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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 11:33 GMT

Qatar - WISE 2021 to address global educational challenges


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) On its 10th edition WISE, Qatar Foundation's global initiative for education, will host a hybrid summit to look at reclaiming future through education in December.

WISE 2021 will be returning to Doha from December 7 to 9 under the theme 'Generation Unmute: Reclaiming our Future through Education.' 

During the Summit, a new youth-curated program set to address questions in global education, in the presence of participation of more than 300 education leaders, practitioners and innovators. Also, WISE will publish 10 research reports in the lead up to the Summit, said officials yesterday.

 “It is paramount that we empower our younger populations to become voices of change and assume their role as advocates for education in all its forms. This year's WISE Summit recognises youth as rights-holders, who must not only be included in our dialogue about the future, but play a defining part in shaping public policy, engagement and sustainable progress following the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

It is also a step towards a future that balances creativity with a can-do attitude. The first hybrid WISE event is designed to forge connections and provoke a rethinking towards what is possible when we prioritize our collective future,” said Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE. 

WISE's long-term partnership with the Ministry of Education for joint research, other local partnerships central to the Summit's success, and the 2022 WISE Award cycle was also highlighted during the press conference. 

“The Summit represents an opportunity for our students, teachers, school administrators, academics, practitioners and academic leaders in Qatar to interact with their young peers from different countries around the world to discuss global education challenges, thus enhancing their benefit from the Summit,” said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Naimi. 

Director of Programs and Chief Curator of the Summit, Dr. Ameena Abdul Majeed; Director of Research and Content Development, Dr. Asmaa Al Fadala and Director of Policy Development and Partnerships, Elyas Felfoul also shared details about the WISE 2021.

WISE 2021 will introduce a new Youth Studio as a key stage for dialogue and discussion, curated by young change-makers to facilitate intergenerational dialogue. By addressing issues including climate education, fake news, students' wellbeing and transitioning to the job market, it aims to provide the next generation an opportunity to find innovative solutions to key global challenges.

Key speakers at WISE 2021 will include David Sengeh, Minister of Education in Sierra Leone; Gitanjali Rao, a 16-year-old innovator, author and STEM promoter; Sir Anthony Seldon, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, educator and contemporary historian; Yasmine Ouirhrane, founder, We Belong Europe; and Marc Brackett, founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, among others. The Summit will also officially honor six global 2021 WISE Awards winners, selected in recognition of their innovative and impactful approach to educational challenges. In addition, applications for the 2022 WISE Awards cycle are now open and will continue to run until January 17, 2022 via the WISE Awards website:

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