WISE 2012: The WISE Prize for Education

Madhav Chavan, an innovator of low-cost mass literacy and numeracy, has been awarded the 2012 WISE Prize for Education. 

Madhav Chavan - 2012 WISE Prize Laureate

“Just like you need air, just like you need water, just like you need food, you need education.” Madhav Chavan

This year’s WISE Prize for Education has been awarded to Dr. Madhav Chavan, a former chemistry lecturer who devised a simple formula to bring education and literacy to millions at minimum cost.  

The Laureate of the 2012 WISE Prize for Education was announced at the opening plenary session of the fourth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, before more than 1,200 innovators from over 100 countries, including figures from the worlds of social enterprise, business, government, media and education.

Congratulating the Laureate, WISE Chairman H.E. Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani said: “Madhav Chavan serves as an inspiration to all of us. His story combines the passion of a social entrepreneur with the patience and method of a scientist.  His approach shows that the most important resources for successful innovation are a clear vision, determination and the ability to apply unrecognized capacities to a shared cause. Madhav Chavan has brought light into the lives of many millions of people and I congratulate him on his remarkable achievement.”

Find out more about Madhav Chavan and his outsanding achievements.


Established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, the WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or team of up to six people for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. 

The WISE Prize is enhancing the status of education by giving it similar prestige to other areas for which major international awards exist such as science, literature, peace and economics. 

The Laureate receives an award of $500,000 (US) and a gold medal.

> Download the 2012 WISE Prize brochure: online version – print version