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US-based visionary educator Larry Rosenstock named 2019 WISE Prize for Education Laureate

Ailyn Agonia
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser presented Larry Rosenstock, CEO and Founding Principal of US-based High Tech High, the seventh WISE Prize for Education Laureate at the Opening Plenary of the 2019 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) held at the Qatar National Convention Center on Wednesday. 
Rosenstock received the prestigious award before an audience of more than 3000 delegates from over 110 countries- signifying a record number of attendance. 
The event was attended by President of the Republic of Armenia HE Dr Armen Sarkissian, who delivered a special keynote speech on the occasion, and Qatar Foundation (QF) CEO and Vice Chairperson HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al Thani. 
Qatar Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi formally opened the global summit which was also attended by ministers, first ladies, dignitaries and global education leaders.
Rosenstock was recognised for his contribution to quality education through his innovative learning model that allows students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to succeed. High Tech High, founded in 2000, breaks down a number of barriers: the obstacles to accessing quality education, the separation of academic from technical learning, and the isolation of schools from the community and the real world.
WISE CEO Stavros N. Yiannouka, who had the honour of announcing the latest recipient of the WISE Prize for Education Laureate, described Rosenstock as a role model for all concerned with building the future of education as a foundation for a more secured, prosperous and sustainable world. 
“The aim of the Prize is to raise global awareness of the crucial role that education plays in all societies and create platform for innovative and practical solutions that might help alleviate some of the challenges which education faces around the word. The 2019 laureate, like all previous laureates, fully embodies all the qualities and values of the Prize,” the WISE Chief said. 
In his brief acceptance speech, Rosenstock extended his appreciation to the leadership of WISE and QF not just for recognising his work but for creating the Prize which he described as “elevating the work of educating young people worldwide”. 
He said, “For me to be in the company of past winners of this prize, who have now made an impact in education around the world, is very moving. I have been most fortunate to be surrounded by passionate educators who engage students naturally, develop their skills and help them set their sights higher.” 
The latest edition of WISE features sessions and discussions anchored on the theme “Unlearn Relearn: What It Means to be Human”. 
In his opening remarks, Qatar’s Minister of Education Dr Al Hammadi has stressed that human development is at the cornerstone of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.Similarly, the official put the spotlight on the developments in the education system in Qatar to cater to the needs of its people including early childhood education programmes, best practices provided in secondary schools and the presence of branches of some of the world’s best international colleges and universities. He also highlighted Qatar’s commitment to providing education access to people with special needs as well as the nation’s outstanding programmes in the field of research. 
“The values of tolerance, mutual respect, cultural understanding, understanding of the pillars of global citizenship, renunciation of intolerance, violence, terrorism, and commitment to sustainable development have become the foundation of Qatar's educational curriculum and an integral part of its construction,” said HE Dr Al Hammadi.  
“The presence of such a large group of policymakers, thought-leaders, researchers, teachers, and youth sends the message that education is not the responsibility of a particular institution, but a responsibility that we all share, because education has an impact on our world and our future as human beings,” he added. 
While in his keynote speech, Armenian President Sarkissian said, “I believe education should have one important function – to find talent. Every child is born with some talent, and as educators, your job is to nurture it. Secondly, you must remember that not everyone has the same privileges as you – many are deprived of basic rights such as education. So, never forget to share. And finally, I want to tell the youth to believe in themselves.”
The opening of the Summit also featured presentations by Future of Life Institute Co-founder Max Tegmark, IPSOS Global Affairs CEO Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Yale University Professor Nicholas Christakis. 
Established 10 years ago, more than $28 million donations and investments raised by startups have been supported by WISE. During this time, WISE has also served 150 organisations, projects and start-ups, and has represented more than 254 million beneficiaries.

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