Posted on April 22, 2014

The (WISE) revealed today 15 projects from around the world which have been selected as the 2014 WISE Awards Finalists. This year’s shortlisted projects represent some of the most inspiring and visionary work undertaken by non-governmental and charitable organizations, cultural institutions and the private sector.

Inaugurated in 2009, the WISE Awards identify and promote novel solutions to real-world education challenges. This year’s Finalists showcase creative approaches to issues of access, quality and employment. The projects combine conventional tools with a range of technologies to achieve results in a variety of areas which include: special needs education, promoting literacy and reading, running a small business, and reaching marginalized communities.

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Chairman of WISE and Chairman of the WISE Awards Jury, commented: “This year’s WISE Awards Finalists represent some of the most innovative and groundbreaking projects currently changing lives around the world. They originate in many countries and they are breaking down barriers to education in many areas. The sustainable, replicable solutions created by these educational projects can help improve access, quality and relevance the world over.”

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The WISE Awards Finalist projects, evaluated by a Pre-Jury of internationally recognized education experts, demonstrated innovative thinking and a concrete impact on communities and societies, as well as a potential to be replicated in other contexts and regions. The six winning projects will be announced in September and celebrated at the sixth World Innovation Summit for Education, November 4-6, 2014, in Doha, Qatar. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).

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