2012 WISE Awards Seek Groundbreaking Projects in Education

Application Process Now Open

DOHA, Qatar, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Representatives of original and pioneering initiatives in education are invited to apply for the 2012 WISE Awards which will be presented to six successful projects at the 2012 WISE Summit, November 13-15,in Doha, Qatar.

Now in their 4th year, the WISE Awards recognize and spotlight innovative educational projects from around the world, and from all educational sectors, which have had a transformative impact upon education and society. Applications are open from April 1 to May 31, 2012.

The winning projects will be showcased at the annual WISE Summit and will benefit from substantial media visibility, helping promote their achievements and developments. They will each also be given $20,000 (US). The theme of the WISE Awards 2012 is “Transforming Education”.

One of the 2012 WISE Awards will be for a project that has best delivered innovative financing of primary education. This reflects the support of Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 2 on achieving universal primary education and it is designed to stimulate innovative projects targeted at achieving MDG 2.

A panel will examine the applications and 24 finalists will be announced in July. A Jury of leading educational experts will then select the six most innovative projects. The Winners of the WISE Awards 2012 will be announced in September.

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, PhD, Chairman of WISE and Chairman of the WISE Awards Jury, said: “Over the last three years we have received very impressive applications for the WISE Awards which are having an outstanding impact on people’s lives around the world. Great innovations need to be recognized and made accessible to all so that they can be expanded, adapted and replicated, and can inspire and benefit other communities.”

The closing date for applications is May 31. To submit a project for the WISE Awards or for further information about WISE and the WISE Awards, please visit www.wise-qatar.org.