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
Little Ripples: Culturally Inspired
Tara Akshar Literacy Program
Dr. Marwan Awartani,
Palestine Technical University, Palestine
Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed,
Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies,
Ms Aicha Bah Diallo,
Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE);
former Minister for Education, Guinea
Dr. Nick Burnett,
Results for Development,
Ms Claudia Costin,
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,
Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka,
Chief Executive Officer,
WISE, Qatar Foundation,
- Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, Executive Director, Mama Zimbi Foundation, 2009 WISE Awards Winner, Ghana
- Dr. Rajika Bhandari, Director, IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research, USA
- Mr. Adel Boseli, Head of Incubation Department, Qatar Business Incubation Center, Qatar
- Mr. Kamel Braham, Program Leader, World Bank Human Development Program for the Maghreb, Tunisia
- Dr. Rana Dajani, Founder and Director, We Love Reading; Associate Professor, Hashemite University, 2014 WISE Awards Winner, Jordan
- Prof. Sara de Freitas, Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning and Teaching, Murdoch University, United Kingdom
- Mr. Xueqin Jiang, Deputy Principal, Tsinghua International School, China
- Ms Sheetal Mehta, Trustee and Executive Director of K. C. Mahindra Education Trust (KCMET)
- Ms Anna Penido, Director, Inspirare Institute, Brazil
- Mr. Gabriel Sanchez Zinny, Founder and CEO, Kuepa, USA/Argentina
- Dr. Florence Tobo Lobé, Founder and President, Rubisadt Foundation, Cameroon