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.
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.