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April 2, 2019

2019 WISE Awards Finalists Announced


The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) – an initiative of Qatar Foundation – has announced the 15 finalists for the 2019 WISE Awards.

The WISE Awards recognize and promote innovative projects from across the world that are addressing global educational challenges. This year, the 15 finalists – selected by a panel of international experts – come from nine countries.

The projects tackle a number of pressing issues, including early childhood education; girls’ education; coding and digital skills; innovative higher educational models; improving teacher training and motivation; education in emergencies; stimulating critical thinking and creativity; alternative ways of learning for employment; and personal safety education for children.

Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said: “Each of the 2019 WISE Awards finalists has built an effective, tested solution to a global educational challenge.

“Whether ensuring access to fundamental early childhood education or preparing children for the 21st Century workplace, each project is already transforming children’s lives, and provides an inspirational model for others to adopt. This is vital to our mission at WISE, which centres around celebrating and enabling innovation in education.”

The 2019 finalists are Micro:bit Educational Foundation; United World Schools: Teaching the Unreached; Akilah Institute; Family Business for Education; MyMachine; Personal Safety Education Program; Stawisha Leadership Institute; OpenClassrooms; ReBootKamp; Dost Education’ Peer Coaching Plan; Moringa School; Institut de l’Engagement; Programa Criança Feliz; and CareerAware.

The projects were selected from a pool of 482 submissions evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

The winning projects will be announced in July 2019, and celebrated at the 2019 WISE Summit, taking place from November 19-21, 2019, in Doha. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each initiative will receive $20,000 (US). For further information, please visit