DOHA - The well-attended eighth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), focusing on education, media literacy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and social entrepreneurship concluded in Doha other day.

The eighth edition of World Summit on Innovation in Education (WISE) was attended by 2000 stake holders from 100 countries from across the World.

Speakers of the summit mainly focused on education, design thinking and nudging for right education choices, among others and the role of education in a post-truth world.

The opening session of the three-day conference was inaugurated by Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and the moot was featured with the announcement of the 2017 WISE Prize, the first of its kind to acknowledge the world’s leading and outstanding contributions to education.

After the inauguration, Sheikha Moza awarded a gold medal and a cash reward $500,000 to the winner; Educationist Dr. Patrick Awuah for his services in the education sector in Ghana.

The WISE Prize, aimed to raise global awareness of the pivotal role of education in all societies was launched in 2011 at the initiative of Sheikha Moza, and this year, six out of 15 projects qualified as finalists so far. The theme of WISE 2017, “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”, ignited debate about the education challenges in times of global disruption and economic uncertainty.

Sir Michael Barber, former chief advisor to Tony Blair and chief education advisor at Pearson, was one of the authors to shed light on his views, in a research paper on ‘How to deliver improved outcomes for school systems’. Besides, some of the world’s most creative leaders in the fields of education, technology, social entrepreneurship, global development, media and philanthropy flocked to Doha to participate in this conference.

The biennial global Summit, since its establishment in 2009, has become a premier international summit on the future of education. Sheikha Moza presented the 2017 WISE Prize for Education to Dr Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University, in Ghana.

The Education Above All Foundation, established by Her Highness in 2012, also featured sessions on refugee issues, new learning models, and education leadership.

The WISE Majlis featured experiential learning sessions for nearly 700 local students aged 12 to 14 and their teachers. The Majlis also included an exhibition space for WISE research authors, opportunities to interact with Qatar-based education organisations, and many other activities.

The two-day event featured diverse networking opportunities for delegates to interact and share experiences on their interests, projects, and education visions.

The WISE Summit, an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), closed with a discussion entitled: From Knowledge Economies to Knowledge Societies.

Key speakers included journalist and commentator Fareed Zakaria, dean Kishore Mahbubani of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, and the celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie. Stavros N Yiannouka, Chimamanda Adichie and the programme anchor Yalda Hakim at the concluding session.