Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson - Qatar Foundation
I was very pleased to be invited to attend the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar last week. Organised by the Qatar Foundation, this second annual three day conference was attended by over 1,200 people from over one hundred countries.
The overarching mission of the Qatar Foundation is to accelerate human development through education, scientific research, and cultural and community projects. WISE is one of the most ambitious of these encouraging a network of global education leaders to think differently in confronting the challenges of building the future of education.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE, Qatar Foundation
The overarching theme is 'Building the Future of Education' and WISE is searching for an international response that is collaborative, international and highly flexible, engaging with new technologies, sharing best practices and rethinking funding models. WISE is trying to bridge the gap between formal and informal learning, and embrace life long learning.
This was a fabulous conference, with speakers from all over the world. The goal - trying to identify ways of ensuring every child can access education. Many speakers spoke about projects that were innovative, learner focussed and most importantly, replicable and scalable for other parts of the world. Inevitably, trying to resolve funding issues to support these aims became a key focus near the end of the conference.
People who attended last year as well all agreed that whilst the first conference was very good, this one was really even better and really focussed on the issues. WISE really does intend to be THE global education conference each year - it's well on the way. I was extremely pleased to be a tiny part of it.


Anonymous said...

i notice you haven't mentioned knowsley recently. you seem to be steering well clear even though you said you were visiting in the summer.

nothing to say about this pet scheme and your favourite builder?

Gareth Long said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Gareth Long said...

Thanks for posting a comment.

I did indeed visit Knowsley in July - in fact I visited all the Centres for Learning in one day. This was a really interesting exercise, especially in seeing how they were all being used in comparison with each other. Those areas being faithful and successful to the concept compared with those trying to create little 'cells' in spaces not designed for them, the different 'atmosphere' in each etc etc.

The Centres for Learning are still very much being talked about all over the UK, and very much further afield. I actually think that they will be even more of interest now as more people are exploring setting up schools in spaces not originally designed for education. There are many lessons to learn here.

As for not commenting on Knowsley recently - it's not "steering clear' its about more me working all over the place at the moment, but largely not in the north of the UK. I am sure I will return however.

As for BB being my favourite builder? Well I have done masses of work for them, they are a great company who do understand education - more so than some others! I am certainly loyal to the many very good teams in the north I have worked with. The reason I don't always post a comment is simply workload, time and travel.

As you know, I am delighted to work for several companies and groups and the focus of my work constantly evolves. This blog, which is 'hit' from over 125 countries by many thousand people a year, only reflects a tiny part of what I am doing. I wish I had the time to write more, including the impact of Knowlsey, in informing learning styles and future school design.

Thanks for commenting again.