Posted on May 21, 2018

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), is to hold a one-day forum as part of the Global Goals Week, a series of events taking place during the United Nations General Assembly under the auspices of the UN Foundation.

The WISE@NY forum will take place in New York on September 22, under the theme ‘Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion’, for education stakeholders and change-makers to explore innovation in education and re-imagine learning environments.

By showcasing education enterprises and projects from its global programs – the WISE Awards and the WISE Accelerator – WISE@NY aims to demonstrate the positive role that innovation can play in enhancing access to education and improving learning outcomes. In the 2016 WISE Accelerator, Kepler, based in Rwanda, scaled its new university model across Africa with education-to-employment support and US-accredited degrees. Seven of the WISE Awards winners to date have been based in the US, including Speed School and PhET Interactive Simulations. All of the winning projects are enabling innovation with an international reach.

The forum will also serve to highlight the longstanding engagements WISE hold with US policy-makers, thought leaders, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. In 2015, then-First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a keynote address at WISE 2015 to mobilize support for girls’ education worldwide.

WISE@NY will engage up to 500 local and international thought leaders, decision-makers, and practitioners from a variety of sectors, including education, business, politics, civil society, and the media, from around the world. “Education innovation is on the global agenda, and it is an important part of our mission at WISE to tangibly demonstrate the transformative power of education and the role that innovation can play in ensuring that quality education is available to all who need it. New York, as a global hub and especially during the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, provides the ideal setting for WISE to deliver its message of hope,” said Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of WISE.

WISE@NY will address topics such as equity and inclusion; learning environments; multi-stakeholder relationships; strengthening the education ecosystem; and utilizing technology, art, and culture to enhance learning outcomes. Participating projects from the WISE Accelerator and WISE Awards will also be celebrated and showcased. WISE@ events are a series of local and regional education forums that take place between WISE biennial global summits. With the support of local partners, WISE has so far organized regional WISE@ events in Tunisia, China, Spain, and Ghana.