The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative driving innovation and collaboration in education, has announced the six winning projects of the 2016 WISE Awards.
Since 2009, the WISE Awards have identified and promoted some of the most innovative and effective practices in tackling urgent global education challenges.
Each year, recipients of the WISE Awards join a network of other successful and pioneering projects through which they gain global visibility and are given an opportunity to collaborate through various platforms, such as WISE Communications, WISE Publications and the WISE Summit. Projects also receive US$20,000 and are celebrated at the WISE Summit and other WISE events.
Independent education consultants from Parthenon-EY assess the applicants and a jury comprising international education experts then evaluates 15 shortlisted projects that aim to build a network of change-makers and inspire others around the world.
Dr Abdulaziz Al Horr, CEO of Qatar Finance and Business Academy, is one of the 10 education authorities who form the WISE Awards Jury, said:
The 2016 WISE Awards embody the notion of ‘education as empowerment. Each of the winning projects can be seen as a tool to overcome some of the world’s biggest education challenges. They are reaching out to refugees, they are supporting struggling students, and they are changing lives through vocational training. We are confident that this recognition will support these projects in promoting new ideas and practices, and in building a better future for all.’
Parthenon-EY Managing Director Ashwin Assomull also commented:
This is the fourth year that Parthenon-EY has worked with WISE and it is always a fascinating project. Our team conducts the on-the-ground due diligence assessment of finalists based on WISE’s metrics of impact, innovation, and capacity for growth. We develop detailed reports for the WISE jury, who make the decision.’
Stavros N Yiannouka, CEO, WISE, said:
We are happy to introduce these projects to a wider audience through the WISE Awards. They reflect the values of WISE in supporting a range of education priorities, and meeting important needs in diverse communities. We are confident that they are strong models that will inspire others to help build a more secure and prosperous future for individuals and societies everywhere through education.’
The winning projects address education issues related to personalised learning, female employment, student underachievement, education in emergency contexts, and adult literacy.