WISE Learners' Voice

2017-18 Learners' Voice

The 2017-18 Learners’ Voice cohort consists of 20 outstanding Learners from 17 countries, selected from a diverse pool of applicants, who strongly demonstrate their commitment to the field of education, through their academic, professional and/or personal work. In a key component of the program the Learners are tasked with developing innovative, educational interventions to a pressing social issue identified by WISE. This year the participants are engaged in theoretical and practical components relating to the Global Forced Migration and Displacement Crisis.

The Learners participate in two intensive residential sessions delivered by expert faculty, online project development, project piloting, and the final project pitch at global education events. 

First Residential Session

Participants work with WISE partners on the ground to gain a practical understanding of the challenges facing the refugee and migrant communities in Athens. Theoretical sessions delivered by expert faculty complement the experiential component by providing a global overview. The blend of experiential and academic immersion is designed to provide participants with a holistic understanding of the global forced migration challenge and to enable them to co-create relevant, feasible interventions focused on the real needs of the community they are supporting.

Find out more about the first residential session

Online Project Development

In this component, participants work in project teams, which were formed in the first residential session, throughout the year with guidance from the Learners’ Voice Team and expert mentors from the WISE community. After a thorough evaluation, selected projects will be invited to pitch to an audience of relevant stakeholders, including potential donors and partners.

Second Residential Session and Pilot

During the second session, teams participate in experiential workshops on social entrepreneurship, innovation, and communication delivered by various experts. The session equips participants with the necessary frameworks and skills to refine and strengthen their project proposals, develop their entrepreneurial pitch, and pilot their projects. Based on the strength of the project proposals selected teams have the opportunity to pilot their projects with their target community. The purpose of the pilot is to test the idea on a small scale and evaluate its benefits, risks, and feasibility. The pilot phase is conducted in partnership with organizations on the ground.

Find out more about the second residential session


Based on the findings from the pilot and the strength of the final submission, selected teams will be given the opportunity to pitch their projects to an audience of relevant experts, practitioners, and stakeholders.

Meet the Learners

Noor Al-Qaedi,

Ryan Steven Vargas Angeles,

Sadiki Bamperineza,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Alejandro Inti Bonomo,

HY William Chan,

María Constanza Cardinali,

Sebastian Cortes,

Drew Edwards,
United States of America

Anum Essa,

Charlotte Evans,
United States of America

Beyan Flomo Pewee,

Costas Georgiades,
Netherlands & Cyprus

Kelly Taylor,

Boya Yang,

Jesmin Nahar,

Stacey Nwokeyi,

Nephtaly Andoney Pierre-Louis,

Christine Safwat,

Kaitlynn Saldanha,
United States of America

Vansh Saluja,