World Innovation Summit for Education 2011, Doha, Qatar

| November 1, 2011 | 0 Comments 

An honour to be invited back to Qatar, for the third World Innovation Summit for Education, (WISE) in Doha.

This WISE Summit explores the theme of “Changing Societies, Changing Education”.

The first session, an open panel debate chaired by Kirsty Lang, broadcaster and journalist, UK featuredHer Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Qatar Foundation, Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Her Excellency Naledi Pandor, MP, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa, and Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University.

We were challenged, this morning, to think how we can turn our talk, in to real transformations. An open letter, sent by members of the opening panel, to President Obama, quoted Benjamin Franklin:

“The only thing more expensive than education
is ignorance.”

There are some huge plenary sessions, where over 1,200 delegates from 120 countries across the globe, including decision makers, practitioners and thought leaders from different sectors, gather together.

As last year, there are also many smaller sessions, where we will share and debate ideas, discuss new ways to address major challenges, and ways to promote purposeful action.

Last year, we worked alongside Professor Stephen Heppell and Andrew Bethell, in a session called Creating Teachers for Tomorrow. This year, amongst all of the hurly-burly of this remarkable event, we will be running a workshop entitled Beyond a Game, looking at how a games based approach, mixed with many other teaching styles, can have an impact across the curriculum.

On Day 1 of the Summit, the major focus is on how innovation and change happen in different sectors, and whether and how these models may inspire new strategies for education. It was, therefore, powerful to see that the first winner of the Wise Prize for Education was a truly deserving man. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is a man whose lifelong mission has touched the lives of millions. BRAC, based in Bangladesh, is the world’s largest non-governmental development organization, and acheives some remarkable results in transforming the lives of many poor people, through innovative education opportunities in many communities.

The focus of Wednesday is on innovation in the education sector, whole-system reform of education, as well as individual “break-the-mold” projects that may inspire broader reforms.

Day three and we will turn our attention to the future, inviting new visions and new thinking about how education and lifelong learning systems may better meets the needs of changing societies, and better prepare learners for the unknown future.

A full on three days. May this continue to flow to real change.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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