Tuesday, 1 November 2011
I am delighted to have been invited to the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) for the second year running. Launched in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser WISE is now in it's third year.
WISE is an international multi sector forum for creative thinking debate and purposeful action. It seeks to mobilise decision makers and practitioners to seek innovative solutions to todays educational challenges and to share best practice. With 1,200 delegates from 120 countries, it truly is the leading international education conference in the world. It is unique and the underlying premis is built on the belief that building on and implementing best practices in education is the best way to secure a prosperous future for individuals and societies in all parts of the world.
The conference consists of a series of plenary sessions, seminars, panel discussions and interviews as well as numerous networking opportunities. With over 120 speakers from all around the world the range of experiences here is just phenomenal. The conference days are long, finishing at past six o'clock, but with this many people in the same place everyone has to make the most of this amazing conference.
One development I am really pleased to see is the greater participation of students. Thirty students, carefully selected from numerous countries have already had a two day mini conference and are spending the days interviewing delegates, reporting on sessions and running their own presentation. This is a great response to comments last year - and I am sure their participation will continue to grow, along with the conference.
Several more posts will follow about this years WISE Conference over the next few days, but thank you for allowing me to be here again.