WISE seeks project to deal with education challenges

January 14, 2014 - 5:04:58 am

Ali M Al Mahmoud, Head of The Wise Learners' Operations, speaking during the Roundtable discussion at Hamad Bin Khalifa University yesterday. Kammutty VP

DOHA: World Innovation Summit for Education’s (WISE) learners’ voice programme, an initiative of Qatar Foundation, has invited its community to develop a project that addresses a critical issue in the field of education. Selected projects will be presented at the 2014 WISE Summit in Doha. 

The programme brings students’ views to the issue of rethinking education and students from different countries are annually recruited for it. 

This year the programme will build projects which could be implemented as a solution to challenges faced by societies and people in the field of education, Ali M Al Mahmoud, Head of Operations at Wise, told the media at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Centre in Education City yesterday.

This is not a competition, but projects will be presented at the summit to see which impresses participants and could be implemented in real life, he said.

A group of students has suggested projects such as an online network of non-governmental organisations supporting educational causes, collaboration between education and arts in places affected by conflicts and building temporary schools in conflict zones by using containers. 

Students form Qatar, Singapore, the Philippines, Nigeria, Syria, Yemen and other countries work in groups. In the first phase of the project they will make proposals and build them which will be presented at the summit. 

The Learners’ Voice community comprises 114 learners recruited in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and from across the world. 

They share a passion for education, and together they represent a unique perspective in the WISE community. 

Since 2013, learners are following a tailor-made, year-long Executive Education Programme that includes residential sessions and online and on-site activities. Courses cover education, social entrepreneurship, leadership and communications, among others.

The Peninsula

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