1,500 innovators set to attend Wise Summit 2014…

The 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) will bring together more than 1,500 innovators, including educational thinkers and practitioners, representatives of governments, NGOs, business leaders and social entrepreneurs

The three-day summit will begin on November 4 under the theme: “Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education” at the Qatar National Convention
Centre (QNCC).

Wise was established in 2009 on the initiative of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser as an international forum for decision-makers and practitioners from diverse sectors to address the challenges facing education.

Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani, chairman, Wise, commented: “We must find new resources to confront the fast-evolving challenges to education systems around the world, and we can only succeed by drawing upon the wellspring of creativity that has fuelled progress throughout
history.”

The Wise summit has established itself as a leading global event dedicated to innovation and creative action in education. Beyond the summit, Wise includes a variety of ongoing initiatives, and serves as a resource for ideas and a platform for partnership. Wise supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 in building the knowledge economy.

As creativity is increasingly presented as the most important skill of the 21st century, this year’s summit will explore ways to tap learners’ and teachers’ potential for innovation and creativity. By nurturing learners’ ability to develop their talents, think critically, and be self-confident problem-solvers, they can be empowered to design imaginative solutions for their lives and their communities.

With the 2014 summit’s main focus on how to bring more creativity to education, summit delegates will explore innovative and holistic approaches to early childhood education, skills certification beyond formal university degrees and the future of assessment.

A key highlight of the summit will be the announcement of the 2014 Wise Prize for Education at its opening session. Currently in its fourth year, the Wise Prize for Education will be presented at the summit to an individual or team in recognition of an outstanding contribution in education, with a prize of $500,000.