WISE opens Tunis Forum

 28 May 2016 - 0:00

WISE opens Tunis Forum
Dr Sakena Yacoobi (left), winner of the WISE Prize for Education, and Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel e Prize Laureate, at the WISE Tunis Forum.

 

DOHA: The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) opened the Tunis Forum at the IHEC Carthage in Tunisia. The event, aimed at exploring how education fosters peace and development in communities and nations, brought together for the first time one of the recipients of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, Ouided Bouchamaoui, and the WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Dr Sakena Yacoobi.
Dr Yacoobi affirmed her belief in the transformative power of education, saying: “To unlock human potential, education is the key. It is such a powerful tool to overcome poverty and rebuild. If we are to overcome terrorism and violence, we need education. That is the only way we can win.”
Bouchamaoui, President of UTICA (Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts) and a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, said: “The stability of a country’s economy relies on three main pillars, namely, the strength of its civil society, education, and women’s empowerment.”
Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE and one of the speakers in the plenary session, noted: “WISE recognises the potential of education as an engine for peace and growth. Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian Quartet signifies that Tunisia has been recognised as a model for national dialogue and peaceful transition”.

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