WISE 2013: “Reinventing Education for Life”

More than 1,200 prominent education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100 countries took part in three days of debate, dialogue and networking.  


Reinventing Education for Life


Learning is fundamental to life. It is key to each individual’s ability to connect with others and to participate fully in professional, cultural and civic life. Learning is also about the ability to think independently, to adapt to change and to live meaningfully and well.

Too often, though, learners lack access to quality, relevant learning whether they are in the developed or developing world. Indeed, there is a widening gap between the learning we have and the learning we need to meet the challenges and aspirations of societies and individuals around the world. 

To address this, the 2013 WISE Summit, Reinventing Education for Life, explored how innovation can close the gap between education, learning and life

How to Bring Learning to Life?

 On Day 1, participants reflected on how we can ensure that learning is relevant to people’s everyday needs and aspirations and addresses real-world challenges and opportunities. Issues to be discussed will include:

  • Literacy and numeracy – How can we guarantee the attainment of minimum standards by all learners? 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) – Do all learners need high-level STEM skills and, if so, how can we teach them most effectively?
  • 21st-Century Citizenship – Are there universal values for global citizenship and if so, how do we impart these to learners?

How to Bring Life to Learning?

 On Day 2 and 3, sessions focused on how international, national and local communities can provide and support lifelong learning that is accessible, lively and engaging. Issues discussed included:

  • Teachers – Can we have education without teachers?
  • Data for education – What are the big questions we want big data to answer and for what purposes? 
  • Risk, success and failures – Are entrepreneurial approaches to risk-taking relevant for educators? 
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) – Will MOOCs improve quality and access for all learners, or are they just the most recent fashion of the day? 
  • Frugal innovation – Can we do more with less?
  • Technology – Is technology liberating learning?


WISE Prize 2013