Day 2 WISE 2009: Global Leaders Converge to Identify Specific Strategic Educational Priorities

By World Innovation Summit For Education - Wise, PRNE
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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DOHA, Qatar, November 18 - The World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE, an initiative of Qatar
Foundation, continued in Doha, Qatar today with 1,000 representatives from
various sectors including politics, academia, international institutions,
the private sector, NGOs and others listening to and debating on the
challenges and solutions for education in the 21st century.

Following a very successful opening day which was launched by
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chair of Qatar Foundation
for Education, Science and Community Development, the international
participants worked intensively during the second day to identify current
worldwide educational challenges and explore potential solutions.

The second day of WISE offered a unique opportunity to focus
on specific issues including the education of people with special needs,
gender inequality and sustaining education in critical circumstances. This
multidisciplinary international delegation is identifying strategic
priorities which will then be formalized in a declaration during the closing
plenary session of the third and final day of the Summit.

Addressing the Summit's opening plenary session on
Sustainability, Former Chancellor of Germany, Mr. Gerhard Schroder declared
that "we must make use of all available talents, skills and aptitudes,"
adding that "any country that wants to be successful, either economically or
culturally, must utilize these resources. There is only one way to ensure
that Governments continue to put an emphasis on education and that is through
pressure by the people".

Among the other notable contributions at the Sustainability
plenary session on day two were:

    - President of Qatar University, Professor Sheikha Abdulla
    Al-Misnad, who stressed that education is "not a static entity, but a
    living, breathing one that is constantly evolving". Professor Al-Misnad
    went on to say that "on both a national and global level, it is important
    that the efforts of educational institutions complement rather than
    compete with each other. This entails harnessing resources and existing
    technologies to serve a wider base beyond the immediate community."

    - United Nations' Under-Secretary-General for Communications
    and Public Information, Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, who said that "the time has
    come for a new culture of 'intellectual social responsibility', one that
    takes teaching, learning and research beyond the classroom, laboratory or

Day two of WISE also featured a series of highly-engaging
breakout sessions, categorized into 'Selected Priorities' and 'Solutions'.

Under the 'Selected Priorities' series of discussions, key
policy areas debated included 'Women's Education', 'Education and Community
Development', 'Sustaining Education in Critical Circumstances, Conflict Zones
and Poverty' and 'Special Needs Education'.

Speaking at the 'Special Needs Education' session, Founder and
Director of SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, Professor Lizabeth Goodman
demonstrated how through innovation and technology, they are working in
partnership with people with special needs to create open source software
that enables a two-way educational interface.

She added: "It is vital that technology and support is offered
to people with special needs and their network at the earliest possible stage
in order to allow this community to fully realise their abilities."

The 'Solutions' breakout sessions, meanwhile, comprehensively
covered a number of relevant educational issues such as 'Managing
International Mobility', 'Education and Governance for Trust and
Sustainability', Accreditation and Quality' and 'Increasing Access Through

During the "Managing International Mobility" session, Dr.
Diana Davis, Associate Provost for International Initiatives, Princeton
, emphasized the urgent need to promote more collaborative global
partnerships between higher education institutions. She also suggested that a
renewed focus on volunteerism should form an integral part of any such
expanded educational alliances.

Strategic Director, Partnership For Schools, Mr. Steve Moss,
concluded the session on 'Education and Governance for Trust and
Sustainability' by underlining the importance of developing leadership
capacity across the community in order to guarantee the sustainability of
educational institutions.

The three-day Summit concludes tomorrow with an analysis of
the role of innovation in overcoming educational challenges. A final closing
session will allow the international gathering to focus on achieving a
declaration defining educational priorities and next steps for WISE.


WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) is a global,
groundbreaking collaborative initiative established by Qatar Foundation under
the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. WISE
seeks to monitor and contribute to 21st century challenges and their impact
on education. With 1,000 leading education stakeholders, opinion leaders and
decision-makers from 120 countries and from the spheres of education,
politics, international institutions, NGOs, grassroots movements, the private
sector, media and multimedia, culture and the arts. WISE endeavours to
propose visionary thinking on education, offer new ways of addressing current
global challenges and untapped opportunities and anticipate future education
models. The WISE Forum will take place in Doha, Qatar, from November 16th to
18th, 2009
. Sponsors of the Summit are Exxon Mobile, Qatar Petroleum and
Microsoft Corporation.

Full details on the WISE website:


Founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin
Khalifa Al Thani
, Emir of Qatar, Qatar Foundation is a non-profit
organization focusing on education, scientific research and community
development. Under Qatar Foundation's umbrella are Education City, which
comprises elite universities, several academic and training programs and
Qatar Science and Technology Park, which boasts more than twenty-one
world-class companies involved in scientific research and development.

Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned,
Qatar Foundation also aims to enhance lives through community development
initiatives including Doha Debates, Reach out To Asia and Al Jazeera
Children's Channel.

Joint venture partnerships in the areas of design, ICT,
telecommunications, policy studies and event management contribute to
fulfilling the objectives of the Qatar Foundation.

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