WISE Tunis - Dialogue for Education and Peace

WISE Tunis - School girls smiling
Date: Thursday, May 26 
Location: IHEC, Tunis
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On 26 May 2016, WISE brought together, for the first time, the current WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, and a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of UTICA (the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts). Dr. Yacoobi, Founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, has worked for over twenty years to bring education to fragile communities.


This high-level gathering also included local education specialists and internationally recognized leaders and experts from countries including Finland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom for a one-day forum at IHEC Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia. The event focused on the role of education in fostering peace and development.

The Tunis forum, produced with the support of BIAT (Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunisie), Ooredoo Tunisia, and IHEC Carthage, was an opportunity to engage key stakeholders in a dialogue for promoting social change, seeking employment solutions for Tunisian youth, as well as exploring innovative teaching and higher education priorities.

In the opening session, Dr. Yacoobi and Ms Bouchamaoui shared their experiences and described diverse strategies they pursued in their countries. A panel discussion with Dr. Yacoobi, a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and Mr. Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of WISE. Panelists explored best practices in education to promote peace and development. The International Broadcaster, Ms Zeinab Badawi, moderated both sessions.

The afternoon plenary session focused on entrepreneurship education. In parallel, two workshops designed specifically for Tunisian educators focused on youth employment and teaching. Students also had an opportunity to meet Dr. Sakena Yacoobi in an open discussion session.

This event was by registration only. 

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Registration and Welcome Coffee
OPENING SESSION: Pathways to Peace
PANEL: Education in the Context of National Reconstruction: Applying Best Practices and Developing Peace
AFTERNOON DISCUSSION: Entrepreneurship Education: Lessons from Research and Approaches for Tunisia WORKSHOP 1: Education and Employment: Designing a project for implementation at IHEC
WORKSHOP 2: Innovative Teaching Challenge: Drafting a manual of best practices
STUDENT SESSION: WISE Prize for Education Laureate Meets Tunisian Youth
 

Registration and Welcome Coffee


Time: 8:30 - 09:30
Location: La Chapelle

Registration closed at 09:30. No late registration accepted.


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OPENING SESSION: Pathways to Peace

Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Plenary Session

Summary: Following welcoming remarks by Mr. Elyas Felfoul, Head of Administration, WISE and Mr. Slim Khalbous, director of IHEC Carthage, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi and Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui set the tone for the day by sharing their experiences and life-long engagement in their communities.

Although facing very different challenges and contexts, they share the common vision that education through community engagement is key for nations and societies to develop and thrive. Their unique paths demonstrate how civil society leaders can take on transformative challenges and advance solutions to promote profound political and cultural change.


Moderator:


Ms Zeinab Badawi,
International Broadcaster,
Sudan, United Kingdom

Speakers:


Dr. Sakena Yacoobi,
Founder and Director,
Afghan Institute of Learning,
2015-16 WISE Prize for Education Laureate,
Afghanistan
Mrs. Ouided Bouchamaoui,
President of UTICA (the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts) and a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,
Tunisia

Mr. Elyas Felfoul,
Head of Administration,
WISE, Qatar Foundation
Tunisia 

Mr. Slim Khalbous,
Director,
IHEC Carthage,
Tunisia
   

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PANEL: Education in the Context of National Reconstruction: Applying Best Practices and Developing Peace

Time: 11:00- 12:15
Location : Plenary Session 

Summary: This high-level panel focused on the role of education to promote peace and development, and its contribution to national reconstruction. Dr. Yacoobi was joined by a representative of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and Mr. Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE. All shared their experience and insights on the best ways to promote peace and facilitate development in fragile contexts.

The panelists explored a range of best practices from various countries and discussed recommendations applicable in the Tunisian context, with an emphasis on access to education for all, economic development and employment.

This international dialogue aimed to inspire new ideas and actions for education in Tunisia.

Moderator:


Ms Zeinab Badawi,
International Broadcaster
Sudan, United Kingdom
Speakers:


Dr. Sakena Yacoobi,
Founder and Director,
Afghan Institute of Learning,
2015-16 WISE Prize for Education Laureate,
Afghanistan

Mr. Stavros N. Yiannouka,
Chief Executive Officer,
WISE, Qatar Foundation,
Cyprus

Ms Lila Pieters,
UNICEF Representative in Tunisia,
Canada

Ikram Maalej,
IHEC Carthage Alumnus,
Tunisia
   


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AFTERNOON DISCUSSION: Entrepreneurship Education: Lessons from Research and Approaches for Tunisia

Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: Plenary Session
Language: English

Summary: The afternoon discussion will start with a global overview of the state of entrepreneurship education and training. Key findings of the WISE report titled, "Entrepreneurship Education: A Global Consideration From Practice to Policy Around the World" will be shared with the audience to structure the conversation.

The panel, composed of international and Tunisian experts, then explored which practices are most relevant and applicable to the Tunisian context.

Moderator:


Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala,
Director of Research,
WISE, Qatar Foundation,
Qatar

Speakers:


Ms Salwa Smaoui,
Middle East & Africa Government Business Leader,
Microsoft,
Tunisia

Ms Mervi Jansson-Aalto,
Director,
Education Partnerships,
Omnia,
Finland

Mr. Khaled Helioui,
CEO,
BigPoint,
Tunisia, France
 

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WORKSHOP 1: Education and Employment: Designing a project for implementation at IHEC

 
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Silénos
Language: French
Number of participants: 40
Attendance is subject to limited availability.

Summary: The high rate of youth unemployment is a growing concern in Tunisia. The aim of this “World Café” style workshop was for participants to design concrete solutions to bridge the gap between education and employment. Registered participants were divided into small groups and each group proposed solutions to help students prepare for a changing labor market, whether it be through partnerships with the private sector, changes in the academic curricula, or through a new approach to skills development. IHEC then chose one of these projects and implement it during 2016-2017.

Moderator:


Mr. Slim Khalbous,
Director,
IHEC Carthage,
Tunisia

Facilitators:


Ms Aya Sadder,
Business Account Manager, VentureFin,
Programs & Partnerships Manager, The Sustainability Platform,
UAE

Mr. Gilbert Doumit,
Managing Partner,
Beyond Reform & Development Group,
Lebanon

Ms Salma Damak Ayadi,
Associate Professor in Accounting
and Academic Dean,
IHEC Carthage,
Tunisia


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WORKSHOP 2: Innovative Teaching: Drafting a Guideline of Best Practices

Time: 14:00 - 16:00 
Location: Sosylos
Language: English
Number of participants: 30
Attendance is subject to limited availability.

Summary: The objective of this workshop was to design a guideline of best teaching practices to help teachers engage students and encourage them to enjoy learning. This workshop was targeted to teachers, school principals and students.

After sharing innovative pedagogic examples from around the world, the group drew a comprehensive list of the best techniques and methods for their classrooms.

Facilitators:


Ms Sherena Mistri-Yiannouka,
Chief Executive,
Phoenix Executive Education & Consulting,
Singapore

Ms Ilhem Mansour,
ELT Senior Inspector,
Regional Education Board of Nabeul,
Tunisia


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STUDENT SESSION: WISE Prize for Education Laureate Meets Tunisian Youth

Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Auditorium Ooredoo
Language: English

Summary: During this session, registered students form IHEC and other universities met Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, the current WISE Prize for Education Laureate, in person for a one-hour conversation and Q&A.

Moderator:


Mr. Lotfi Hamadi,
Founder and Director,
Wallah We Can!,
Tunisia

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi,
Founder and Director,
Afghan Institute of Learning,
2015-16 WISE Prize for Education Laureate,
Afghanistan

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