Qatar Solar Technologies’ Shams Generation named as one of the fifteen finalist projects

Shams Generation, an initiative of Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), has been selected by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) as one of the 15 finalists for the 2017 WISE Awards.

Each year the WISE Awards recognise and promote projects that are taking innovative approaches to today’s most urgent education challenges across the world.

Qatar-based Shams Generation is an interactive learning programme that combines art, science, reused material, and solar energy. Named after the Arabic word for sun, the Shams Generation project aims to promote creativity as well as build awareness and develop the region’s solar industry.

Founder of Shams Generation and QSTec Chairman and CEO Dr Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri said that the education of our youth on sustainability, renewable energies like solar, and the protection of the environment is tremendously important for the future of our planet.

QSTec established Shams Generation in Qatar to address these important challenges head on. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far with this important initiative, and we are honoured to have been selected as a WISE Award finalist.’

WISE Director of Programmes and Community Development Ameena Hussain also congratulated Shams Generation for making it to the finalist stage.

The WISE Awards celebrate transformative projects that disrupt the status quo in the form of innovative solutions and creative models to improve access and quality of education in different parts of the world. The WISE Award finalists reflect our commitment to empowerment, collaboration, and transformation through education.’

A total of 15 projects were named as finalists for the 2017 WISE Awards. They come from nine countries and were selected by a pre-Jury of internationally recognised education experts.

The finalists were evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be successful, innovative education projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society. They must be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

The six winning projects will be announced in September 2017 at the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education, which will be held on 14-16 November in Doha. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each winner will receive US$ 20,000.

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