HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, on Wednesday attended the WISE Prize which was held within the activities of the 10th edition of the World Innovation Summit for Education WISE 2021.
HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and a number of officials, experts and specialists from various countries participating in the conference.
In the final stages, 12 projects from 9 countries competed for prizes, including 6 winning projects, all of which were evaluated according to strict criteria that include factors of innovation, scalability and sustainability and its impact on individuals, groups and societies in their local environments or at the global level, as well as the distinction of financial stability and adopt a clear development plan and be capable of development and replication, and all seek to address the most pressing global challenges in the field of education.
Each of the winning projects will receive a financial prize of $20,000 and will receive wide media coverage and opportunities to communicate and cooperate with many parties.
Director of Programmes and Chief Curator at WISE Dr Ameena Abdul Majeed, handed over the prizes to the winning projects this year, which are the "Happiness Curriculum" issued by the Government of Delhi. The curriculum organizers have entered into a partnership in the school curricula dedicated to well-being, happiness, self-awareness, critical thinking and other social and emotional skills. This work had a positive impact on 800,000 students in 1,024 schools, increasing their levels of participation and focus in the classroom.
The second project is "onebillion" which developed an integrated technology platform for education in the form of a tablet and an application for all children with the aim of enhancing numeracy, reading and writing skills in the languages they speak regardless of their environment. The application provides children with learning sessions that suit their needs.
The third project named "Trauma Informed Schools" focuses on education through trauma awareness in the schools of the Republic of Turkey. The idea is to transform the classroom into a safe space for children suffering from traumatic psychological experiences, through a multi-pronged approach targeting children and the community around them, by providing training courses and workshops with the teaching staff and caregivers.
The number of beneficiaries reached 5,216 children, 406 teachers and 190 caregivers.
As for the fourth project "Lets All Learn to Read", it developed a comprehensive and innovative model for learning to read and write for primary school students. The project also provided teachers with reading materials, necessary training and a grading system to help all students, with or without learning difficulties, to reach normal reading levels. The project benefited 703,277 children and teachers in public schools in Colombia and Panama, in addition the governments of the two countries have adopted the program as part of their general policies.
The fifth winning project is "Taleemabad" which means Education City in Urdu. It was chosen thanks to its integration of Pakistani classrooms using digital technologies that provide educational content that is highly adapted to the local context and the prevailing Pakistani culture with Pakistan's national curriculum and children learning English and Urdu, in addition to mathematics and science in various grades of primary schools.
The last winning project is the "ProFuturo Digital Education Program, made by the Telefonica Foundation and the La Caixa Foundation. It is designed to operate in weak environments, whether or not it has access to the Internet. The program focuses on training and supporting teachers in enhancing their educational practices and digital skills so that they can provide the best educational level for their students. The program is spread across 40 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, and the number of beneficiaries has exceeded 914,000 teachers and 19.7 million children.
During another session within the activities of the summit, Engineer Tanmay Bakshi, 18, an expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence programming at Google and a consulting software engineer at IBM, spoke on the use of technology to facilitate people's lives and help technology professionals. He also talked about his journey in learning technology since his childhood and the projects he undertook to develop society and education methods, affirming the need to launch initiatives to develop solutions to current and future problems, link technology and education in different and more effective ways and qualifying teachers to be proficient in dealing with modern devices while preparing students for an "unknown" future by providing them with experience of dealing with events that we do not yet know what they are.