The WISE Prize for Education

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. 

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 for Education 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 inaugural WISE Prize for Education was awarded at WISE 2011 to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC, a Bangladesh-based initiative that has improved the lives of millions through education across three continents. The 2012 WISE Prize For Education was awarded to Dr. Madhav Chavan, co-founder and CEO of Pratham, the largest education NGO in India that provides education and literacy to millions at minimum cost. The third WISE Prize was awarded at WISE 2013 to Ms. Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva and co-creator of the Escuela Nueva education model.

The WISE Prize Laureates are inspiring role models for all those concerned with building the future of education as the foundation for a more secure, prosperous and sustainable world. 

The Laureate will be announced at the 2014 Summit to be held on November 4-6, 2014 in Doha, Qatar.  Learn more on the nomination process here.


Selecting The Laureate

Nominations for the WISE Prize for Education are invited from individuals and institutions with a demonstrable commitment to education such as colleges, international organizations or private corporations. Eligible nominees will have demonstrated achievements that have had a lasting impact upon education at any level, through inspiring and visionary approaches. 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. 

Each year, The WISE Prize for Education Committee screens the nominations following which an international Jury of distinguished individuals makes the final selection of the Laureate. 

The name of the laureate is announced at the annual Summit’s Opening Plenary Session. The WISE Prize for Education receives a prize of  $500,000 (US) and a gold medal.