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WISE 2017 Word Innovation Summit for Education

ARABIC SPARK has been Invited to the 2017 World Summit For Education ( WISE ).

The WISE 2017 which is was an initiative of the Qatar Foundation kick started on Tuesday the 14th of November through to Thursday the 16th of November 2017. It was held at the Qatar National Center and it featured great educators from all over the world who graced the event as participants and contributors.

On the first day  of the Summit ARABIC SPARK was meet many educators discussed various issues relating to teaching way.

The second day of the summit featured brain dates, two workshops, a Meet with Qatar Foundation young leaders and was summed up with a grand dinner. The brain dates were hosted at Majlis Brain-date Lounge by ARABIC SPARK, and it was titled; How Higher Education Institutio ns Should Internationalize?” There, ARABIC SPARK concerns about WISE 2017 was addressed, we discussed various issues relating to internationalizing higher education institutions. Many scholarly and experienced contributions were made as we tried to ascertain the problems associated with internationalizing these institutions and the way forward. This brain date was followed by a workshop hosted by Mr. Emad Salf on “Co-Creation, Using the LEGO Serious Play” and a second workshop hosted by Professor David Gauntlett on “How Social Entrepreneurs Can Scale Up Playful, Learning Initiatives, With LEGO Foundation and Ashoka”  ARABIC SPARK  had a online TV interview with Shabiba newspaper and after that there was a networking dinner at the fire station.

On the third and last day of the event, the brain dates continued, and workshops were held on; “Assumption and Biases in the Classroom” “Green Classroom Professional” “Introducing a Bi-lingual Curriculum in Qatar” and “Equitable Access To Higher Education; How Do We Meet Global Challenge?”; this last workshop was hosted by Graeme Atherton and while discussing the equitability of access to higher education, talks were given on the need to find a solution to the problem of education for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), because to do otherwise, is to lose a whole generation to unpleasant vices.

During the summit, ARABIC SPARK met fascinating educationist and amazing personnel of the academia. One of the most intriguing was WISE 2015 winner, Mrs. H.E Sakina Yaqobi who is from Afghanistan. She is an amazing person;

This year’s theme, Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together reflects the commitment of WISE to address important education challenges in times of disruption and economic uncertainty stemming from conflict, mass migration, growing inequality, on-going, rapid technological change and other forces.

Dr. Patrick Awuah Awarded the 2017 WISE Prize for Education.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser presented the WISE Prize for Education to Dr. Patrick Awuah at the eighth World Innovation for Education in Doha, Qatar on November 15, 2017.

On receiving the WISE Prize for Education, Dr. Awuah said: “I am honored to receive the WISE Prize for Education. This is a crucial moment for Africa – today, one out of six people on earth live in Africa, and this is set to rise to one in four by 2050. We urgently need to boost the education system in Africa to ensure we can tap into this shift to strengthen the continent. Winning the WISE Prize will support the work we are already doing at Ashesi University College to inspire and educate, and build a community of people who can navigate the complexities of Africa’s growth and set an example for the rest of the world.”

The WISE 2017 was an event like no other. It gave an opportunity for participants to share really insightful ideas, meet and corroborate plans and teaching patterns and it addressed salient challenges faced by the educational sector both in Qatar and in the world generally.

I am sure that we can progress FURTHER!

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