The WISE Awards

2014 WISE Awards

2014 WISE Awards

The 2014 WISE Awards winning projects have been selected. The six innovative education projects originate from Australia, Egypt, Finland, India, Jordan, and Peru. They were selected from a pool of 15 Finalists for their creative approach to learning and positive impact on society.

About the Winning Projects

The winning projects address several education challenges linked to access, literacy, creativity, and employment. 

‘Alternate Education for Rural Development in Peru’ and ‘Me and My City’ in Finland use real-life models and provide hands-on training to equip youth with skills to match the needs of the local market.

The Jordan-based ‘We Love Reading’ program is training women to bring a love of reading to children, and provides a rich learning experience outside the school walls. This cost-effective program has spread across the Arab world and beyond.

In Australia, ‘The Song Room’ uses arts and music to improve social well-being and learning outcomes among children from underprivileged backgrounds.  In Egypt, the ‘Street Children: Re-integration through Education’ program is taking children off the streets by reconnecting them with their families and the public school system. 

In India, ‘Educate Girls’ tackles core issues of gender inequality in the education system. The project is building a cadre of village-based youth leaders to champion girls' education and become catalysts for school reform.  They work within schools as well as village communities to encourage parents to send their girls to school, boosting enrolment, retention and learning outcomes for all girls. 

Alternate Education for Rural
Development in Peru

Educate Girls

Me & MyCity

Street Children: Reintegration
through Education

The Song Room

We Love Reading

The WISE Awards Ceremony

The achievements of the WISE Awards winning projects will be celebrated at a special ceremony on November 5 during the 2014 WISE Summit, in Doha, Qatar.

Download the 2014 Awards Brochure Regulations and criteria


Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock,           
Prof. Yin Cheong Cheng,          
Ms Vicky Colbert,                     
Dr. Elizabeth King,                    



  • Ms Estela Souza, International Consultant for Learning and Innovation, Argentina 
  • Ms Ana Raad, Head of Education, Fundación Chile, 2012 WISE Awards Winner, Chile 
  • Dr. Charles Goldman, Senior Economist, RAND, USA 
  • Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, President, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
  • Mr. James Jones, Manager of Community Investment Programs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, USA 
  • Ms Aurora Vélez García, Learning World Producer & Senior Journalist, Euronews, Spain 
  • Mr. Paul Collard, CEO, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE); 2011 WISE Awards Winner, UK
  • Ms Dorothy Garland, Director, Professional Networks, former Deputy Secretary General, ACU, UK 
  • Ms Sheetal Mehta, Trustee and Executive Director, K. C. Mahindra Education Trust, 2009 WISE Awards Winner, India 
  • Mr. Wei Wei, Head of Asia, Optimus Foundation, China
  • Dr. Sungchul Chung, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), Republic of Korea
  • Ms Jenny LewisExecutive Director, International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Australia 
  • Mr. Marwan Tarazi, Director, Center for Continuing Education, Birzeit University, Palestine 
  • Dr. Florence Tobo Lobé, Founder & President, Rubisadt Foundation, Cameroon
  • Ms Bruktawit Tigabu, General Manager and Co-Founder, Whiz Kids Workshop; 2010 Rolex Young Laureate, Ethiopia