2013 WISE Prize Laureate
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, awarded the 2013 WISE Prize for Education to Ms. Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva, during the Opening Ceremony of the 5th WISE Summit, held in Doha, October 29 - 31, 2013. Convinced that without basic education for all, nothing could be achieved, she has transformed the lives of ordinary people in Colombia and beyond,by putting the power of quality education in their hands. To date, Escuela Nueva has been implemented throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, East Timor and Vietnam, reaching more than five million children around the globe.
The WISE Prize for Education
It is our aim that this Prize should raise global awareness of the crucial role of education in all societies, and create a platform for innovative and practical solutions that might help alleviate some of the challenges which education faces around the world.” Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation
Global Recognition for Outstanding Achievements in Education
The annual WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team of up to six people working together for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, the WISE Prize for Education sets the standard for excellence in education, giving it similar status to other areas for which international prizes already exist, such as literature, peace and economics. The Laureate receives a monetary prize of $500,000 (US) and a gold medal. The WISE Prize for Education Laureate is honored as a global role model and ambassador for education.
Selecting the Laureate
Nominations for the WISE Prize for Education are made in the strictest confidence and the nominees are not made aware of their nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted and only the Laureate’s name is made public. Nominations are invited from individuals and institutions, which have demonstrated commitment to education such as schools, colleges, universities, teachers’ organizations, research facilities, cultural institutions, international organizations and private corporations. Eligible nominees will have demonstrated achievements that have had a lasting impact upon education at any level, through inspiring and visionary approaches.
The WISE Prize for Education Committee screens the nominations following which an international Jury of distinguished individuals makes the final selection. The announcement of the Laureate is one of the highlights of the annual WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar.
2012 WISE Prize Laureate
Dr. Madhav Chavan, Co-founder and CEO of Pratham, the largest education NGO in India, won the 2012 WISE Prize for Education for his remarkable contribution to low-cost mass literacy and numeracy learning. Dr Chavan devised a simple formula to bring basic education to millions of under-privileged children in India and the organization’s programs are now active in 17 of the country’s 28 states. Pratham’s initiatives address pre-school education to both in-school and out-of-school children, computer literacy, vocational training and special programs for vulnerable and working children.
2011 WISE Prize Laureate
The first WISE Prize for Education was awarded to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairman of Bangladesh-based BRAC, one of the world’s leading development organizations. Over the last 40 years, BRAC has contributed directly to the education of more than 10 million students, from pre-primary to through secondary levels. Now active in nine other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, BRAC is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world.