WISE Awards 2013: the best education is rewarded again

Originating from Morocco, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia, the winning initiatives were selected by a Jury of leading education experts following a pre-selection of 14 WISE Awards finalists. The winning projects were chosen for their tangible, positive impact upon society and their innovative approach to solving important educational challenges. 

The six 2013 WISE Awards winning projects and the other finalists will participate in the fifth annual WISE Summit taking place October 29-31, 2013 at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha under the theme “Reinventing Education for Life”. 


ALISON is transforming global online learning through its free interactive multimedia basic education and workplace skills training courses with certification. ALISON is a for-profit social enterprise and one of the world’s most popular free learning websites providing over 500 courses to two million registered learners across every country. 


Using open source infrastructure, ALISON focuses services on the marginalized and on "employability". The majority of its learners are located in developing countries or the unemployed, young, elderly, or emigrants in developed countries. Users include thousands of businesses, schools and universities as well as individuals. 


iThra Youth Ititiative is Focused on creative STEM education and character-building skills, iThra Youth Initiative is a major youth development project, complementing initiatives that promote transition towards a knowledge-based society.


The Medersat.com program guarantees a year of pre-school education in poor rural areas, followed by a six-year curriculum leading to the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE). 

In remote rural sites, this program aims to provide quality education that is in harmony with the local cultural environment and open to the universal values of the “Medersat.com” schools (61 to date). The schools form a network that is connected to the Internet via satellite and managed by an administrative coordinator.  

The 420 Medersat.com teachers are overseen by 12 educational supervisors. Education monitoring and real-time management of the school network is facilitated by an information system. The pedagogical design is based on a modern pre-school, open to children aged four and a half. 

Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that works to ensure that all young people graduate and realize their full potential. This high-impact social innovation was created in 2001 in Toronto’s Regent Park community to help youth living in poverty graduate from high school and access post-secondary education and employment. Pathways has experienced tremendous growth since its inception, and now operates in 13 communities across Canada, helping over 4,000 students each year. 
PEAS creates high-quality, sustainable secondary schools that contribute to long-term societal change, poverty reduction and the empowerment of young people in Uganda and Zambia.

The Te Kotahitanga project seeks to address what the New Zealand government has identified as being the major challenge facing education in New Zealand today, namely the continuing social, economic and political disparities between the descendents of the Anglo-European peoples and the indigenous Maoris. 


The project offers an innovative curriculum and pedagogy in order to increase involvement, success rates and life opportunities for young Maoris. 



Source: www.wise-qatar.org


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