The 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was held in Doha, Qatar on 4 to 5 November, gathering more than 2,000 delegates from over 150 countries.

WISE 2015

The Summit drove innovation and creative action in education, proving to one of the world’s leading platforms for innovation in education, drawing on a wide range of networks.

This year again, the Summit brought together distinguished leaders in education–among them HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and First Lady Michelle Obama–whose efforts continue to substantially improve access to and the quality of learning for children in countries worldwide.

In her opening remarks, HH Sheikha Moza stated: “I am hopeful that we can build a bright and better future.” First Lady Michelle Obama shared the notion that further progress in education is possible, emphasizing that the “outstanding work on behalf of women and children here in Qatar and around the world” of HH Sheikha Moza was integral to improvements made to date.

A key highlight of the Summit was the announcement of the WISE Prize for Education laureate. “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.”  says HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser about the prize.

2015 WISE Prize winner 2This year, the WISE Prize for Education was awarded to Dr. Sakena Yacoobi in Doha, Qatar on November 4, 2015. On receiving the WISE Prize for Education, Dr. Yacoobi said, “I feel honored and blessed to be chosen as this year’s WISE Prize for Education Laureate. It is particularly meaningful because this is such a crucial time in Afghanistan. My people live in terror and poverty. They are suffering and feel hopeless. Yet, at this moment a light has appeared. With this Prize, we know that we can continue to educate more and more Afghans, giving them hope and encouraging them to go forward no matter what they are facing. It is such a great gift to me, and I dedicate the Prize to the Afghan Institute of Learning and all of the women, men and children we are educating.” For Dr. Yacoobi, it’s education and not guns that can transform society. She believes that a community-based, holistic approach is key to fostering a respectful environment, creating economic opportunities and promoting healthcare for all.