The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, announced that they will be holding the 2019 Global WISE Summit in Doha, from 28 to 30 October.

As part of the preparations for the three-day flagship Summit, and to help shape its design, WISE organised a Community Workshop to engage local organisations and key stakeholders in a collaborative and open discussion. The WISE team welcomed 40 participants from various organisations, including high-level representatives from the private sector, QF entities, the public sector, and academic institutions.

Participants shared their expertise and ideas on themes, features and outreach efforts to help shape the continuing conversation around education. Abdulaziz Farah, Strategic Planning Advisor at Qatar Social Work was among those who participated in the workshop. He said that ‘teachers must be agents of change – they are the frontline’.

Other ideas discussed at the workshop focused on education-related issues around mental health and well-being, inter-generational connections, media literacy, and the power of role models.

During the workshop, WISE CEO Stavros Yiannouka also kicked off a new series of WISE Happenings, a monthly event series that consists of different education-related activities aimed at bringing the local community together.

WISE Community Workshop

During this series, WISE will be organising and hosting various activities ranging from a roundtable discussion on education policies, to a children’s art workshop, in addition to partnering with organisations such as ibTECHar, Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, and Qatar University to deliver sessions.

WISE Happenings will keep the local community engaged in education conservations throughout the coming year, leading up to the WISE Summit.

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