"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.
About the WISE Prize
Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a 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 international prizes already exist, such as literature, peace and economics. The WISE Prize Laureate, who’s name is announced at the annual Summit’s Opening Plenary Session, receives a prize of $500,000 (US) and a medal.
WISE Prize Laureates since 2011
2013 – Ms Vicky Colbert
The 2013 WISE Prize for Education was awarded to Ms Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Ms Colbert recognized that education is the keystone of human development and, combining her experience as a researcher, policy maker and social entrepreneur, has empowered five million children around the globe with high-quality basic education. She launched her education model in her home country, Colombia, and it has now been implemented throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as further afield in East Timor and Vietnam.
2012 – Dr. Madhav Chavan
Dr. Madhav Chavan, Co-founder and CEO of Pratham, the largest education NGO in India, won the WISE Prize for Education in 2012. 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 - Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
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.