- Published: Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:31
On May 4th, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announced this year's finalists for the WISE Awards. Fifteen innovating projects offering concrete solutions to contemporary education challenges have been chosen, among which featured the Ideas Box.
Since its launch in early 2014, the Ideas Box has helped respond to the challenge of access to information, culture and education for refugee and vulnerable populations throughout the world. Several Ideas Box are today implemented in Burundi, Jordan, Lebanon but also in Greece, France, Australia and as of last summer in the United States (the Bronx and Detroit).
Created by the Qatar foundation in 2009, the WISE Awards bring forward creative projects take up contemporary challenges in terms of education and build up a community of pioneers in education which can inspire other initiatives.
Selected by a preliminary jury of international experts, 2016 WISE Awards finalists offer creative responses to key issues, such as access to quality education, teaching of STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and acquisition of entrepreneurial skills.
A jury composed of prominent specialists in education will select the six most innovative projects. The laureates will be announced in September 2016. In addition to an important visibility and the opportunity of creating a network, every project will be awarded a $20 000 (US) prize.
This is the second year the Ideas Box has figured among the WISE Awards finalists, having accomplished the same feat in 2014. For more information about this year's WISE Awards and finalists check out http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards-2016