This year one of the WISE Awards is for a project that, in addition to "Transforming Education", has best provided innovative financing of primary education. The winning project comes from Bangladesh, where solar-powered floating schools ensure year-round primary education to students in flood-prone areas, even during the height of the monsoon period.
This emphasis on primary education reflects the support of Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 on achieving universal primary education. The WISE focus in 2012 on an innovative financing project is designed to stimulate efforts worldwide to reach MDG 2.
Finalists and Winners of the WISE Awards will participate in the annual WISE Summit taking place November 13 - 15 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar, under the theme "Collaborating for Change".
List of the 2012 WISE Awards Winning Education Initiatives:
Cristo Rey Network Corporate Work Study Program, United States of America
PSU Educarchile, Chile
Satya Bharti School Program, India
Solar-Powered Floating Schools, Bangladesh (WISE Awards Winner for innovative financing of primary education)
Transforming Steung Meanchey Through Education, Cambodia
WISE 2012 will take place in Doha 13-15 November 2012. http://www.wise-qatar.org
To find out more about the WISE Awards, please visit: http://www.wise-qatar.org/awards