Posted on September 08, 2015

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) has announced the new cohort of outstanding young people who will be participating in the 2015-2016 Learners’ Voice programme. Thirty-three young men and women from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including three Qataris, have been selected to join the international Learners’ Voice community and engage in global dialogue on pressing issues in education.

WISE is a Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) global initiative that helps build the future of education through innovation and empowerment. A testament to QF’s commitment to realising the Qatar National Vision 2030, it also supports the country’s journey toward establishing a knowledge-based economy. The WISE Learners’ Voice programme brings the voice of young people to the challenge of rethinking education, and equips them to take on leading roles in their fields and in the world of education. The programme focuses on building their knowledge of education, as well as their communication, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills.

“I am very happy to be part of the WISE Learners' Voice programme,” said Ibrahim Al Hashmi, Qatar, 2015-2016 Learner. I think it is very important as it provides an outlet for the learners to contribute and to voice their opinions on educational issues. In many ways, Qatar has been in the process of developing its own education system, and, as a Qatari, I am excited to be given this opportunity to play a part in this development through the Learners' Voice. And I look forward to the experience and knowledge that I will acquire through the programme.”

The new cohort will start the Learners’ Voice programme at the WISE Summit, which will take place in Doha, Qatar between 3-5 November 2015. In addition to the WISE Summit, the Learners will participate in two intensive residential sessions delivered by expert faculty, in addition to a variety of online and on-site activities. In a key component of the programme, the Learners will form teams in order to conceive and design grass-roots projects that address critical education challenges.