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August 31, 2018

Program Unveiled for Groundbreaking WISE@NY Forum

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Over 350 innovators, education experts, and thought leaders will take personalized journeys designed to help shape the future of education next month at the WISE@NY forum, organized by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) – an initiative of Qatar Foundation - as part of the Global Goals Week, a series of events taking place during the United Nations General Assembly under the auspices of the UN Foundation.
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The forum, which takes place on September 22 at the Altman Building in New York under the theme ‘Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion’, is the first WISE Forum to be held in the US. Its highlights will include the presentation of the 2018 WISE Awards, and a showcase of the innovative projects developed by the 2018-2019 WISE Accelerator cohort.

The participatory sessions at WISE@NY will include discussions with experts that revolve around education leadership and moving research to action; panels exploring the enhancement of lifelong learning in cities, STEM learning, instilling new skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and education funding; and WISE Talks, allowing participants to discover more about the WISE Awards Laureates.

Meanwhile, ‘Sparkshows’ will feature the innovators behind WISE Accelerator projects pitching their ideas; workshops, virtual reality activities, and a Forum Theatre will provide a hands-on learning experience; and an Interactive Lab, run by C2 Montreal, will encourage participants to collaborate in envisioning ‘The Future of Schools’ and share their solutions.

Among the high-level speakers at WISE@NY will be Gerardo Lopez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah, who said: “There cannot be an educational revolution without radical courage and the audacity to insist that education be available to all children, regardless of their circumstances.

“WISE@NY will provide a platform for an international, multi-sectoral audience to discuss this and other topics that are integral to the future of global education - sharing ideas and experiences, building networks of knowledge, and identifying innovative solutions that can transform challenges into opportunities.”

WISE@NY speakers will also include Dr. Patrick Awuah, Founder and President, Ashesi University, Ghana; Dr. Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, Chairman, House of Mandela; Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and Chief Executive Director, Institute of International Education (IIE)
Jim Shelton, Head Education Initiative, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, as well as Mr. Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE.

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