By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: The fourth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) concluded yesterday, emphasising the need for immediate collaboration between people from diverse backgrounds for education, in the presence of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
Dr Madav Chavan, this year’s WISE prize winner addressing the closing of the summit, urged all sectors to start working together to educate children.
“It’s taking too long, it’s time we work together and get it done; we can’t leave it for the future,” he said.
Dr Chavan speaking to an audience of 1,000 educationalists said that the education provided for children should help them to build them wisdom, besides increasing knowledge. “Education is not knowledge and skills, it’s about wisdom, which is lacking and it doesn’t come from knowledge and skills,” he said.
Highlight of the three-day WISE summit was the launch of ‘Educate a Child’ initiative by Sheikha Moza on Wednesday. Dr Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of WISE in his closing remarks extended the fullest support for the initiative.
“Bringing all children to school is the aim of ‘Educate a Child’; WSIE will do everything within its power to support achieve the goal,” said Dr Al Thani.
The closing session also heard several participants about their experience during the summit with a panel discussion with Dr Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education, Yacob Kragh, President LEGO, Education Institute, Yara Darwish, WISE learners 2012 and Martine de Angelis, WISE learners voice 2011.
The final day of WISE 2012 opened with a plenary session on ‘Building a New Learning World’. Chaired by renowned British journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow, the debate focused on the types of leadership and policies that will be needed to transform education to meet future challenges, and concluded that effective innovations occur when people from diverse backgrounds collaborate to achieve common goals.
The fifth WISE summit is scheduled to be held between October 29 and 31 next year, however year-long activities are being scheduled, with an expansion of its present projects.
The WISE Haiti Task Force will expand its network and establish an innovation hub to help rebuild the education system in Haiti. WISE Learners’ Voice will continue its activities as international education activists.
The WISE Programme for Education Leadership will engage a wider range of participants and providers, including Hamad bin Khalifa University.