January 4, 2016

WISEHolds First Residential Session of the Learners’ Voice Program

For the third consecutive year, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Learners’ Voice Program will host a residential session in Doha, bringing together 33 young learners, including three Qataris, for an intensive ten-day workshop on education leadership at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The 2015-16 students, who began their journey at the November WISE Summit, will attend the first of two core residential sessions from 4th to 12th January 2016, which are designed to impart a foundational understanding of key concepts and evolving trends in education, as well as knowledge of pressing global education challenges.

The 2015-16 learners were chosen from over 1,300 applications submitted from around the world.Learners’ Voice has had a lasting impact on its participants as it has evolved to include residential sessions, online activities and the development of group projects.

A successful story is that of the Orenda Project developed during the 2013-14 Learners’ Voice Program by four students from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q) and one student from the UK’s University of Warwick. The Orenda Project is based on the concept of co-creation as a way to increase access to education and works directly with target populations to establish schools in a sustainable, community-driven way.

The Learners’ Voice Program was established in 2010 as an initiative of WISE with the intention of engaging the perspectives and creative energies of young people in debates around important education issues and challenges.This year’s learners, aged 18-25, collectively represent 29 countries, and will benefit from the expertise of the WISE team and global education specialists including faculty from Yale University and Babson College. The Learners’ Voice Program is supported by its partners Banco Santander through its Universities Global Division.

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