Posted on January 28, 2012

Two students, who spoke on behalf of fellow scholars at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha last November, have been selected to attend the “Learning Without Frontiers” (LWF) conference, which opened in London.

Sara Buhmaid, a Qatari national and senior student at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, was an eloquent contributor to the WISE 2011 closing session, while Bosnian Ivica Alpeza presided over an advocacy workshop as part of the event.

Both of the students are members of the “WISE Learners’ Voice” initiative, which aims to inspire young people to advocate progressive change in education. They were part of a 30-strong group from the initiative who participated in WISE 2011 as full delegates.

Throughout the event they blogged, tweeted, and conducted interviews for the benefit of their peers around the globe. As a result of the two students’ impressive contributions to WISE 2011, they were invited to take part in the LWF conference.

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“Learners’ Voice was definitely one of the most popular features of the last two WISE Summits,” said H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, Chairman of WISE and President of Hamad bin Khalifa University. “How can we seriously consider building the future of education without the input of those who are experiencing it at first hand, and who need it most to confront the challenges of our rapidly changing world? I am delighted that other conferences are realizing this and are following our example.”

The LWF conference, which has the central theme of “Superstructures and the Future of Learning” this year, gathers international leaders from the fields of education, technology and entertainment. The focus is on ways in which education should adapt to meet the needs of a so-called “digital society” in the 21st century.

Such challenges are central to the remit of WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Launched in 2009 under the auspices of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, WISE seeks to address the challenges facing education in the 21st century, to broaden international discussion, and to implement practical and sustainable solutions relating to the future of education.

WISE 2012 will take place in Doha from 13 – 15 November 2012.

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