1,250 experts for Doha innovation summit
Doha, December 6, 2010
A total of 1,250 delegates from more than 100 countries will consider ways to raise the status of education on the global agenda at a summit that will open tomorrow (December 7) in Doha.
The second World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE – will run until December 9 under its main theme of ‘Building the future of education’, and will consist of five plenary and 20 breakout sessions, featuring 100 speakers.
WISE is an initiative of Qatar Foundation which has a mission to accelerate human development through education, scientific research and a range of community and cultural initiatives.
Under the sub-theme ‘Improving Education Systems’, delegates will explore new models of leadership and curricula, open education and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The summit’s second sub-theme, ‘Exploring Innovative Trends’, will look at new methods of learning and pedagogical models around the world.
A special plenary session on ‘Funding Education’ will deal with new ways to finance and sustain education systems in a period of economic uncertainty.
The delegates represent a wide range of professional backgrounds – academic institutions, international organizations, the public sector, NGOs, private corporations and media, as well as frontline educators.
This year’s WISE will also include new features such as workshops, an exhibition area and ‘spotlight’ sessions about outstanding experiences and expertise.
Twenty students from different parts of the world will report on the summit’s activities as ‘next-generation’ journalists. Additionally, a live twitter feed will cover this year’s main Summit events.
“WISE was established a year ago because we felt that education is the most significant way to empower individuals and societies,” said Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, chairman of WISE.
“All of us will suffer from the global deficit in education, and so it is important to engage all sectors in finding new, relevant and practical solutions. This global diversity and action-oriented approach are the distinguishing features of WISE and a major source of strength.”
“In our first year, we already have a number of practical achievements on the ground which are making a positive difference to people’s lives in various locations. WISE 2010 will build on these successes. However the challenges are still pressing: today 70 million children have no access to schooling and 800 million adults are illiterate,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service