The WISE Awards recognize six innovative education initiatives from Nigeria, China, USA, Pakistan, South Africa and Canada
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), announced today the six 2018 WISE Awards winning projects. Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative projects from across the world that are addressing global educational challenges.
The 2018 WISE Awards winners are:
Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls, Nigeria - a program using mentor-led safe spaces, community engagement, subsidization of school fees and the training of female teachers to complement government schooling and improve the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills by girls.
One Village One Pre-School, China - an impact investment solution that provides accessible early childhood development services in remote and impoverished Chinese regions through "Village Early Education Centers" (VEECs).
Generation, USA - a global platform that empowers young people to build thriving and sustainable careers while providing employers with the highly skilled talent they need. The Generation program trains young job seekers in profession-specific skills, places them in jobs and monitors their performance.
Technology-Based Deaf Education, Pakistan - a project harnessing digital technology and offering unprecedented access to resources for language development and literacy skills to deaf children in Pakistan.
Partners for Possibility, South Africa - a program that improves the quality of education by capacitating principals in under-resourced schools and building their leadership skills through partnerships with business leaders.
1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program, Canada - an educational entertainment program that uses cartoons to engage children and teach life skills and citizenship education in formal and informal school environments.
Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, congratulated the winners: "This year we have received 413 applications for the WISE Awards program. The rigorous selection process has succeeded in finding six excellent and innovative projects addressing a diverse mix of educational challenges from around the world. This demonstrates that there are existing global organizations and individuals who share our passion for tackling education challenges with innovative solutions. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Awards jury members who did a thorough job in evaluating the projects."
The projects will be celebrated on September 22 at WISE@NY in New York, USA. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).