The WISE Awards

2016 WISE Awards

2016 WISE Awards

2016 WISE Awards

The 2016 WISE Awards projects have been selected. The six winning projects were selected from a pool of 15 finalists for their creative approach to crucial education challenges and demonstrating positive impact on society. They originate from Canada, Lebanon, Brazil, France, India, and the USA. 

About the Winning Projects

The winning projects address education issues related to personalized learning, female employment, student underachievement, education in emergency contexts, and adult literacy.

JUMP Math uses a guided discovery method to teach K to 8 math in Canada, the USA, Spain, and Bulgaria. The program provides comprehensive, mostly free resources for teachers. Impact studies show that the program has significantly increased learning outcomes in comparison to conventional math programs. 

Education for Growth and Value Creation, based in Lebanon, supports the socio-economic status of rural Lebanese women through vocational education and training in tourism. The program focuses on regions with high rates of unemployment and urban migration. A key milestone in the initiative was the launch of the Institute of Management Services (IMS), which includes a formal, two-year training program, leading to a Diploma in Tourism Management and Hospitality.

Geekie is a personalized learning program supporting students in Brazil who take the Exame Nacional do Ensimo Médio (ENEM). It uses an e-platform with customizable and adaptable lesson plans to address student underachievement and high repetition rates among public school students. The program collects user  feedback to evolve and improve.

Ideas Box, a 2014-15 WISE Accelerator project, is a mobile education unit consisting of compact media centers with laptops, tablets, e-readers, books, cameras, games, and other resources to support refugees and other vulnerable populations. Each box can serve up to 70 people of all ages. Since it was successfully piloted in Burundi in 2014, additional boxes have been dispatched widely in refugee camps and in low-income urban areas where access to education is limited.

Little Ripples is an American project in Chad that reduces the barriers to early childhood education among Darfuri refugees through home-based education. It focuses on supporting the cognitive, social, and physical development of three- to five-year-olds. The project leverages existing refugee camp infrastructure by employing women from the community as teachers and cooks.

In rural India, Tara Akshar works to reduce high rates of adult illiteracy among women through a computerized program that uses the Laubach method over a period of 56 days. Implemented with strong stakeholder support, instructors are recruited and trained in the villages where Tara Akshar conducts its basic literacy and numeracy programs.

Education for Growth and Value Creation in Lebanon

Geekie: Personalized Learning for All

Ideas Box
Little Ripples: Culturally Inspired

Tara Akshar Literacy Program


Dr. Marwan Awartani,
Palestine Technical University, Palestine

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Horr,
Qatar Finance and Business Academy,

Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed,
Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies,
Qatar University,

Ms Aicha Bah Diallo,
Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE);
former Minister for Education, Guinea

Dr. Nick Burnett,
Results for Development,

Ms Claudia Costin,
Senior Director,
The World Bank Group,

Prof. Yin Cheong Cheng,
Vice President (R&D) and Chair Professor of Leadership and
Hong Kong Institute of Education,

Dr. Stefanos Gialamas,
American Community School of Athens,

Ms Lucy Lake,
CAMFED International,
United Kingdom

Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka,
Chief Executive Officer,
WISE, Qatar Foundation,