in Doha this November, the newest Learners’ Voice cohort will join two intensive residential sessions delivered by expert faculty members, as well as a variety of online and on-site activities. As an important component of the programme, the Learners will form teams in January 2018 to conceive and design innovative projects that address critical education challenges. After a thorough evaluation by the Learners’ Voice team, selected projects will have an opportunity to pitch their proposals to an audience of potential investors, donors, and partners next year.

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The 2017-2018 Learners

Maria Constanza Cardinali, a 2017-2018 Learner from Argentina said she became interested in the WISE Learners’ Voice programme because she thinks that education brings freedom.

This programme will help me rethink global perspectives by sharing, listening, and discussing education with experts and young people from diverse cultures. I hope to gain more awareness of global issues, and learn new skills for tackling the current challenges of education.’

Bamperineza Sadiki, another 2017-2018 Learner from the Democratic Republic of the Congo added that joining the WISE Learners’ Voice programme is a great opportunity.

It represents a brighter future for my community. I hope to gain project development skills so that I can bring education projects to marginalised communities, including my own.’

Check this link for more information about the WISE Learners’ Voice programme.