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WISE Seeks Another Education Pioneer


Are you or do you know someone who demonstrates an inspiring and visionary approach and a proven track record of achievement in the field of education? Then submit your nominations for the 2013 WISE Prize for Education!

The process to select the winner of the 2013 WISE Prize for Education has begun. Now in its third year, the prize is the first major global recognition of an individual or team of up to six people for an outstanding contribution to education. It is the premier distinction in the field, with a status similar to that of other international prizes in areas such as literature, peace and economics. Nominations are sought from all sectors ­ private, public and voluntary – from around the world.

Submissions and nominations must be made through the WISE website by 11:59 pm (GMT) on 30 April 2013. Valid nominations will be reviewed by an international committee of education experts and the final selection will be made by a high-level Jury of distinguished individuals chaired by Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of WISE.

The winner will be announced before an international and multi-sectoral audience at the fifth World Innovation Summit for Education, taking place October 29 –­ 31 2013 in Doha, Qatar. The Laureate will receive a prize of US $500,000 and a gold medal.

The 2012 WISE Prize for Education Laureate is Dr Madhav Chavan, a former chemistry teacher who devised a simple but innovative formula based on partnership to spread education, literacy and numeracy at minimal cost. The NGO of which he is co-founder and CEO, Pratham, started in the slums of Mumbai and is now the largest non-governmental provider of basic literacy and numeracy for underprivileged children in India. Millions of children benefit from these programs each year.

The inaugural Laureate of the WISE Prize for Education in 2011, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, is the founder of BRAC, one of the largest non-governmental providers of education in the world, whose diverse programmes have benefited millions of people in 10 countries across three continents.



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